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.