The Miss West Africa USA pageant is an intense and exciting event which focuses on grooming and empowering young ladies to be leaders in today’s society. The following is an ADUNAGOW Magazine exclusive interview with Miss West Africa USA 2012 Winner Mitchell Rhuada.
MR: I am from Warri, Delta state, Nigeria. I currently reside in Atlanta and I have been here since 2005. I am a full time student with a side job.
AM: How many brothers and sisters do you have?
MR: I have five sisters and one brother
AM: Who are your role models
MR: My Mom. She is the most hardworking/Go-getter woman I know.
AM: How many languages do you speak? Which ones?
MR: I speak English only, but I can also speak pidgin English.
AM: Something about you that people will never guess?
MR: I can turn my hand almost 360 degrees.
AM: When you’re not working, what are your favorite things to do?
MR: I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, watching TV, and also Volunteering my time to charities.
AM: Favorite sport/hobby? Why?
MR: Favorite hobby is Modeling, it’s my passion and every time I’m in front of a camera or runway I get really excited because I’m doing what I love
MR: I had different emotions going through me. I was shocked, yet excited at the same time.
AM: How hard was it to prepare for this event? From entering the competition to actually winning it?
MR: It was very hard and stressful. I had my school work and job on the side, and I also had to prepare for my talent too, moreover I wasn’t getting enough rest.
AM: Tell us more about the traditional clothe design? Did someone make it for you?
MR: I loved my traditional outfit. It was edgy and elegant at the same time. My aunty Mrs. Georgina Bamigboye, made it and sent it to me from Nigeria.
AM: At the end of the day, there could only be one winner. Walk us through your emotions as you stood alone with the other two contestants, waiting or the host to reveal the winner.
MR: It was very nerve racking, and I knew anyone of us could win at that moment.
AM: What have you learned from this experience?
MR: I’ve learned to keep chasing my dreams and if I want to succeed in anything,I have to work twice harder to get what I want.
AM: What’s now on your agenda?
MR: Graduating from college with a BS in computer science, and also would like to pursue my modeling career
MR: Corruption. We need new leaders who are more sensitive to the development our countries rather than enriching themselves. We can develop Africa through good education systems, by educating and empowering the youth so they can become productive citizens.
AM: About Africa: what will you keep? What will you change?
MR: I will definitely keep our culture. I will try to reduce poverty and create more jobs.
AM: Have you ever visited Africa? If so, where?
MR: Yes. I was born in Nigeria, and my last visit was last year.
AM: What’s your favorite African dish?
MR: Jollof rice and plantain
AM: What do you see in the future for Africa?
MR: I see less corruption, good education systems, and more developments.
AM: What need to be done in the US in order to strengthen the African community voice?
MR: Young Africans residing in the US have to be able to maintain our culture. They need to come together and approach the White house for help to talk about changes in Africa and come up with different projects that will help our people back home.
MR: I haven’t done anything crazy, at least none that I can think of. I’m pretty tame (laughs)
AM: What other projects are you involved in at the present?
MR: Currently, I have several projects lined up. One of them is my college annual fashion show. Also, I just finished shooting a commercial for Abit skincare.
AM: What’s your favorite winter destination?
MR: I’m not much of a winter person. I don’t like cold. I’d rather be doing something fun indoor.
AM: Will you consider acting in the future?
MR: Yes, if the opportunity arrives.
MR: I would say I am comfortable where am at in my life right now, because I’m living my dream. I have a year left to graduate college, and when I’m done ,I’m ready to pursue my career.
AM: What will you say to your younger self if you could go back in time?
MR: Keep doing what you are doing, work hard, and live life to the fullest.
AM: How hard do you push yourself?
MR: Oh, I push myself very hard. I go for what I want and I have my friends and family pushing me too, so there’s no room for slacking.
AM: Any words of wisdom for all our aspiring beauty pageant delegates out there?
MR: Be confident, chase your dreams, and remember hard work pays off. You can achieve anything you want if you are determined to work hard.
AM: Thank you Mitchell for taking the time to chat with us. Congratulations on becoming the 2012 Miss West Africa USA. We wish you plenty of success and wisdom in your career.