Queen Oluwabunmi Juliet Falaye (Miss Ambassador for Peace South West 2015/2016) had a free funfair for about 300 children at LTV8, Agidingbi, Lagos on 28th of May; 2016.
Read her interview below with one of our correspondents,Mr Fancy.
Mr Fancy: Hello Queen!!! Let’s meet you.
Queen Juliet: I’m Queen Oluwabunmi Juliet Falaye; Miss Ambassador for Peace South West 2015/2016. I’m a graduate of Redeemer’s University. I studied Economics. I’m into modelling and events management.
Mr Fancy: Interesting!!! You are pretty young. I mean you are just 21 years, and you are done with school and I understand you served last year. How did you do it?
Queen Juliet: (smiles) My education was quite fast. I gained admission into the university at age 15 and graduated at age 19.
Mr Fancy: Wow!!! While contesting during the pageant, what were your fears? Did you see yourself as a winner already?
Queen Juliet: I really had no fears. Infact, our youth pastor told me it wasn’t possible for 8 winners to emerge without me being among them. I also trusted God so much.
Mr Fancy: Tell me. Who is your role model?
Queen Juliet: I have several role models. My mum comes first. My second role model is Iyabo Ojo. She inspires me a lot. She’s a very wonderful and humble lady.
Mr Fancy: I understand you hosted about 300 children for the funfair. How did you come up with the funds? From the pictures I’m seeing, it looked really big.
Queen Juliet: By God’s grace, I had sponsors. I had people that wanted to encourage me. My church pastor, Rev Tony Akinyemi supported me with some money. I also got financial support from Dr. Biodun Shobanjo, Otunba Henry Ajomale (Lagos state APC Chairman), Mr Gerald Azonobo, Senator Anthony Adefuye, Dr. Eyimofe Atake (SAN), and even His Excellency, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos state governor). LTV General Manager (Dr. Deji Balogun) gave me The Blueroof to use for free. Honeywell supported me with some of their products. Pearson Nigeria also supported me with some educative materials.
Mr Fancy: Wow! Wow!! Wow!!! That’s amazing. You are really going places. Glad our leaders are encouraging vibrant youths like you. I’m really impressed. Do you have any other project to execute before the end of your reign?
Queen Juliet: Sure, I do. I have a peace education campaign to carry out. I also have an entrepreneurship programme coming up in August. The final project is a secret.
Mr Fancy: Hmmmm.. I see. Interesting! So what’s next after your reign?
Queen Juliet: After my reign, I’ll focus on my career (events management). I’m working on it now, so that once I hand over, I’ll kick off.
Mr Fancy: Nice. Let me get personal with you. What’s your boyfriend/ fiancé’s reaction to you being a beauty queen? Because I’m sure you will have a lot of guys crushing on you and stuffs like that. Also, how do you handle advances from all these men you write to for sponsorship?
Queen Juliet: First of all, I don’t have a boyfriend. Secondly, everything is just God’s grace. And most times, I go with my elder brother.
Mr Fancy: Wow! You mean you don’t have a boyfriend. Let me quickly tell my brother I have found a bride for him (both laughs). So why don’t you have a boyfriend?
Queen Juliet: (laughs). Nothing really.
Mr Fancy: Hmmm. Okay. What are the challenges you have been facing since you emerged as Miss Ambassador for Peace South West?
Queen Juliet: My major challenge is the issue of mobility. I don’t have a car. Sometimes, I have to enter cabs and buses for my appointments. I even had a minor accident in a napep few months ago, while going for an appointment (shows the scar). I have tried writing to some automobile company owners, but no response. Another issue is funding. Initially, I had about ten projects in mind. But as a result of inadequate funds, I had to rule out some. But challenges actually make me stronger.
Mr Fancy: Awwwww. Really sorry about that.
Queen Juliet: Thanks.
Mr Fancy: So tell me, what support has the Peace Ambassador Agency given to you?
Queen Juliet: The platform the agency has given to me is more than enough. The CEO of the agency, Ambassador Kingsley Amafibe has been of great help. He encourages me and keeps me going. His wife, Mrs Mimi Amafibe is also a mother to me.
Mr Fancy: I believe there are some people you want to appreciate. Can you do that here?
Queen Juliet: Sure!!! I want to say a very big thank you to God Almighty for seeing me through, for His mercies and grace. I also want to appreciate my parents (Mrs Tina Falaye and Mr Rotimi Ibitoye) for their support and encouragement. Big big thank you to my siblings (Feranmi, Femi, Seyi, Victoria and mercy) and my wonderful aunties (Aunty Dupe Ibitoye, Aunty Folusho Joseph, Aunty Ebele Ukegbu and Aunty Chioma Obiefuna). Thanks for your encouragement all through. My sincere appreciation goes to Mrs Ugochi Nwankwo, for bringing the pupils of her school for the funfair. God bless you ma.
My sincere gratitude goes to my sponsors, Mr Deji Balogun (General Manager of LTV), Mr Muhtar Bakare and Mr Gbade Dawodu (Pearson Nigeria), Rev Tony Akinyemi (senior pastor of The Shepherd’s Flock International Church), Dr Biodun Shobanjo (CEO of Troyka Holdings), Otunba Henry Ajomale (Lagos state APC Chairman), Mr Gerald Azonobo (CEO of Billionaire Luxuria), Mr Francis Chilaka (Project Director of KUTH Foundation), Senator Anthony Adefuye of Shomolu LGA, Dr Eyimofe Atake (SAN) and Mr. Kamal Olowoshago.
I also want to say a very big thank you to the executive governor of Lagos state, His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, for giving me listening ears and also for his moral and financial support.
My appreciation will be incomplete without mentioning my team members (Miss Adaeze Maduakolam and Mr Ikenna Igboanugo). Thanks a lot for your efforts and support towards making my project a success. Heartfelt gratitude to the members of TSF church, Mr Peter Ajakaiye, Mr Shola Karokatose and Mr Damola Oludara for their encouragement and support. A very big thank you to Saint Oshos for his moral support, Mr Layi Osoba and Miss Prisca Ohue, for all their efforts before, during and after the project.
Finally, I want to appreciate two icons in the Nigerian entertainment industry; Mrs Iyabo Ojo, for her moral support and encouragement. She inspires me so much. She’s truly a mother and a rare gem. Secondly, Mr Uti Nwachkwu, for encouraging me to contest in the pageant. I was almost giving up, and he told me his experience during the BBA show. Thanks a lot sir.
Mr Fancy: Wow! There are several people that put in a lot to make your project a success. Okay!!! Thank you very much Queen Juliet for your time. Nice meeting you.