Month: July 2017

Gambia #1 | Fatoumata Jatta

Fatoumata Jatta

Greetings ladies and gentlemen,
Welcome to the smiling coast of Africa, The Gambia.
My name is Fatoumata Jatta and I am proud and honored to be representing my beautiful country in the Miss Africa Washington State Pageant 2017. My amazing country is Known for being the Smallest country in African but despite being geographically small, we are a great country filled with big hearted people. About 50,000 British tourist visit the Gambia every year. The country is composed with many different ethnics. We have The Mandinka, the Wolof, the Fula, the Jola, the Serahuli, the Serer, the Aku and the Manjago. Gambia is also known to be the home of the great #kunta #kinteh.
My favorite thing about my Gambia is, knowing that you will never find anyone sleeping on the streets or anyone suffering because we take care of our own.
Unfortunately the last 20years, our country went, downhill. From my point of view, my people became depressed as the years went by. My people are mentally depressed and no one wants to talk about it. Many people are afraid to live the way, they desired because of fear. There was no freedom of expression in my country till recently with our new government. Even though things are getting better, my people are still afraid to express themselves and talk about things that they believe in.
Imagine going through that as a 13 year old. I know many of you are probably asking what in the world, could a 13 year old be depressed about? Do you know 9 out of 10 people in my country are mentally depressed? Mental depression is a serous issue. The culture we are raised in, we are taught to always be strong and never show weakness. Can you imagine what happens when you can't stay strong anymore? These are questions everyone should be asking themselves. I believe it is high time we create a platform where my people come together and be open to talk about DEPRESSION. with your support, I would love to be the one to facilitate such a big step toward getting rid of depression in my Gambian community here and in the Gambia.
The connections and relationships you build with people are very important in resolving this issue.
Please support me on this journey of becoming Miss Africa Washington State 2017 and help make a difference in my community.
Thank you very much.

South Sudan #1 | Nyalong Chuol

Maka Ege

Greetings, my name is Nyalong Chuol and I will be one of the representatives for South Sudan, the nation's newest country in Africa. I am honored to be apart of the Miss Africa Washington pageant this year, I am a full time student and currently teach pre kindergarten and work at Nike. My lifelong goal is to become an obstetrician gynecologist and own my own private practice. An OB/GYN in other words is the doctor that delivers babies, I am a very happy and caring person I think it'd be an amazing fit. I am the last of 5, my family immigrated to the United States over 20 years ago because of the war. My platform is empowering the youth, I want to bring awareness to the issues that the Sudanese community faces here in the US with gun violence, incarceration and much more. With my platform I want to bring the conversation to the table and most importantly some change, such as educational outreach programs and mentorships. I plan to connect the youth with mentors who are able to share their stories and the lesson they've learned growing up. My main focus is the youth because they are the future, I would love to help keep them out of the streets and jails so that they can become effective members of society. I believe through education and sports they can truly reach their full potential. My secondary focus is awareness to the war back home and unity, Africa is easily divided because of the tribalism my county included. I want to unite different kinds of Sudanese people through events in connection with the South Sudanese Youth Committee. I won't be able to make change on my own, as I embark on this journey I hope you all are able to join me! Thank you kindly Miss South Sudan.

Somalia | Maka Ege

Maka Ege

My name is Maka Ege. I was born in the beautiful country known as the horn of Africa Somalia. Somalia is located on the east side of Africa. Somalia is the only peninsula in Africa and one of the many countries the equator runs through. Coming to this country as an immigrant from a refugee camp my family always valued education as a way out. I graduate from Central Washington University with all honors where I received my degree in elementary education and minor in TESOL and a bilingual endorsement and a teacher certification. I am currently an ESL teacher at one of the most diverse colleges in the Pacific Northwest Renton Technical College. I have the amazing opportunity to meet and help many different student all over the world. I love teaching student to gain the proper knowledge they need to become successful in this world. In today society we need more people educating our youth to make better choices in life. I am so excited to be a part of a pageant that value and help young women develop self-confidents within themselves. In addition to helping spread awareness to many political issues that’s happening in our society. My platform for the 2017 African Washington state pageant will be (Standing against Islamophobia). Poor innocent people around the world are getting killed only based on their religious differences. I will use my platform to be the voice for the voiceless. I understand people fear what they don’t know but it’s my mission to help people understand being different is something beautiful.
I plan to enlighten the minds and connect with the soul through beautiful engaging conversations. I believe that “If people don’t know something let them know. Don’t be mad that they didn’t know” a lack of knowledge create misconceptions and stereotypes but a simple gain of knowledge creates a better society.

