Miss Pamela Uba, an Irish Scientist and born to a Nigerian Parents has just emerged as Miss Ireland 2021.
“It feels amazing to be that face that young black girls can look at and say, ‘Yes she did it, so we can do that as well.”
These were the words of the 26-year-old medical scientist, Pamela Uba.
The amazing fact is that she is the first black woman in history to win the title.
The competition started in 1947 but Pamela, the winner of Miss Ireland said: “it’s crazy to imagine that it was after 74 years before someone from Nigeria win it.”
She added that “She is the first and it’s amazing – people have been looking up to me and I, never reason that I will ever be in this kind of position.”
How Did Pamela Uba’s Pageant Journey Start?
Pamela, The Miss Ireland journey started in March 2020 when she has crowned Miss Galway, just three days before the country first lockdown.
According to the medical scientist, Pageantry was not her initial childhood dream but an opportunity came after one amazing job.
She said, “I entered the pageants by accident when I was working for Miss Galway competition bar.”
One of the judges thought she was a contestant that year and urged her to partake in the pageant.
At that time, she had no modelling experience, but Pamela still went ahead to win the Miss Galway 2020.
After she won Miss Galway during the lockdown period, Pamela continued her work at the University Hospital Galway biochemistry department.
She said, there was no plan to quit her work on the frontline, despite the new title she had gotten.
She also said since she was crowned Miss Ireland 2021, she has always been getting positive vibes.
“People have been supportive, they felt happy seeing us being represented and so proud to be Irish.”
“I am so blessed to know that young girls feel represented now because they see that as I go out there to do things that a young girl have a dream of doing.”
However, some negative comments and trolls were also there too.
In her words:
“I don’t like to notice them. I ignored all of that.”
“What is giving me joy well is my ability to help my community and kids like me and come from the same situation as myself.”
Her next target is the 2022 Miss World competition which will be held in Puerto Rico of the Caribbean by December.
She hopes to encourage young black girls to believe in themselves that they can achieve anything.
“You are good enough, and your authenticity makes you unique.”
“Don’t put yourself in a box, please break those stereotypes and show them what we’re made of.”
Who is Pamela Uba
Pamela Uba is an Irish scientist and model who was born in South Africa to Nigerian Parents.
She moved to the Republic of Ireland from Johannesburg at the age of seven with her family as an asylum seeker.
The family lived at the Direct provision centre – an accommodation centre for asylum seekers before moving to County Mayo.
During that time, Government usually give her mother €9 for each child every week.
“At the centre, life was strange as we were depending on Government. We couldn’t work, so it was a hard time for my mother that period.”
“It’s a very strange way to grow up. I don’t like to make my friends come to our house because I don’t want them to see that I’m different.”She said.
Pamela studied medical science at University, and she worked at one hospital in Galway.
“I have been a frontline worker since the pandemic started and it’s being crazy.”