Patience Martha Ahebwa from St Joseph’s Nsambya is the new Mirinda Miss Teen 2013. Ahebwa who is in her senior four beat sixteen teenage girls from various schools across the country. Seeta High School’s fourteen year old Monica Namulindwa was first runner up. Linda Guhirwa, an S4 student at Namagunga Girls was second runner up.

Winner Ahebwa took home a cash prize of shs2 million on top of earning a shopping voucher from Mr Price, airtime, a phone among other goodies. Mirinda will cover her school fees for a year. All the 17 finalists were tried and tested in grooming, eloquence, fun and intelligence in different schools across the country. Ahebwa proved to be the most Well groomed, articulate and eloquent with a playful side.

The finalists- chosen from more than 400 girls during the search in Jinja, Mbale, Bushenyi and Kampala- designed clothes, danced, acted

and sang their way to the finals. Previously, the contest only focused on beauty. But this time round Mirinda Brand Manager Bernadette Kizza explained the slight difference revealing that they were looking at more than just beauty for one to win.

Qualities like confidence and eloquence were key in giving Ahebwa the prized crown. “After this long search Ahebwa has proven to be the most articulate and eloquent girl. I congratulate her,” Kizza said. The first and second runners-up pocketed shs1.5 million and shs1 million respectively. Meanwhile Natasha Nakisitu from Buddo SS won Miss Fashionista, one Samalie from Brilliant High School was voted Miss Brainy.

Some of the contestants from different parts of the country included Joselyn Babirye from Nabbingo, Patricia Owori from Mbale district, Jill Musoke Nalugwa from Gayaza, and Linda Muhoza from Bushenyi among others. Besides, the free Mirinda goodies and games that were available, teenagers were treated to performances by musicians Navio, Rema, Iryn Ntale and comedian Anne Kansiime.

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