By Chris Zumani Zimba
Truth be told, Uganda’s Museveni is very right that Miss World Africa is supposed to be natural and original presenting herself in true African beauty with real Afro hair or wigs than wearing Brazilian, Indian or Portuguese hair. To me, its like crowning someone as Miss World Africa who is African by face and body but an Indian or Brazilian by hair or wigs.
Tweeting a photo with fellow Ugandan Quinn Abenakyo shortly after her pageant win today, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has criticised the newly crowned Miss World Africa from his country for “wearing Indian hair”. The Ugandan leader said “we must show African beauty in its natural form”, he added.
Asked what Mr Museveni meant by “Indian hair”, his spokesman Don Wanyama told the BBC: “Just look at the photo and you will see the type of hair.”It’s an unnatural wig, he was saying she should wear her natural hair.”
Many on social media have defended Miss Abenakyo’s choice to style her hair as she pleases, and have hit back at President Museveni’s comments about “Indian hair”.
Presidential spokesman Mr Wanyama would not be drawn on whether it was a reference to the hair’s texture or its presumed country of origin – India is one of the world’s largest suppliers of human hair for wigs.
Quinn Abenakyo told the BBC she agreed with the president about “not trying to copy what the Western world does”, but added:
“It’s 50/50 for me depending on occasion and how I feel. No-one needs to define how you wear your hair and what you do. If you are comfortable that is what matters.” Miss Abenakyo said she was “the happiest girl on the planet” after her pageant victory.
While we agree with President Museveni on calling upon African women to love their natural and original beauty, it is important to remember that Africa is dominantly on copy and paste especially from the West. The political system, official languages, dress code or religious beliefs so widespread on the continent are stubbornly and visibly Western in nature, a true case of copy and paste.
Chris Zumani Zimba is a prolific Political Scientist, Analyst, Author, Blogger, PhD Scholar, Researcher and Consultant. Besides being the CEO and Managing Consultant at Chrizzima Democracy University (CDU) in Zambia, he analyses African politics weekly on Voice of the Cape Town, South Africa every Wednesday at 16:45hours CAT. So far, he has authored more than 10 political and academic books as well as published over 100 well researched articles.