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Meet AMAKA ASOH, the most charitable beauty queen in the FCT.

Yesterday 16th of July 2016 at the 3rd Episode of Business and Family Lifeline presented by “Omaliving Show” and produced by “Alpha Gamma Multimedia Limited “… Amaka Asoh, an ex beauty queen was given an award of recognition as THE MOST CHARITABLE BEAUTY QUEEN In FCT.
This award was well deserved because we have followed her closely for more than a year and observed her passion and actions towards helping the needy, the sick and the vulnerable.

#omalivingshow is all about celebrating positivity, creativity and every worthy impact. We celebrate unsung heroes and icons who should be celebrated.

ABOUT AMAKA ASOH.

Queen Amaka Asoh was among the winners in The Ultimate Nigeria Model Search (TUNM) that took place in August of 2014 in Lagos. The chocolate- skinned pretty damsel is of Anamabra State origin and will, in the later part of the year, represent Nigeria at the world stage for the big prize.

Award.

Award.


How did you get to this stage of representing Nigeria at the world stage of the TUNM?

It has been a mixture of both smooth and rough journey so far. For a person to get to a desired height in life, such person must put in his or her best to achieve such. Nobody that wants to be country’s president will wake up one morning to assume the position. For such to happen, that person must surely work hard to attain the office. In my own case, it was a herculean task. I kept hope alive and I thank God almighty for the height I have achieved today as a model. My passion to be a model started while I was still in school, and I have an international Model that I always look up to, Tyra Banks. I admire her looks, motives, her energy and just everything about her. With her motivation, I always practice being a Model. I did not enter into modelling because of my figure but because I am passionate about it. While in secondary school, I participated in a beauty contest as a member of the Interact Club but did not win. When I went to the university, I also contested and again, I did not win but my friend did. I kept pushing it, I participate in different pageantry shows as well as runways, my target was not just to do the runway thing for doing sake but I wanted to achieve something big. I wanted to be a celebrity, I could also recall that I participated also in the second edition of the TUNM in Owerri, South East Nigeria. Yet, I did not win but all that did not discourage me. I prayed to God to help me. At a point, I felt discouraged as a human but that again did not last. I was encouraged to enter for the fourth edition of the contest, which I did and luckily for me, this is where I am today.

Could you shed more light on your participation at the last edition of TUNM?

We were about 30 contestants at the last edition of the TUNM and some won prizes in different categories. The categories in the event won by contestants include Miss TUNM (Universe), TUNM (World) and TUNM (Nigeria). The TUNM (Universe) is the overall branded face and the winner will represent Nigeria at the Universe level of the show outside the shores of Nigeria, while the TUNM (World), which I clinched, will represent Nigeria at the Miss World segment of the show and the TUNM (Nigeria) is the national brand for the country. I am the TUNM (World) and an international face to the glory of God.

When is the contest coming up, where you will have the opportunity of meeting other beauty models from other parts of the world?

The big competition will be coming up in the later part of the year, may be by August or early September of 2015.

What is your target as you are preparing to represent the country and do you have the qualities to represent over 170 million Nigerians at world stage?

I so much believe in myself, if I can win at this critical level, then it has boosted my confidence to go for the bigger prize. We will all be in one camp and I will participate in all the camping activities that others are also set to participate, I can do it.

If you can recall, since you started this pageantry business, have you experienced any form of sexual harassment from men, since it is a common phenomenon in the entertainment industry in Nigeria?

I have never been sexually harassed. Never!

What is your take on pageantry in Nigeria?

Pageantry is the fastest growing entertainment business in Nigeria. It awakens the consciousness of ladies that rather than going into prostitution, they can use their beauty to earn legitimate money for themselves. Modelling is another good opportunity for the youth, particularly young ladies to harness, in order to help themselves. People should ignore the idea that they may be sexually harassed by men but far from it, when you know your target, no man can disrespect or take you for granted. In this business, you cannot rule out heavy criticism from members of the public. Unfortunately in this part of the world, our mentality on issues of pageantry is so low that when they see you progressing along what you believe in, they will, on their own, create a scandal with the intention to bring their target down. In Nollywood today, people say a lot of nasty things about them even while they have not been there to find out if what they say about a particular actor is true or false. People should desist from castigating our talents in the entertainment world. Rather, they need our encouragement to grow and measure up with their counterpart in the globe. I will suggest that any negative matter about a particular subject should be subjected to thorough investigation before coming out to say it, though I have not experienced anything of such.

