A student who has catwalked away with a Best Model award wants to use the accolade as a platform to reach out to those less fortunate.
University of Buckingham postgraduate student Uloaku Anaba Philip won the modelling category in the Miss Black Europe Improver Awards 2014 – part of the Miss Black Europe International Pageant.
The Miss Black Europe (MBE) Improver Awards are designed to acknowledge individuals who devoted themselves to promoting human welfare and advancing reforms in their specific fields.
Uloaku, who comes from Nigeria, is a United Nations peacekeeper for the West African Chapter and a director of a non-governmental organisation dedicated to caring for the elderly and the underprivileged in Nigeria.
She told the Advertiser: “I love the old people. I have that passion. Some of my mates don’t understand.
“When I go to my village, I talk to all the old people. That has helped me with my wisdom in life.”
Uloaku has just finished a one-year masters degree course in security, intelligence and diplomacy in Buckingham, after studying law and security studies in Nigeria. She wants to become a diplomat.
She said: “I feel very happy to receive the award becuase it presents me with another platform to positively impact and inspire young people, both in Nigeria and abroad.
“I am so grateful to all of the people who voted for me.”
And she sees no conflict between her intellectual aspirations and her modelling career.
She said: “It gives me pride as a woman and pride about natural beauty, which is the grace of God.
“I put God first because without God nothing good can happen in my life and I’m looking forward to doing more in his name.
“This has given me a platform to reach out to people, just like I want to be a diplomat. If I have this passion for people, diplomacy plays a big part in my life.
“I believe I can make a difference.
“Being a model cannot stop me being an ambassador. What matters is who you are inside.
“If I can touch the life of others, I’m happy.”