Zimbabwe | Shamiso Samantha Madzonganyika

Shamiso Samantha Madzonganyika

Hello my name is Shamiso Samantha Madzonganyika. I was born in Bulawayo Zimbabwe. I am 24 years old and I am currently working as a preschool teacher. I attended Sierra College in California, where I studied early childhood education. Children have always been a passion of mine, which is the reason I chose to focus my platform on rape. In Zimbabwe young children (mostly girls) are the main targets of rape. Being a part of the MISS AFRICA WASHINGTON organization, will not only help me grow as an individual but also allow me the ability to bring awareness to this cause. My goal is to start a nonprofit organization, that will focus on spreading awareness and ending the cycle of rape in Zimbabwe.

Nigeria | Oluebube Lynda

Oluebube Lynda

My name is Oluebube Lynda, I come from the beautiful, multi talented, multi cultural country of Nigeria. I am currently working as a CNA, aspiring to go for a degree in pharmacy by the mercies of God by September. And I count it a privilege to be one of the finalists in the Miss Africa Washington state 2017 pageant, representing my beloved country Nigeria.

Nigeria is known as the giant of Africa with its resources and beautiful heritage and culture and has also provided a lot of educated young women and men in and out of this country but unfortunately in some part of this great nation there are still cultural, religious beliefs and norms that do not value the education of certain gender that brings me to my platform ''promoting girl child education". Education is the right of every child irrespective of gender, abilities, and background but I choose to specify the girl child because she has been devalued, stigmatized, denied her right because of factors like traditions, poverty, beliefs and poor parental guidance.Recently on a speech by the president of my country he said and i quote ''that his wife belongs to the kitchen and the other room'' this has been the mentality of so many in the society where I come from,parents think sending a girl child to school is a waste of money and investment as she is only good to be a wife and a mother thereby denied her 'right to deploy her potentials and God given gifts.
As a privileged young lady who has seen the better side of life and have been in environment where incident like this occurred,through this platform I want to be a voice to young ladies who are embedded with potentials, dignity, glory, and virtues to stand up for who they are, refuse to be buried by what culture tells them.
Through this platform and should I become the miss AFRICA 2017 I'll be able to work with other nongovernmental bodies and educational bodies to organize seminars that further educate this young ladies about the importance of education and where it places them in society.Not just education in intellectual aspect but also to be independent in life as ladies proving to our society that the best investment u could do is sending a girl child to school.

Kenya | Faith Robi Nyamohanga

Faith Robi Nyamohanga

Hello, my name is Faith Robi Nyamohanga and I am 21 years of age. I was born in the beautiful country Kenya, the pride of Africa and moved to the United States in the year 2012.I am currently a part time student at Highline College getting my AA in Biology with an emphasis in psychology. It is with great honor that I accept to be a part of the 2nd generation Miss Africa Washington State Pageant 2017.This particular pageant has created a platform for young ladies like myself to voice our passion and raise awareness for the social, economic and political issues that need to be looked at. I am currently involved and working with Charisma Tumaini Centre based in Nairobi ,Kenya, which focuses on being a refuge to all destitute children, children who have been marriage institutions that involved domestic violence .In my country Kenya, and basically all African countries, the man is usually the head of the household and the decision maker in the family. Unfortunately, Domestic Violence is often overlooked in our society and is mainly considered a form of discipline and not as an issue. However, what most people do not know is Domestic Violence is a form of child abuse. In Kenya today, it is still a taboo to talk about domestic violence. Victims who speak out are stigmatized for airing their “dirty linen” in public. Many women will stay in this marriage institutions because they cannot bear to deal with the stigma that comes from leaving the marriage as many times the blame falls on the woman. Sometimes the man is a respected figure in the society and this will intimidate the victim from speaking out, because it is their word against that of the abuser. Mostly if not all the time, the children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to experience a wide range of psychosocial and behavioral outcomes. Exposure to domestic violence in childhood has been linked to low self-esteem , social withdrawal, depression, anxiety, aggression, violence and delinquency. The effects of domestic violence are possible to overcome , and it is possible to break the cycle of violence.

