Peace Chebet Mutai, a finalist Law student at Kampala International University recently beat a strong lineup of fine ladies to win the Miss Tourism Uganda Eastern Region beauty pageant.
Collins Kakwezi sought her out for a tete-a-tete about her Miss Tourism experience.
How was the whole experience of participating in the Miss Tourism pageant?
It was exciting and majorly a learning experience for me.
When you joined, how did you rate your chances of winning?
I was confident and determined, therefore I rated myself highly.
What factors do you think influenced the judges to choose you as the winner?
My character and my confidence.
What were your family’s views about you participating in a beauty pageant?
My family was happy for me because they believed this was adding value to my CV.
What benefits do you think beauty pageants have especially for young girls like you in terms of furthering their careers?
This is a platform young girls can use to make their dreams come true. It is also important in especially inspiring the girl child.
There is a common feeling among some people that beauty pageants are for girls who are not smart. What’s your take on this?
That is really wrong because you cannot be an ambassador when you are not smart. Today, it is not about beauty, it is about intelligence.
How do you intend to use your title as a woman, student and lawyer?
I want to use this opportunity to represent, inspire and empower women through tourism.
Won’t the newly found fame shift your focus in your academic career as a law student?
No, it won’t. Instead, it will help me practice law even in this field.
Are there any people that played an important role in your win that you would like to express your gratitude to?
My great appreciation goes to my people from Sebei, my friends, the Rotaract Club of Kampala International University.
Well Chebet, we from the Kampala International University community wish you the best in the national competition!