Sierra Leone's representative in the just concluded Miss University Africa beauty show which was hosted in Nigeria has returned home after performing well with something to show for the country.
Ramzan Suma was awarded the 'Most Creative Queen on Camp' out of a total of 50 contestants that came from across the region for the competition which started on July 27 and came to an end on August 11. She was also rated among the best 10 contestants.
At a press briefing organized yesterday, Ms. Suma said she could have performed better if not for the failure of the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Victoria Saidu Kamara, to give her the required support to win the crown.
She stated that immediately she was informed that she will be representing the country, she contacted the minister to see how funds would be sourced for her to participate easily in the competition but all her efforts proved futile.
"I gave my best during the competition even though I received no support from the government through the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. I try several avenues to gain support but to no avail. It was really frustrating for me because at one point, I felt I could not make it. In fact, I was at the State House at one point to see the president but when they called Minister Kamara to confirm, she asked that I see her in her office and that was the end. I was able to attend because the show was postponed twice by the organizers," she said.
She maintained that if not for the intervention of her family and friends, among others, she wouldn't have made it to Nigeria.
Speaking on the show, Ms Suma opined that it started with a two-week camping to groom the contestants which she said was a good experience for her to be among other beautiful ladies from across the region.
She said she intends to set up a foundation that will seek the welfare of the less privileged across the country by providing them with the support they need to go to school.