Akanbi-Akinlade Adebowale Azeezat won the first Arewa Ogun Beauty Pageant in 2013. It was indeed an interesting conversation with the eloquent beauty queen, who didn’t hide the fact that she is a single mother and still goes after her goal. Following her win, she has been thriving in the business world. Still, after reigning as Arewa Ogun, she still possesses the good looks and charm that can earn her any pageantry title. In this interview, she speaks about her journey as a beauty Queen and future aims.
What does it feel like to be a beauty Queen?
Whaoo I felt like a queen that I am felt on top of the world. You wouldn’t understand until you are in that position. As a beauty queen, it opened me to many opportunities to meet with valuable people that an ordinary person might not meet and greet.
How would you describe your journey since they crowned you the winner of Arewa Ogun?
Well, the journey made me discovered myself, like I said it opened me to many opportunities and I learned a lot from being a beauty queen. I wish I can start all over (smiles).
What were the attractions of the crown?
The silver stoned shinning crown sitting pretty, got in all the way from DUBAI,I was attracted to the beauty of the crown, and also having a crown sited on my head was just overwhelming.
What is your ultimate aim in life?
To be a successful and career striving woman
Do you think beauty pageants help or hurt our societal views about women?
Well, Beauty pageants have positive impacts on individuals. It encourages growth in confidence, outgoing personality, and a positive self-image. Participating in beauty pageants and having a strong self-image go together. Studies show that prior to beauty pageants, many contestants are often bullied. Beauty competitions are a way for them to improve their self-esteem. Beauty pageants allow them to overcome fear. The confidence and outgoing personalities they get from pageants help them on stage and also in their everyday lives. One can really become good at public speaking and performing in front of others. With practice, you’ll be able to keep your cool and express yourself freely. Public speaking is valuable training for future careers in music, broadcasting, or other jobs requiring speaking in front of large groups. Contestants will see their comfort level growing.
Tell us about yourself and your educational background?
I am Akanbi-Akinlade Adebowale Azeezat . I am 28 years old, am a single mother of an 8yrs old boy, I became a mother at 19 and this strengthened me. I finished my primary education at Gloryfield international School itire Lagos state 1997-2004, my secondary education at Freedom and peace schools in Lagos 2005-2010. I furthered more into Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, where I had my OND in mass communication 2010-2012, and still pushing to get a BSc at Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.
What do you think makes you stand out from the other girls that made you won?
I was bold, courageous, my charisma, my eloquent speech, and my winning attitude.
What can you say about Arewa Ogun?
It’s the best state pageant so far, it’s so real. Whatever is promised would be given, and it is also a pageant that builds up young and talented girls. AREWA Ogun beauty pageant sets the pace.
If you’re opportune to contest for Arewa Ogun again, would you?
You already know my answer CAPITAL YES.
What’s your greatest achievement?
Been a beauty queen, a strong mother.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
In five years, I see myself as a successful Entrepreneur and learning new skills that will benefit society and help me achieve my career goals. I am eager to experience new challenges and excited to invest five years’ time specializing in a career I find extremely interesting and motivating.
I do not have a precise role in mind, but my aim over the next five years is to be at a place where I can make a difference. Career advancement is significant to me, so I look forward to taking on more responsibilities and gain more industry awareness in the process. Hopefully, my experience will allow me to help society achieve the desired goals in the coming years.
What’s your philosophy in life?
My philosophy on life is that you should live while you are alive and you should give others that same privilege. We shouldn’t judge people for the choices they make, because we all make bad decisions. You should do what you want with your life, as long as it makes you happy and causes no harm to others.
As a beauty Queen, how have you been handling all the fame and attention that you have been receiving?
At first, the experience of becoming famous provides more Ego stroking. As a famous person, I find myself warmly embraced. As a celebrity, I understand that fame does not last in the long run. Most people remain famous for a short time and usually have to share their fame with others. There are millions of people who are trying to be in the same spot as me. You will not remain on top for long.
An always remember Fame is an illusion, because it means something more to the one giving the attention and not getting it.