I believe that domestic violence is a serious issue and should not be overlooked even for the children exposed to this situations. It is high time that we raise awareness here in the United States and also back home in my country Kenya. This is why as Miss Africa Washington State, I will collaborate with already existing organizations to help rehabilitate children and women who have been victims of domestic violence. I will take and understand all opportunities during my reign and even after to advocate and give back to the community not only in Kenya but also all over Africa and here in the United States. I believe there’s no way to ensuring the success of our future rather than securing our future generation.

Ivory Coast | Shina-Olga Diadhiou

Shina-Olga Diadhiou

My name is Shina-Olga Diadhiou, I am 20 years of age, currently a student at University of Washington Bothell pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in chemistry. I grew up in the Economic Capital City of Ivory Coast called Abidjan. My dad is from Dakar, Senegal and my mom from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. It was a difficult choice to choose between these two countries full of life and rich culture. It is with a great honor that I have decided to represent Ivory Coast, the land of cocoa and majestic elephants.
Growing up with a pharmacist mother, I have always admired her love and devotion to help people and take care of their health. I have heard a lot of stories about people becoming seriously ill, even dying because of the use of medicine they bought on the streets. It seemed silly to me that people would buy medicine outside of a pharmacy from people that don’t have any license or even education in the pharmaceutical field. Therefore, I would give all my strength and devotion to fight against medicine black market in Abidjan. This market is illegal and dangerous because the majority of the drugs are expired, exposed to a temperature superior to 30°C, moisture, bacteria, dust and pollution. Most of these medicines have no therapeutic effect and may be poisonous. In addition to the bad condition of the medicines, they are prescribed by uneducated people with no legal license, with the wrong dosage for the wrong disease. To fight against this illicit market, I will contact the Union Nationale des Pharmaciens Prive de Cote d’Ivoire (UNPPCI) which is a private organization of pharmacist in Ivory Coast. This organization is already fighting against this market and I will offer my help and collaboration to help with this project.
The crowning ceremony is on September 9th, it will be my pleasure to seeing each and every one of you.
Thank you.

Sierra Leone | Nenneh Yeroh Jalloh

Nenneh Yeroh Jalloh

Hello, my name is Nenneh Yeroh Jalloh. I was born and raised in the blissful Lion Mountain and the queen of diamonds in the continent of Africa which is Freetown, Sierra Leone. I am the second of seven children. Also, the first girl child in my family. However, I am a proud big sister (jaja) to five beautiful sisters. I lived most of my life in Sierra Leone. I am currently a bookkeeper for a family owned business. And will be attending the University of Washington Tacoma this coming September to further my education. In three years, I hope to earn my masters in accounting. For me accounting and business is intriguing. In the future, I hope to own multiple businesses and employ many people from different backgrounds. I will also want to be a business instructor at a community or technical college in my later years. Some of my hobbies are walking, solving math problems, dancing and watching business shows such as shark tank.
If I should describe myself any further, I consider myself as a self-motivated hard working individual with a huge passion for learning. I always pushed myself to be the best in anything I do. For me, education is one of the routes to growth. Therefore, I am constantly learning and growing. I am also a person with a big heart for helping especially the children.
Growing up, life hasn’t been easy for me and my family since the civil war. Despite it all, I am very proud to say my parents managed to keep me and my siblings together. I am also proud to say I grew up in a home where good values and respect are enforced.
Unfortunately, there are more than three thousand kids in the rural area of Sierra Leone under the age of ten that have lost both parents to Ebola virus. Part of me participating in this miss Africa Washington state pageant, is to start my own non-profit foundation; the Pekin moss go school foundation, that will give about twenty to fifty orphans children that lost both parents to Ebola Virus the aid in school tuition and other necessities while also monitoring the long-term growth and emotional health of these children. Life is already traumatic for these children and a good Samaritan is needed. I am honored to be representing my beautiful country Sierra Leone but above, all more honored to be the voice for these most vulnerable voiceless children.

