Pretty soon, Chioma Obiadi, the current Miss Nigeria, will have to remove her crown and hand it over to another beauty queen. But, according to the under graduate of Nnamdi Azikwe University, it has not been easy trying to do what people expect of her.
In an interview with Punch, she said, “I think the major challenge is trying to be what you feel people expect you to be. But I have decided to be myself and not to change who I am. I feel no matter how hard you try, you cannot be another person. So, I try so much to be myself and I do what I normally do even when I wasn’t Miss Nigeria.”
“Also, combining my education with the activities of Miss Nigeria is challenging. I hardly have time to unwind with friends. I am always going from one duty to another. But I haven’t lost friends; my friends are very understanding.”
Before running for Miss Nigeria, unknown to many she had once contested for Miss Anambra, which she didn’t win.
She opened up, “Miss Nigeria isn’t the first beauty pageant I contested. As an undergraduate, I won my department’s pageant and the Face of UNIZIK award. I was the second runner-up at the Miss Anambra beauty pageant in 2015. I felt disappointed that I didn’t win Miss Anambra, but I tried not to let it weigh me down. I went home and developed myself to become better.
“I have learnt that life is not a bed of roses. You have to work for anything you want in life. Also, since I have a lot of people looking up to me as a beauty queen, my actions are no longer mine alone. Before I take any step, I need to consider and think of the impact it would create on people that look up to me as their role model. You need to be very careful as well with whatever you do so that it is not used against you or misinterpreted.”