PAMELA UBA CROWNED THE FIRST BLACK MISS IRELAND
Pamela Uba made history by becoming the first ever Black Miss Ireland since the pageant began in 1947, debuting her miss Ireland 2021 sash on Instagram on Monday Uba wrote:
“It is like a dream come true. Words can’t even begin to describe how I’m feeling right now, or have been feeling for the past week leading up to the final.”
Uba was crowned Miss Ireland by three former winners: Lauren McDonagh, Aoife O Sullivan, and Rebecca Maguire, according to the press release. With her new title, Uba will go on to represent Ireland at the 70th Miss World pageant in Puerto Rico in December. She embraced her historic achievement and believes that her story will be inspirational for other Black girls.
“I am so grateful I can show girls that color is not something that holds you back and it does not matter where you come from, the world is your oyster,” she said.
Not only is Uba miss Ireland 2021 but the 26 year old is a medical scientist at Galway University Hospital. She served as a front line worker during the pandemic.
Despite the support and messages of congratulations, Uba said in an interview on Thursday that she has been subjected to racist comments following her win.
“You’d be surprised,” Ms Uba said. “You would get a lot of bullying online, racism online, and I’ve experienced it quite a lot, especially since becoming Miss Galway and then becoming Miss Ireland. There is a minority there that feel the need to put out negativity.”
One Twitter user described Pamela’s victory as: “Shameful. Should have been deported long ago. Disgusting.”
Another user posted “a black woman doesn’t represent the prototype of Irish women”
Though these comments were disheartening for Uba, she says she expected them knowing very well the kind of society she lives in, however she has chosen to raise above all the hate and focus on the positive aspect of everything. She believes this win is not only hers but for the many Irish people who never felt like they belonged, “It is for all the little girls and boys that relate to me and my story”. Says Uba.
Unfortunately racism is still a very big part of our society, so much effort has been put in in order to curb this negative practice but it looks like we still have a long way to go. It is great that Miss Ireland has spoken about her experiences and we wish her all the best in her new role.