Miss Africa World, Queen Uche Umeagukwu returns to Africa for a Very Special Homecoming
The 2018 reigning Miss Africa World, Nigerian-born Queen Uche Umeagukwu, recently visited the Motherland to attend several parades, tours, and events in her honor. As the former Miss Face of Nigeria (2005), Umeagukwu is a two-time pageant winner, former model, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. As a businesswoman operating Uche Hair, a worldwide multi-million-dollar wigs and hair extensions company and recipient of a B.S. in Political Science, Umeagukwu is living up to the pageants moniker – “Beauty, Brains, and Business.” As a successful businesswoman, the Queen’s mission is to use her platform to empower Nigerians through economic development, eradicating hunger, and educational advancement.
As our collective ancestry’s birthplace, Umeagukwu took her mission back to Africa this summer 2018. Her goal was to inspire Africans – from around the globe, to come home to the place where humanity was born. While in Nigeria, the Queen and her entourage from America and Japan toured various parts of Nigeria to support her causes, including; KidsNHunger, the Out-Of-School Empowerment Foundation. Also, with her partner, Davina Douthard, CEO of The Image Cartel, the team meet with leaders to develop original tv shows and film for Nollywood in hopes to collaborate with executive producers of American television shows such as Martin, The Jamie Foxx Show, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire, as well as, projects to drive tourism to Nigeria.
Upon arrival in Africa, the Queen and her team met with His Royal Majesty, Alaiyeluwa Oba Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu 1, the Oba (King) of Lagos, and bestowed onto The Queen, the honorary title of Omo-Mu-Iyi-Bowale (A child that has brought happiness to her Nation), hosted by the honorable H.R.M. Oba (King) Shakirudeen A. Kuti of Elewu of Ewuland and was given the Chieftaincy title Yeye Oge of Ewo Kingdom (the most beautiful woman) as well as a visited with the Oba (King) Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Kusenla III, the Elegushi of Ikateland in support her mission. She will return for the official grand ceremonies for both titles soon.
The governments hosted their parades in, Oshodi/Isolo, Amuwo, and in the Queen’s hometown of Anambra State, where she was received by the Governor, Willie, Maduabuchukwu Obiano. The parades provided the team the opportunity to meet face to face with people in the communities and discuss their most critical needs. During the tour, Queen Umeagukwu distributed educational materials to local children such as; books, pencils, and erasers and vowed to donate many computers to the schools and graduates from the local government areas. While visiting the local markets, the team meet with the entrepreneurs and offered digital skills marketing to help the local businesses expand their reach to buyers beyond the local market visitors they currently serve and, in turn, increase their profits.
Umeagukwu was honored by the Out-Of-School Children’s Empowerment Foundation for her contributions to the organization. The ceremony included naming the Queen as the Brand Ambassador as she adopted the program as one of her primary charitable causes. A van donated by the Queen will bear her image and name as it parades the city. The Founder, Kelani Akeem Tolu, stated that the Queen’s impact is felt. He says the phones began ringing consistently, with people offering help and wanting information because of the Queen’s awareness campaign.
The media was excited for the arrival of their Queen and couldn’t wait to share her experience on the road to Miss Africa World’s title and learn about the various programs and projects she is spearheading. Since soaking her feet on the Motherland, Queen Umeakgukwu has appeared on many media outlets, including; the number one station in Nigeria, Bond FM as the co-host on the afternoon drive – Igbo language platform, the afternoon drive top program, Smooth FM 98.1, Metro FM, the cover of Sunday Sun News, Galaxy TV, TVC Television’s Wake Up Nigeria and more.