It was a good weekend for Uganda as the country beat the much-fancied Burkina Faso football team 2-1 in the inaugural CHAN tournament. Add to that the crowning of the very first winner of the Tyra Banks created "Africa's Next Top Model" competition hosted by Supermodel Oluchi.
After months of competition, Stacy Aamito won the title ahead of two other finalist African professional models Nigeria's Opeyemi Awoyemi and Michaela Pinto from Angola.
Aamito was born in Kitgum and began modelling at the age of 16, with Arapapa models. She is a Mass Communication graduate from the Uganda Christian University and will receives a 1-year modelling contract with New York based modelling agency DNA, $50,000 cash prize and product endorsement deals from P&G, Snapp and Etisalat amongst others.
The following letter from Aamito was published on the competitions Facebook page yesterday to the over 120,000 fans of the show.
I AM AFRICA'S FRIST EVER NEXT TOP MODEL!!!! This is a surreal moment in my life and career.
I would firstly like to thank God, for allowing this path in this journey that I have committedly begun. I would like to thank, super host Oluchi for having paid me any attention.
Josie Borain and Remi Adetiba, I will not disappoint you thank you all so much..
My family and friends we have done it! It couldn't have been possible without you all. Thank you.
Africa but first, my beautiful country Uganda who have put all their trust in me, encouraged and supported me from day 1, thank you.
Beautiful Africa and even more beautiful people from around the world ,that have all shown me nothing but love ,I am extremely humbled and overwhelmed by the tremendous and mind blowing support you beauties have shown me over the past 10 weeks..
My fellow contestants, you were all great and together we have formed a sisterhood of ANTM Africa cycle1 cast.
All 11 of you taught me a lot and I definitely carry a part of each of you in me, I wish you all endless success.
To the ATMN team, thank you, thank you, and thank you.
And there you have it, the throne is yours Uganda, lets together keep it shining bright.