I Plan To Go Back To School After My Reign – Ugochi Ihezue, MBGN

I am from Umukegwu-Akokwa in the Ideato-North Local Government Area, Imo State. I come from a family of five; I am the first child and the only girl. While growing up, my mother was very close to us and understanding. She had us at a young age; so, she was more of our friend and sister than a mother. But our father is a disciplinarian. He was very strict with us, though he didn’t spend much time with us while growing up due to the nature of his job.

 

Education

I had my elementary education at Learning Field International School, Onitsha, Anambra State. For my post-elementary education, I attended Providence High School, Enugu, and Federal Government Girls College, Owerri, Imo State. I got admission to the University of Benin to study Applied and Fine Arts and National Open University to study Accounting at the same time. At some point, I was doing both. But when I was in 300 Level, there was the need to concentrate more on Fine Arts. I then rested my studies at NOUN. I have continued from where I stopped and I will complete the programme next year.

Parents’ support

When I started modelling in 2015, I didn’t tell my father but my mother was aware. My mother was totally in support of it. Later, when my father became suspicious, I told him. He was angry, saying he didn’t want his only daughter to go into modelling. I didn’t stop however. I continued without his knowledge. When I went for the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant, I didn’t tell him until I moved to camp. He later called to pray for me upon hearing that I was in camp. At first, he was angry and felt disappointed that I disobeyed him.

 

Modelling

I didn’t have interest in modelling at the initial stage. When I gained admission to the University of Benin, my friends felt I should give it a try. In school, I modelled for a student, who held a fashion show for her project. When I took part in the Elite Model Look competition in 2015 and I was among the top five, I got signed to an agency.

 

MBGN

I have always known that I have an outstanding physique and personality. I guess it gave me the confidence to enrol for the MBGN. But I was not certain I would be the last girl standing as anything is possible in Nigeria. When we got into camp, I met ladies who were so confident they would win. At a point, I felt they knew the organisers beforehand. I saw myself as an ordinary young lady, who just wanted to try her luck. When I made the top five, I thought it was my last stop and I was happy that my mother’s money wasn’t wasted. After it was announced that Stephanie and I made it to the last two, I congratulated her as the winner. I was satisfied as the first runner-up, which would make me take part in the Miss Universe pageant. When I emerged the winner, I was deeply shocked. I was confused; I didn’t know if I should shout or cry. My parents shared the moment with me. My father was so excited; he came on stage to celebrate with me.

 

Fame

Leaving my former life for the new one has not been easy. I still keep some old friends and I have made new ones. But I cannot go to all the places I used to go and I cannot be seen doing some things again. Fame has changed a lot about me, including my dress sense. Before now, I didn’t use to wear a lot of make-up and the way I carry myself in public has changed as well. As a beauty queen, you cannot go to events without applying make-up. But left to me, I prefer being my normal self.

 

Challenges

At the outset, I felt I had everything under control. But as time went on, I became overwhelmed. However, I still plan to do a lot. I am going back to school for my master’s degree once I get my first degree. As a beauty queen, you are exposed to a lot of things, including the bad and the good ones. There will be temptations and if you are not careful, you may be distracted and get lost in the world of make-believe. At the end of the day, you may end up losing everything you’ve worked for.

 

Highlights

My highest point, so far, is winning the Miss World Top Model and making top 15 at Miss World. My lowest point is losing out at Miss World. If I was better prepared, I would have performed better. I was very disappointed because I knew I could do better. I didn’t participate in some of the activities. I had just two weeks to prepare for Miss World after the MBGN pageant.

Role models

I don’t have any role model. Many people have contributed to who I am today. However, I have learnt lessons from some people and my mother is one of them. I admire Michelle Obama’s personality. In Nigeria, I admire Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde; she has been able to stay away from scandals and it takes a certain level of maturity to achieve that.

Relationship

I don’t have a boyfriend and I was not in a relationship before I contested the MBGN. Though I have a lot of admirers and suitors, I am not supposed to be in a relationship for a year while I am the queen.

Relaxation

I like to sleep, read and hang out with my friends. I love movies a lot too.

Fashion

I like to feel comfortable and I like clothes that are easy to wear. I like to look classy as well.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here