When I first got to know about the Miss Nigeria Russia beauty pageant, I figured it would be a good platform for me to show people that Nigeria is a beautiful country with beautiful ladies. I knew I was not just going out there to represent myself and my country, but was going to showcase and represent Africa. On the personal side of this ambition, I wanted to graduate as queen since I am currently a final year student of International law. I wanted a bigger platform to nurture and propel my passion to inspire and motivate younger ladies, to let them know it is possible to chase your dreams without compromising your integrity or beliefs; to let them know it is possible to be beautiful, intelligent, hard working and well behaved. I honestly love a good challenge, so I had it at the back of my mind that there are only two possible outcomes – either I would win, or I would learn. No opportunity seized is ever a waste and I was certain it would be an experience I would not regret.
TALKING ON HER CHALLENGES…the amiable Miss Nigeria Russia 2014 has this to say;
Combining my academic obligations with assembling a pageant team to help me out was not easy as everyone had school work on their plates as well. I basically went to school by day and stayed up at night trying to get as many Facebook likes as possible to increase my chances of becoming Miss Nigeria Russia 2014. The target was to get 1000 likes which I did with the help of some very loyal friends. My team and I worked hard to get the talent performance in order; we literally had just a week to perfect it. I also decided to recite a poem because I did not want a performance people will forget so easily. Through the recitation I wanted everyone to be reminded that we all have a role to play in building up our country and continent; we cannot keep running away to enjoy the comforts of other countries while abandoning our home. I needed the performance to be exciting and electric which
I believe it was, but that was not the most rewarding part. The most rewarding part of this whole experience was learning that hard work pays off and nothing good comes easy; my friend grandmother once told me ” no sweat, no sweet”. I also learnt that not everyone will support your dream but you must accept and appreciate those who are willing to work with you to achieve your goal, and you certainly cannot expect people to invest more in you than you are willing to invest in yourself. Once people see how serious you are, and how much you want to win and attain excellence, they will have no choice but to put in the hard work that is required.
I still feel like the same lady I was before God decided to bless me with a physical crown and a platform to effect positive changes in my own little way. I am eternally humbled by the love and support I got from family and friends. During my reign as queen I will do my best to raise awareness on domestic violence, and I will also try to remind girls that it is possible to be beautiful, smart, hard working and decent while chasing your dreams. I believe every girl wears an invisible crown and must always remember she is a queen. You may not have a physical crown or be Miss Nigeria in Russia but you are a queen and must always have self respect.
I would like to thank the other contestants for the amazing experience; it was awesome getting to know you all. I also thank my able team for working really hard to bring the crown to Rostov. My makeup artist Ejovwo Williams, and my costume manager Jane Williams, for making me look and feel like a queen. Last but not least I thank God for this experience, and I dedicate my crown to Sharon Praise Arowolo for all she taught me while she was still alive. Special thanks to the organizers of the event, accept my heartfelt appreciation. Thank you all.
Secretary of Education and Students Affair(s) Nigerian Community in Russian Federation. Idahosa Stephen Osaherumwen