South Sudan 2 | Abari Charles

Abari Charles

My name is Abari Charles and I was born in a country border to my own, Kenya. In the year of 1997, Sudan was still in conflict and my family and many others resided in border countries as refugees. My family and I moved to the United States in 2000 and today, I am currently a student at the University of Washington, Seattle. I am pursuing a bachelor degree in Sociology with a double minor in entrepreneurship and international studies. Its with great honor that I am a finalist for the Miss Africa Washington State 2017 pageant. This pageant has given African girls in Washington State an opportunity to raise awareness and solutions to the problems that Africans in the diaspora and in Africa, are facing.
My country, the Republic of South Sudan: has over 60 indigenous languages, 64 tribes, oil fields in the North, and agricultural lands in the South and is home to the second longest river in the world, the Nile. On July 2011, after 22 years of fighting, South Sudan become an independent country. However, shortly after South Sudan broke out in fighting once again, 2013. Since the war broke out again, many students have been forced to leave school and for some never returning back to any sort of education. According to UNICEF, South Sudan has the highest proportion students who are not in school. With 51% of primary and lower level children who do not have any access to an education. If it wasn’t for my family and many others I would not try so hard to succeed in my education. I know many South Sudanese who were once part of that percentage and I would have been also, without God’s grace. I believe that education is the strongest tool humans have to combat issues we face today. A good education can never be taken away, it becomes engraved in your brain and soon becomes your life style.
My short term goal is to bring awareness to the lack of education in South Sudan and help bring school supplies to many of the South Sudanese who are continuing their education in refugee camps. My long term goal is send South Sudanese youth to the African Leadership Academy in South Africa where they can learn to be a leader who will foster great changes, achieve social impact and address the challenges South Sudan and the continent of Africa faces. I hope to connect with AnaTaban, a local organization in South Sudan, to connect with youth who have the potential of being a great leader and the ability to contribute something great to South Sudan. I had the honor of going to the African Leadership Academy (ALA) for a global scholars program and I was able to see for myself why creating better African leaders is the key to the success of many African countries. While I was in ALA, I was told that 2015 was the first year that my flag stood tall in the cafertia among other nation flags. However, my flag was placed there for the first time, because it was the first time at ALA that there was a South Sudanese student. Although, I am thrilled to be the second South Sudanese to attend ALA, I believe that there should be more.
In order for South Sudan and other African countries to rise up and be great, it’s time for us to solve the root problem, which for many countries is bad leadership. South Sudan cannot grow with an increase of government funds being exploited or misused, and with leaders who value nepotism and tribalism rather than a unity of South Sudanese. I believe that South Sudan can be great, as long as my generation and many others take the initiative to be better leaders in all sectors, medical, agricultural, business and political.

Ghana | Abenaa Nimako

Abenaa Nimako

My name is Abenaa Nimako. I am 22 years of age. I was born in the beautiful motherland of Ghana, West of Africa. My parents and I immigrated to America when I was at the age of 4 with the goal to better my education. Of a family of 8 children, I am the fifth born. Education has always been an important aspect of my life. While in high school I took challenging courses, such as advanced placement English and government. I spent most of my high school life working as a paralegal at Seattle Municipal Court, being the first high school student to intern. It is my aspiration to be a lawyer as I have spent most of my time in corporate law offices interning for lawyers and probation officers. Despite the valuable time consuming outside school activities, I was able to maintain an excellent grade, allowing me to graduate with flying colors from high school. Working as a paralegal expanded my knowledge base. I have leaned how to communicate with people and developed a great sense of tolerance and acceptance of people’s ways of life. It has also taught me that the best among us citizens is the one that upholds and respects the constitution which entails the laws of our country. Although being a paralegal played a significant role in my life, I am also involved with modeling. It has always been my will to help others, whether be educational or inspirational and modeling creates that platform for me.
It is a privilege to be a finalist in the second annual Miss Africa Washington State pageant 2017 representing my Country Ghana. I want to use this opportunity to raise awareness on the impact of birth defects and the importance of medical health for pregnant mothers. I have overcome so many challenges enduring my struggles being born with a birth defect myself. That struggle inspired me to want to be a voice and an inspiration to those little ones who have faced such challenges. Rather, it is essential to embrace and push forward, the sky is the limit and let nothing get in your way of doing so. I feel that by participating in community related activities and volunteer services I am setting a positive example for the children to follow. All of these experiences have helped to better shape who I am today.
My goal is to complete my undergraduate degree and transfer to Seattle University Law School for graduate school to complete my law degree, so as to work for UN to help protect children with a birth defect from all forms of stigma or discrimination. I enjoy listening, working, and acting as a patient advocate and educator. I have a large number of people who are wonderful, and who have had an influence on my life. I would one day like to give back what they have given to me by becoming a voice to the disadvantaged. I know that when my goals are realized, I will be able to provide something meaningful to the entire human race.