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Hannah Karema leaves mark at Miss World pageant

Hannah Karema

A QUEEN! Hannah Karema is not just a pretty face. She is a beauty with purpose, and that was confirmed at the just-concluded Miss World Pageant where she made it to the Top eight. John Kenny Adeya spoke to the reigning Miss Uganda and first runner up Miss World Africa about her Miss World experience.

How did you feel when your name was read out among the Top 8 Miss World contestants?

We were very elated on hearing Uganda being selected in the Top 40. At Top 12, our hearts almost popped out and then when I made it to the Top 8, it was pure ecstasy.

What did you go through to get to the Top 8?

I went through various levels of competition, including sports, talent, Beauty with A Purpose, and the Head to Head challenge. My Beauty with A Purpose project is what earned me a spot in the Top 40.

You emerged first runner up Miss World Africa, what does this mean to you?

The driving force behind the Miss World pageant is that physical beauty alone is not enough – it should be coupled with inner qualities that allow you to have a greater purpose beyond just appearances.

The responsibilities are numerous. The Miss World Africa leaders have a uniting role. They create and run a forum that advocates for Africa at Miss World.

Miss Uganda Karema walks the runway with Miss Botswana. PHOTO/COURTESY/ MISS UGANDA TEAM

You also won Miss World Beauty with A Purpose (Africa). Does this come with any responsibilities?

For Beauty with A Purpose, I was tasked with various roles, including raising awareness and funds for a cause of my choice through public appearances, speeches, interviews and events.

Using my public profile and title to draw attention to the issue or charity I represent.

I also act as a spokesperson and embodying the values associated with philanthropic platforms, inspiring others to get involved and take action on the cause through their advocacy work, volunteering or participating in hands-on initiatives related to their platform and serving as a positive role model by exemplifying intelligence, poise, talent and commitment to service alongside physical beauty.

What next for Karema after Miss World? Any collaborations and projects up your sleeve?

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