Miss Africa Texas 2015/2016
I am grateful to have won the pageant. Thank you to the people who went online to vote for me to be crowned Miss People’s Choice. Also, thank you to the judges for crowning me Miss Africa Texas. I was the first queen in the history of this pageant to take away both crowns. If someone had told me two years ago that I would even participate in a pageant, I wouldn’t have believed them, but I’m glad I did.
I am a 20 year old Nigerian-American. I am currently a Junior attending the University of Texas at Arlington. My major is Biology while I’m minoring in Chemistry. I am a pre-pharmacy student aspiring to be a Clinical Pharmacist. I am a member of the first generation in my family to be born in America. I was born in Dallas, Texas on June 21, 1995.
I have the great pleasure of being born to my wonderful parents, Ernest and Edith Amadi. They constantly encourage and motivate me to be all I can be. They always encourage me to remain in faith & prayer and reassure me that with Christ, I can do all things. My dad has instilled in me to have a “can do” attitude as my mom has always told me to strive for higher because “better is not good enough; the best is yet to come.” I don’t know where I’d be without them. I have two siblings, Chioma and Obinna Amadi. Before doing this pageant, I called them and they gave me the encouragement I needed and helped me prepare up until the pageant.
As I said earlier, I am not one known to do a pageant, but what made me want to do this was the desire to stay out of my comfort zone. One of my good friends motivated me to get out of my comfort zone as we both had given up our comfort zone for Lent. I noticed a change in myself throughout that period as I began taking opportunities that I normally would love to do but would never do simply out of fear. I took opportunities that would force me to publicly speak and participated in events that would force me to be on a stage in front of people. I liked the changes and continued it even after Lent and ended up on the stage of the Miss Africa Texas Pageant. That’s the funny thing about growth. You never know how far you can go until you push yourself. Investing in me was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I like who I am, but love who I’m becoming. I’ve learned that there’s strength in vulnerability, strength in transparency, and strength in emotion.
I know that I still have a lot of time to make myself who I want to be. I know that I’m not even who I am yet. I will continue to harness my potential as growth is a never ending process to me. That’s what I want to show others with reign as queen. Even though change may be inevitable, growth is optional. Regardless of your circumstances, you choose your own story. Never let fear or circumstances choose your story. My goal is to provide strength and motivation to children of incarcerated parents to reach their full potential. Situations do not define us, we define us.
YOUR happiness is not the job of anyone else. It’s an INSIDE job.