Ruth Jemie Kamara
Hello ladies and gentlemen, I am Ruth Jemie Kamara from the blissful country Sierra Leone west Africa. Also known as lion mountains, a major producer of gold. I am a unique diamond representing the face of pregnant teenagers of the republic of sierra Leone. I am the youngest of seven siblings, my Mom is a teacher/business woman and Dad is a cornel in the military.I am currently pursuing an associate degree at highline community college hoping to get a bachelors in nursing (BSN). I am a caregiver working at a nursing home. Being a caregiver for the past three years has been the best experiences of my life, Because, it makes me to be empathetic,patience,compassionate, trustworthy, attentive and dependable. These are the qualities that I have, all because of my job and these qualities have made me to come to love my job and be happy with what I do. I am a activist and a humanitarian that have engaged in a lot of community services over the years. My hobbies are watching medical shows, reading history books,cooking, dancing, volunteering with any community activity, and working. I am delighted to be part of this life changing experience, being the voice of the voiceless and helping bring change for the eradication of teenage pregnancy and allowing them to get an education and brighten their future. Also to be among beauty queens who are going to inspire the world and impact different countries I thank you.
Ruzeda Antoinette Fields
Though, still learning and growing, Ruzeda has overcome many trials and adversities that have shaped her into the young woman she is today. What sparked Ruzeda’s interest to speak and advocate for those living with HIV/AIDS is her local Tanzanian community in Seattle.
She has dedicated her life to seeing an AIDS free generation in her lifetime and is currently involved in local AIDS service organizations for volunteer that do instrumental work around HIV/AIDS in Seattle to learn and help serve the community such as: BABES Network-YWCA, Lifelong AIDS Alliance and Inspire Youth Project (formerly known as ‘Rise N’ Shine’).
Ruzeda finds personal strength in the words of wisdom provided to her by her mentor Tranisha Arzah who is already recognized nationally from the important work she has been doing for PLHIV (People Living with HIV). Ruzeda’s personal motto comes from Tranisha who once said “Just be YOU!” with that she reminds herself to just be her best self and to be happy with what she contributes to the world no matter what! It is through the power and lesson of these words that Ruzeda was able to became the first in her family to publicly stand for what she believes in.
Upon completion of school, Ruzeda plans to start a non-profit organization whose goal is to break barriers for the Tanzanian diaspora whose second, third, or even fourth language is English; providing comprehensive education around the western medicine, making HIV/AIDS outreach accessible to these communities within the King County area; and also serving these communities through a one-on-one peer mentorship program.
When Ruzeda wins the Miss Africa Washington state pageant, she will use this notoriety to help grow her services from the busy streets of Seattle all the way to the beaming heat of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania!
Hello, my name is Andile Mpofu and I am 23 years of age. I was born and brought up in Zimbabwe. I came to the United States in the year 2013 to further my education and I am currently studying Business Economics at Green River College in Seattle, Washington and will be minoring in Finance. I enjoy working with youths from all sorts of backgrounds. I have had the privilege and honor to work with some children’s homes in Zimbabwe before coming to the US. These are centers where I would go and be a mentor to children who came from disadvantaged or broken families. To be the older sister and listener they never had but wished for and empowering then in all sorts of areas of their lives. Within one month upon arriving in the US I started volunteered at my church in Bellevue, WA, teaching in the children’s ministry. I have been a children’s ministry teacher for about four years and counting now. Amongst many other community involvements I have worked with foodbanks to feed the hungry in my community here in the Seattle, Washington area. Like I mentioned earlier youth empowerment is not all I stand for, my heart also beats after feeding the hungry and educating the disadvantaged child. It is not right for any child to go without food. Zimbabwe being a country facing a lot of economic problems there are underprivileged children who go to school on an empty stomach. However, those that can afford to go to school even on empty stomachs can be considered privileged by those who resort to anti- social behaviors and or go through the vicious cycle of poverty due to lack of education funds. It is impossible to rebuild a country when its youths are uneducated. This is why as Miss Africa-Washington I will take it upon myself to advocate for the hungry and the uneducated in offices of higher authorities not only in Zimbabwe but all over Africa as well as here in the US.
Mahanfa Madina Koné
Mahanfa Madina Koné, born in Cocody, Côte D' Ivoire ( Ivory Cost) in the 90's. Madina moved from Abidjan in 2000 to Paris, France at the age of 6 where she grew up. In her teenage years, Madina relocated to Tacoma, Washington to terminate high school. Throughout secondary school, despite English as her second language she took interest and engaged herself in various community service programs. From assisting uncared-for/ forlorn plebians, agricultural work to cleaning services. She indeed has learned a lot. Conjointly to her helpful spirit, Madina was also helping Special Need Children with severe different illnesses attending the same facility. Madina was devoted, comprehensive and empathetic towards them. Once again she has gained powerful knowledge through these experiences and learned how to be more appreciative of every moments and details of her life. During that period her older sister and herself manage through dedication, hard work and sacrifies to launch a salon in University Place, Washington called Miracle African Braiding. Madina then graduated the same year and decided to take a little step back on her education to take care of the freshly open salon. Few years later she enrolled in a Tacoma Community College to pursue her studies in Psychology. One of Madina's dream is to be able to obtain her master's degree in Psychology to open her own rehabilitation center specialize in mentally ill children, as well as therapy for married or non-married couples.
This year 2016 Madina is currently participating in Miss Africa Washington established by Miss Zeynab Koroma/ Miss Senegal, representing her exquisite country Côte D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) with 15 other beautiful and powerful women who are apprehensive about the future of Africa. Africa our rich but suffering in many ways continent. Madina is dedicated and wishes well for Africa. Especially her country, therefore the reason why as her pageant platform she chose the very fragile but important subject of Illiteracy. Illiteracy in Abobo, Côte D'Ivoire a very fortuneless area of Abidjan the economic capital of Côte D'Ivoire. As a Namibian proverb says "Learning expands great souls..." Madina strongly believes in that statement and also that education is life, knowledge and development. Without cultivation very less can be accomplish, especially for the African continent who tends to be behind with lack of knowledgebase. This is why Mahanfa Madina Koné is ready to do the possible and impossible with genuine help to make a change in her brothers and sisters lifes.
Nancy Danielle Tourè-Yapo
Born on November 5, 1990 at 5:43 PM from a very young age she knew she wanted to help others in anyway shape or form. Being an employee of nursing homes to an airline employee has allowed her to consistently exercise her brand to reach audiences by being an effective mentor, advisor and consultant for those in need. She is assisting an orphanage in Treichville which is located in Abidjan, Côte D'IVOIRE and also does volunteer work around the Seattle Puget Sound area.
Nancy Danielle Tourè-Yapo is currently working on her immediate goal to become a commercial airline pilot. Her future endeavors are to devise a program internationally in connection with other world known organizations that will help shelter, educate and create jobs for orphans.