She was born at Mulago hospital before being moved to United Kingdom at the age of one.
Maria’s parents hail from Kyotera, Masaka.
Maria grew up just like any other African family with strict rules and regulations. She was brought up speaking her mother tongue, Luganda, until she joined school. “My father would not allow us to speak English in the house,” she adds.
Maria is glad that her father taught them Luganda – as it helped them keep their roots,” says Namiiro in an interview with Chimp Corp Yvonne Turahirirwe.
“My mother too was very keen at teaching us the Buganda norms and culture so I have grown up knowing how a Muganda lady should behave,” she explains.
Namiiro went to Usuline High school, then attended Carshalton College where she obtained a Business Secretarial Diploma.
She then moved on to Fareham College after three years at Carshalton and obtained a worldwide Travel diploma.
While in school, Namiiro preferred to hang around boys rather than girls.
“This always got me into trouble because the boys were always fighting.”
Maria was very talkative, confident and loved making friends and still is even now.
WHERE IS SHE NOW?
Currently, Namiiro is a humanitarian and represents two NGO’s, Ganda Foundation and Latitude Care network, both located in UK and Uganda.
She also works as a secretary for a photography company and will be going back to college to take on other course.
“Education never stops,” she says, confidently.
Namiiro is a former Miss Uganda UK 2009 and also former Miss Uganda 2009 but says she has no interest in modeling.
“I am not into modeling and was never into modeling – my passion and hobby were Pageants representing my country.”
She loves spending her time travelling, quad biking, shopping and hanging out with friends.
When it comes to relationships, Maria chooses to be single.
“I have no particular reasons for being single; I don’t believe in searching. They will come to you if it is meant to be it shall,” she stresses. .
Maria finds her inspiration in her mother and the queen of Buganda Sylvia Naginda. She has also got numerous achievements in her life.
Namiiro represented Uganda at Miss World in South Africa 2009 and met Jacob Zuma.
“Kneeling down for him showcased where I was coming from and my culture.
He warmly received me,” she recalls.
The gorgeous lass has also represented Uganda in nine pageants internationally.
Another great achievement for the lovely beauty queen is finishing her studies up to a Diploma level and handing over Two Theatre Beds With The Ganda Foundation in April at Kawolo Hospital with the GANDA BOYS.
“We worked so hard that it felt so good to finally see that we are helping the people with these beds,” recalls an excited Maria.
Despite the great achievements, Maria found it difficult being accepted by her own people but this didn’t stop her from achieving her dreams.
She always told herself “I am myself – Maria Namiiro. I will shine with the strength of God and can get through and overcome any challenge”.
As regards future plans, Maria believes she can only plan for the present.
“I plan for the present, only God knows what the future holds.”