As part of activities to commemorate her victory as winner of the Miss Nigeria USA 2015/16 Beauty Pageant, Miss Olutoyin Itohan Araromi, recently stormed her home country Nigeria on a trip she described as a ‘humanitarian tour’.
The queen made her tour in the company of her mother, Rev. Elizabeth Araromi.
During her trip to the country, Araromi, among other places, visited one of Nigeria’s prominent orphanages homes in Ojodu, Lagos, Royal Diamond Orphanage Home where she presented gift items to beneficiaries at the orphanage as well as cash donation of N70, 000 as part of her quota to the growth and development of the organization.
While at the orphanage home in a chat with our correspondent on her emergence as winner of the beauty pageant, the 22 year old full time college student of Montclair state University, northern New Jersey, noted that the future belongs to those who believe in their dreams.
When asked what she would like to give credence to if she happens to become a first lady in her home country in the future, the beauty queen mentioned security, healthcare and opportunity as top three issues to give attention to in Nigeria.
Araromi said, “Well, if I happen to become a first lady in my country, I think my top three issues to concentrate on would definitely be security, healthcare and opportunity. I believe that Nigerians have so much talents and education. And for us not having that opportunity, it makes us do dubious things.
“For health care, it is not easily accessible to everybody, and I’m passionate about making healthcare accessible to all.
“On the issue of security, I have seen the kind of security process that one has to go through in a state, and I just thought of it that I don’t want to be like a prisoner at home; I would like to feel at home with my people. So, for that reason, I am going to give concentration to the issue of security.
So, that’s basically the three major issues I’m going to concentrate on if I become a first lady in my country Nigeria.
“To tackle the issue of child abuse in Nigeria; we really need to get something done about it and not just mere talking. Many people talk about plans to do something but no one really tends to make it happen.
“The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams. I believe in my dreams and that is what brought me here. So, it’s good for you to believe in your dreams and never give up.”
While expressing her gesture towards her emergence as the Nigeria USA beauty queen, she said, “It was by the grace of God that I won that pageant. I always put God first, I always prayed, and fasted, and did so much to get this title.
“I am excited and really happy to be able to represent my people in the Diaspora. And then, finally coming back home, I just felt like, the queen is home, and I feel at home with my people.
So, I am just happy to be able to live my dream and be able to empower and help people.
I am a Christian, I love God, He has taken me this far, and I just thank the Lord for His favour and blessings”.
Born in New Jersey, United States, Olutoyin Araromi, the first in the family, is also a substitute teacher, model, host and humanitarian.
She described herself as a first generation Nigerian American.
By Patrick Aigbokhan