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Pamela Uba Crowned Miss Ireland, Making Her The First Black Woman To Break History After 7 Decades

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A Black woman has won the title of Miss Ireland.

Pamela Uba, a 26-year-old medical scientist, is making history as she has become the first black woman to be crowned Miss Ireland in the country since the pageant began in 1947.

“It means so much to me,” a delighted Uba says. “I am so grateful I can show girls that colour is not something that holds you back and it doesn’t matter where you come from, the world is your oyster,” She told IrishTimes.

Miss Ireland (Irish Times)

Uba is a part-time model and healthcare worker. She worked on the frontlines during the pandemic, working at the Galway University Hospital monitoring the inflammatory process in patients who contracted Covid-19.

Uba moved to Ireland as an asylum seeker from Johannesburg, in South Africa  when she was seven.

“I remember thinking it was strange that I couldn’t hear gunshots when I arrived,” she says.

The eldest of six siblings, she grew up in the direct-provision system and is now a “very proud” Irish citizen. “I cried when I got my Irish passport.”

While she says she is proud to be Irish, she remains critical about failed systems in place throughout the country and racism.

Back in March 2020 when Uba was crowned Miss Galway she was subjected to racist trolls on social media.

“I’ve experienced racism, and it’s horrible to hear people telling me to go back to my country when I’ve worked so hard to make Ireland my home,” she says. It was Uba who sent letters to politicians and filled out forms during their family’s drawn-out asylum-seeking process. “We are all human, and we all deserve the same love and respect.”

According to BBC, Black people make up about 1.4 percent of the Ireland population.

Uba completed her medical-science degree in Galway and is awaiting the results of her master’s in clinical chemistry from Trinity College Dublin.

In December, Uba will represent Ireland at the 70th Miss World festival, in Puerto Rico.

“I can’t even describe how excited I am to represent my country on such a huge platform. I can’t wait.

Uba says she hopes to use her Miss Ireland title to represent the diversity of Ireland.

This article originally appeared on blackenterprise and is published here for educational purpose

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