There are so many women in Africa that have done so many great things but haven’t been recognized in history then there are those whose light shone so bright nothing could hide their efforts. In honor of Women’s day, this week and the next, we are going to honor some of the powerful outstanding women in Uganda and across Africa recognizing what they have contributed to our country in different aspects.
Among the most beautiful- intelligent women in the history of Uganda and fashionable you cannot miss the elegant stoic and graceful Princess Elizabeth Bagaya Nyabogo of Toro who is a living pillar that proves that a woman can achieve so much more in life than what is dictated for her. Born to the Omukama (King) George D. Rukiidi III of Toro (1924-1965) and the Lady Kezia Byanjeru between the late 1930s and early 1940s of Toro Kingdom in the West of Uganda, Princess Bagaya as one of the legal children of the King was entitled to being a Royal Princess and the head of the other Princesses in the court (Batebe).
She attended Kyebambe Girl’s School and continued her education from Gayaza High School but later finished her high school from Sherborne an all girls’ school in England something that most women were not doing at that time.
Princess Elizabeth went ahead to study Law, History and Political Science at the University of Cambridge and at it was here at Cambridge that the Princess met many influential people that would help cement her place in history as one of the most influential women in history.
She was one of the first East African women to be admitted to the English bar which she finished highly.
During the reign of Obote the First, Monarchs were abolished Elizabeth had to flee to the United Kingdom and honoring an invite from Princess Margaret of England where she modeled in a show that paved her way to the world of fashion. The Princess modeled in several British fashion shows and ended up being the first Black African woman to grace the covers of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, she was also an actress and was cast in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart plus No Longer At Ease films in Nigeria and Sheena.
The Princess has also been a Minister and Ambassador for the different governments of Uganda, she abandoned the life of glamour and fame to come back and fight for her Kingdom and her people till the Monarchs were reinstated under Kaguta Museveni who is still the President of Uganda since 1986.
After all these years the; Laywer, Activist Princess, Actress, Model and most of all an African Woman, Princess Bagaya is still a role model for so many young women in Uganda because she made an effort to step out of a shell to be more.
We at M-iDEA, salute you Princess Elizabeth Bagaya for all that you did and helping erase an image that an African woman was only meant for marriage and child birth.