Pamela Uba is in the spotlight for the right reason and deserves the accolades she is getting after being crowned the new Miss Ireland. She broke a long-standing 74-year-old record with her feat.
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Briefly News presents five things you may not have known about the first black woman to wear the Ireland pageant crown.
1. She got into pageantry by accident
While for most models who found themselves in pageantry by their desire and love for it, Pamela got in by accident.
According to BBC News, the 26-year-old happened to be working at the bar of a pageant competition one certain period and caught the attention of a participating judge.
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The judge thought she was a contestant and encouraged her to give it a try.
2. She is a citizen of Ireland
Pamela Uba is proudly a citizen of Ireland despite being born to Nigerian parents.
It is reported that the young lady was so emotional to the point of tears when she got her Irish passport.
3. She got into Ireland as an asylum seeker
Punch reports that Pamela entered Ireland as an asylum seeker with her family at the age of 7.
It was said that as a teenager at that time, she engaged actively in academic and sporting activities to help cushion the challenges she faced while residing in an accommodation for asylum seekers.
4. She is a medical scientist
Pamela, a medical scientist, worked as a frontline medical personnel during the COVID-19 surge at the Galway University Hospital in Ireland.
Her duty at the hospital involved monitoring the process in COVID-19 patients.
5. She is the eldest of six siblings
The medical science graduate from Trinity College in Dublin is the eldest of six siblings.
She was born in South Africa in the year 1995.
Meet Pam Uba: SA born beauty queen makes history as first black Miss Ireland
Meanwhile, Briefly News previously reported Pamela Uba has made history after being crowned the first black Miss Ireland.
The impressive 26-year-old is a frontline medical worker with a masters degree. Her family moved to Ireland from South Africa when she was just 7-years old, The Independent reports.
Speaking about her historic win, Pamela said:
“It was a surreal experience and I’m so delighted. I couldn’t believe this actually happened.
“I am so happy and the outcome is amazing.”
She also goes on to share what the historic win means for all women of colour. The beauty queen wants all young girls to know that they are beautiful and that their skin colour should never hold them back, The South African reports.
“It means so much to me. I am so grateful I can show girls that colour is not something that holds you back and it doesn’t matter where you come from, the world is your oyster,” said Uba .
Uba will represent Ireland at the 70th Miss World pageant in December this year.