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POA Star Search ends as Sandra Nansambu wins UGX 60M in prizes

By Michael Nampala  09 August 2021 11:00am EAT

The search for the Pearl of Africa (POA) star ended yesterday at Speke Resort Munyonyo with Nansambu Sandra being crowned the winner. She also becomes Uganda's Tourism Ambassador taking home 60 Million worth of prizes.

Sandra Nansambu wins the POA search

Sandra Kalungi Nansambu, 18, is the winner of Pearl of Africa star search, she is also a Uganda Tourism Ambassador

The 18-year-old trounced six finalists that were selected from the top 50. Kalungi as known to many delivered a message of hope and acceptance to people living with disabilities.

The Pearl of Africa Star Search is a nationwide talent search competition aimed at promoting tourism through music. The contestants were taken all over Uganda visiting some of the top tourist attractions in the land.


In the week leading up to the Grand Finale, Sandra performed Rema Namakula's 'Siri Muyembe' song that made her qualify in the top six, but the comments from all the three judges could point to nothing but a winner.

Joanita Kawalya said she was impressed because she owned the song. Flawless was the remark from judge Cindy while Navio  loved the eye contact and the fact that she added a bit of spicing to the song which was all good.

Sandra is so talented going by her previous performances at all the elimination stages.

Navio, Cindy and Joanita Kawalya
The judges Navio, Cindy and Joanita Kawalya performed

The Grand finale show that was live on YouTube and NBS TV had Sheila Salta and Kella McKenzie as the hosts.

Judges Navio, Cindy and Joanita Kawalya performed and so was Spice Diana. The Radiant Brand Ambassador, Lydia Jazmine was also in attendance clad in a long slit African wear outfit.

The six finalists were; Agami Tonny (POA03), Nansambu Sandra (POA06), Bruce Dickson (POA12), Balunya Ibrahim (POA08), and Mirembe Tracy (POA15) and Yesuanjagala Carsteen (POA25).

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