To Top

Date with a celeb : Miss Uganda Zahara gets playful with fan


Facing beauty: She is a few months into her reign, but that did not stop Miss Uganda Zahara Nakiyaga from finding time to catch up with her fan Irene Nakitende Kirabo.

Hi Zahara, how old are you?
I am 23 years old.

How has your reign as Miss Uganda been so far?
So far so good, I am not complaining.

What do you like most about being Miss Uganda?
Meeting different people; I have met the Queen Mother of Tooro, Col. Felix Kulaigye and others I cannot think of right now.

Have you faced any challenges so far?
Nothing has put me off yet.

What are you up to now as Miss Uganda?
We are doing different outreaches with Reach a Hand Uganda, together with the organisers. We reach out to youths, advise them, talk to them about sexual reproductive health, and empower them to stay in school. We are also fundraising for children with disabilities and COSO, a rehabilitation facility, with the help of Mirinda.

What do you expect to achieve as Miss Uganda that previous beauty queen did not?
I have to be relevant after my reign; I have different projects for children with disabilities, among others.

What prizes were you given?
I got Shs4m, a car, DVD player, decoder and other small items.

Who was your biggest competition among the top five?
They were all a challenge but the main ones were Juliana and Ingrid.

What do you think made you win?
According to people, I was confident with the way I answered questions.

Who is Zahara besides being Miss Uganda?
I am a loving, caring, playful, sometimes shy and very reserved person.

Tell me about your family and school background?
I come from a family of four, with two brothers, My dad is called Hajj Kiyaga and my mom is called Hajjat Mariam Nabirye. I went to Shimoni Demonstration School, Kibuli Secondary School and Mariam High School for my secondary education. I have just completed my bachelors’ degree in Development Studies at Makerere University.

What next after Miss Uganda?
I will put my different projects together, such as rearing rabbits, and pineapple farming because my family owns a farm. I will also be working with different NGOs.

Which sport do you play?
I play tennis.

What are your hobbies?
Hanging out with friends and watching movies.

What is your best dish?
Pilau and peas.

Who is your best international artiste?

Where do you love to hang out?
That would be in Jinja; the bungee jumping site, quad biking and boat riding.

Who is your ideal man?
Hahaha. I did not think it would go there. But now that we are there, I would like someone hardworking, religious and understanding.

Do you know how to use a condom?
Yes I do. Back in high school, they used to teach us how to use them.

What topic would you address at a school if the opportunity arises?
I would talk about abstinence because today’s youths are so exposed to everything but if they are educated about abstaining, it could save them from early pregnancies and STDs.

Between fire and water, what would you choose?
I would prefer water because water is cool and it puts out fire.

If you were the president of Uganda, which law would you pass?
I would pass a much bigger sentence for people who defile and molest children. A sentence that would make them regret their actions.

Send an e-mail to and tell us the celebrity you want to meet and we shall make it happen. Don’t forget to include your telephone contact.
You can also SMS us. Type the word Sqoop (leave a space), the name of the celeb and send to 6933.

Leave a comment

More in Features

  • ZuliTums reveals self with Invictus album

        ZuliTums is among those people whose voice was gifted to us in the lockdown. Crossing from being just a...

    Isaac SsejjombweNovember 30, 2020
  • A toast to Kampala-Rome

    There is a lot that can be written about the relationship between Italy and Uganda. For instance in 1906, Italian mountaineer...

    Andrew KaggwaNovember 30, 2020
  • Did local celebs let their fanbase down?

    The struggle:  Like they are quick to show solidarity with other countries, shouldn’t celebs stand with their fans in time of...

    Andrew KaggwaNovember 27, 2020
  • I didn’t choose Gospel, God did

    Soulful: Many will recognise her as Gaby, the gossip girl on Spark TV’s Live Wire show, but there is a sultry,...

    David Stanley MukoozaNovember 27, 2020
  • Victoria Nayiga uses her music to share God’s love

    Many people join the music industry to get money, while others want to use music to spread various messages. Victoria Nayiga...

    sqoopadminNovember 23, 2020
  • How the journey started for them

    Looking back: They might be in the limelight now but most of our celebrities have been in positions, places and done...

    Isaac SsejjombweNovember 21, 2020
  • No prize for Miss Tourism as outgoing beauty queen receives car

    Sonia Komugisha 23, a Kyambogo University student of Bachelor’s degree in Textile and Apparel Design was on Sunday evening crowned Miss...

    Isaac SsejjombweNovember 16, 2020
  • Crysto Panda drops Ayii EP

    If it wasn’t for this Covid-19 lockdown, Crysto Panda would probably have gone down in history as one of those people...

    Isaac SsejjombweNovember 16, 2020
  • Cinemas open to empty seats

    The cinema culture in Uganda has come a long way. There was a time when cinema was for snobs, people wondered...

    Andrew KaggwaNovember 16, 2020