By Our Reporter
Many expectations and fulfillments come with beauty queen tiaras for title holders. However, for Miss Ahlam Ismail aka Lamu, a Ugandan musician and Miss Earth Uganda 2021-2022, none of the promises made to her were fulfilled.
In a video shared on her social media, Lamu on August 19, exposed the cunning character of Ms. Monica Akech, the national director of Miss Planet Uganda, Miss Planet International and Miss Earth Uganda.
The former beauty Queen was cautioning the reigning title holder, Miss Caroline Ngabire to be very careful of their director. Lamu revealed that the director excluded her during the crowning of Miss Ngabire because during her crowning, she was promised a lot of things like money, jobs, partnerships, being on projects, traveling, gadgets and many other things that she never came to see because things fell apart.
“Immediately after the ceremony, the national director failed to pay people on the team and she got into a serious debt. I was not supported by the national director, she lied to me, she tricked me, she used me, I do not understand why but she did. She promised me all these things that she failed to fulfill and now she refuses to have me at the ceremony where I will crown the next queen because the contract states that I have to be paid Shs 10 million which she wants to avoid,” she said
Lamu continued to say that the director uses the events to get money from sponsors but does not offer any training or sponsorship to the beauty queens.
A few months later after her crowning, Miss Caroline Ngabire allegedly got bounced at the Airport on Saturday with a dummy ticket for Qatar Airways which was reportedly given to her by Monica Aketch , the Miss Earth Uganda Director. The reigning Miss Earth Uganda is expected in the Philippines to represent Uganda at the Miss Earth pageant, slated for November 29.
A few days ago, Beauty queens from different corners of the world jetted to Uganda to represent their states at the Miss Planet International pageant which was to be held in Uganda. These too were also reportedly scammed by the organizer, Monica Aketch. The pageant was cancelled and they were left broke and stuck in Uganda.
Miss Plant Czech republic, Tamila Sparrow exposed the happenings on her Instagram Story when she wrote: “I have to apologize, but unfortunately, we were robbed. We haven’t had even 10% of activity, nothing was paid, nor our accommodation nor our food, we are stuck in Uganda. We have been trying to solve it,”
She later shared the full story after landing in her country.
“People are really wrong. We had a week in Uganda this supposed Miss Planet contest and during this whole week we didn’t have a paid hotel. At the beginning we were in an apartment 3 in the same bed with the same towel without food because they didn’t give us meals. Our sash ceremony was in the middle of a grass and the activities that were supposed to take place did not exist.
Then we went to another hotel again deceived because after one day we found out that we had not been paid. That is, the hotel kept our passports and the police were called. This Monica was taken by the police and we had to pay the hotel to get back to our countries safely on the same day that we had at this hotel. We only had one activity, they continued without giving us food and saying that we supposedly had other activities and we were just waiting.
After that, some even had to go to the police to testify. We called the CEO of this contest and after days he said he was coming. He doesn’t know how to give reasons and still hangs up our cell phone.
A week has passed without food, without accommodation, without activities, without a place to hold the competitions, everything in this contest was a lie, we were scammed and we ran out of our money, she said