Princess Elizabeth Bagaaya
Princess Elizabeth Christobel Edith Bagaaya Akiiki was a Princess Royal (Batebe) of the Kingdom of Tooro under the reign of King Patrick David Matthew Kaboyo Olimi III. She is a daughter of the Rukirabasaija George David Kamurasi Rukiidi III of Tooro (1924-1965): thus, a paternal aunt of the King of Tooro, Rukidi IV. Princess Bagaaya is a lawyer, politician, diplomat, and model. She was the first female East African to be admitted to the English Bar. She earned her place in history as being the third African woman to graduate from Cambridge in 1962 with a law degree. She also became the first black model to be on the front cover of the American Vogue Magazine in 1968. She has acted in several films, including the “Bullfrog in the Sun” based on Chinua Achebe’s two books: “Things Fall Apart” and “No Longer at Ease.” She is also remembered for her role in Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, a 1984 Columbia Pictures film. To date, Princess Bagaaya remains an icon and inspiration to the African people.