A Nigerian, Pamela Uba, has made history as the first black woman to win the Miss Ireland pageant, after her victory in the recently concluded competition.
Uba, who has Nigerian parents, was crowned Miss Ireland 2021 in September, becoming the first black person to hold the title after 74 years of the contest.
Miss Uba was born to Nigerian parents in South Africa in 1995, leaving the South African country as an asylum seeker, when she was seven, according to Irish Times.
According to reports, Uba is the eldest of six siblings and has revealed that she is a “very proud” Irish citizen. According to her, she cried when she got her Irish passport.
Talking about her teenage years, Uba said school and sport helped her to endure the challenges she faced as an asylum seeker in Ireland, as she played football.
She got her degree in medical science from Galway and furthered her education in Trinity College Dublin, with a Master’s Degree in clinical chemistry.
After her education, Uba, as a medical scientist, worked at the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic surge in the country. She worked at the Galway University Hospital, helping to monitor the inflammatory process in patients who has contracted COVID-19.
Her journey to the world of pageantry however started in March 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, emerging as Miss Galway, even without any prior modeling experience.
With her recent win as Miss Ireland, she would be representing the country in the 70th Miss World Competition, scheduled to hold in December 2021.