Exclusive: Beauty Contest Made Me Entrepreneur During ASUU Strike – as Face of Essence Nigeria second edition begins 1st November 2022
A University of Jos student Zichat Sabo of Architecture Department has narrated that the eight months long strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has turned her into a beauty pageant and entrepreneur.
She narrated this in an exclusive chat with our correspondent yesterday where she stated that she turned into a fashion designer after winning a prize of N300, 000 in a beauty contest organized by ‘Face of Essence’.
“Beauty contest literally changed who I am, my vision, and everything I once was. It taught me so much about myself, and I learned so much about other key things in life from poise, grace, proper communication, building self-confidence, networking, and much more
“My first beauty contest was during the ASUU strike. I became the Queen of Essence. School was closed and a lot of activities needed to keep one busy because we don’t know when we were going to be back.
“As winner of the beauty contest, I was given N300,000 cash and gift worth N200,000. The contest has opened my eyes to be self reliant and started my small business of tailoring which allows me to even employ other girls to join, learn and make money.
“Thanks to the platform, I was able to invest my money in my business which was a long time dream of mine to become a fashion designer and I was able to purchase equipment I needed for this and my business has been great”.
One of the organisers of the contest Emmanuel Akpa stated that the idea and motivation behind the online beauty contest is to empower girls and give them confidence to achieve more in their lives, saying that unlike others, the contest is online and has no physical contact with it contestants.
Mr Akpa, added that the second edition promises to reward more girls as the winner takes home N500,000, N250,000 and N100,000 with prizes to be won also.
The contest will start 1st November, he stated.