There is a new ‘Queen’ in town, the newly crowned Miss World Africa, Quinn Abenakyo.
However, Ugandan President has an issue to pick with Quinn. Sure she is tall and beautiful. These traits must be part of the reason she got voted as the Miss World Africa, but President Yoweri Museveni thinks she should have worn her natural hair instead of the ‘Indian hair.’
President Museveni took to Twitter and posted a picture he took with Quinn after she won the pageant.
Abenakyo is indeed a tall, beautiful Musoga girl. My only concern is that she was wearing Indian hair. I have encouraged her to keep her natural, African hair. We must show African beauty in its natural form. pic.twitter.com/UbY3AXh6TL
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) December 19, 2018
That Tweet elicited a lot of strong reactions, with other supporting the President, and others saying Quinn has the freedom to wear whichever hair pleases her style. Be that as it may, India is still one of the largest suppliers of human hair used in making wigs.
In an interview with the BBC, Quinn did agree that she was “not trying to copy what the Western world does… It’s 50/50 for me depending on the occasion and how I feel. No-one needs to define how you wear your hair and what you do. If you are comfortable that is what matters.”
Here are some Tweets from the opposing opinion on President Museveni’s tweet.
On this Mr President, I, all the way from Tanzania 🇹🇿 I second you! Great point there. They may not like it, but you have said it the way it is!
— Babantu (@jaxonluka) December 19, 2018
The wigs thing, Oga Prezzo! I need this courage in 2019. pic.twitter.com/5tmPpjS5Qt
— Opiyo justin (@Opiyojustin) December 19, 2018
My concern too Mr president would be the so many local engineers who are loosing there jobs to Chinese and Japanese natives. It’s not being patriotic and creating African beauty mr
— Tebuseeke Fredrick (@TefreckHandsome) December 19, 2018
Mr. President, with all due respect, in a moment of national pride, you invoked her tribe?! 🤔🤔🤔 Couldn’t you just say she’s a beautiful Ugandan girl? The only way to stamp out tribalism and nepotism is for us to put country before tribe.
— JoshMali (@joshmali) December 20, 2018