Every beauty queen winner usually come out with beautiful pet projects with the aim to add value to society, do you have plans for any?

Of course, I have decided to carry out my pet project on cancer, though the plan to start creating awareness on the dangers and preventive measures against cancer is in the offing, I witnessed a little setback due to the elections that just ended but now that the Presidential election is over, I need to get back on track. Again, if you observe what is happening around the world, you will discover that when it comes to cancer, women are the most affected and unfortunately, a lot of young ladies are just there walking about aimlessly without having any knowledge about the deadly disease. As an individual, particularly as a woman, it is important to know what cancer is all about, the cause and remedies. You will also agree with me that most ladies channel most of their attention on fashion, they concentrate more on how to be more beautiful and attractive, and they hardly go for medical checks. These days, people are more scared of HIV, Ebola and other popular disease but forgot that cancer is much more dangerous than others. Again, I was inspired to go for cancer because a friend to my elder sister died four years ago over cancer related disease. Doctors said it’s cancer of the breast, even while her breast was cut off, she still could not make it. That experience made me feel bad, and I became worried. The beginning of the fight against cancer is early detection.

Are you married?

No!

What is the exact definition of your kind of man?

Wao! (Laughs) oh my God, em, first of all, I so much believe in God, he keeps me going every day of my life. I came from a Christian family background and to maintain that relationship with God, I don’t love a man because of his physical build up or physique. The physical looks might be there but if the character is not there, it turns me off. My man must be God fearing and nothing less.

Who do you look up to as a role model?

Though, this question is difficult to tackle because I look up to many people as role models, on a lighter note, I love Yvonne Nelson of Ghollywood. This is because she was once Ghana’s most beautiful girl and from there, she proceeded into acting and today, she is doing extremely well.

What advice do you have for ladies who want to venture into modelling?

I think we are living in a free world, they should follow their passion with every sense of the word. If they listen to what people say, it will contribute in killing their dream and aspiration, peradventure they venture into it and they see what would not help their career, they should withdraw if they cannot handle it.

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Business and Family Lifeline… Episode 3!

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Our youths and everyone need to be empowered all round for better goals; career and relationship wise.
We have issues bothering us as a people and most times, the platform to tackle these issues are lacking.

That was what brought about BUSINESS AND FAMILY LIFELINE presented by #omalivingshow and produced by “Alpha Gamma Multimedia Limited” all in Abuja to tackle nagging issues and proffer solutions to them.

When a person’s relationship is not balanced and healthy. It affects their career.
And when a person’s career is also not balanced and lucrative, it affects the relationship.

So how do we reach our set goals as far as BUSINESS AND FAMILY is concerned?
That is why you need to be part of the next episode which is on the 16th of July 2016.

It’s a very educating , empowering , inspiring and entertaining gathering of great souls eager for success in life.

It’s a great place to meet;
1. More clients and customers for your business.
2. Advertise your business.
3. Meet a prospective employer/employee.
4. Meet a date.
5. Socialise.
And lots more.

This Episode is with special focus on unemployment and the fastest way out of the status of “unemployment “.

People will get employed on the spot.
If you want to be given a slot for business presentation or to advertise what you do, this is for you.

This event is strictly by invitation because of limited spaces available.
So if you are in the city of Abuja contact us by sending us a message to get your invitation.

Business and Family Lifeline… let’s come together and start living!

Marilyn Oma Anona writes: A love so pure.

Oh how I miss Derrick. Ours was love at first sight.
I was feeling really fly as I walked through with all eyes on me while I proceeded to check in at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport Abuja.

You know such days when you look good in an eccentric way and you know it. Compliments were flying from left and right and even centre. The ladies were friendly and the guys too. I checked in and walked to the departure lounge with a guy who was on the same flight with me.

The departure lounge was full just like most Fridays. I ran into a couple of acquaintances and finally found a space to sit while I wait for my flight. And then Derrick emerged!

He walked towards me in such a confident manner, beaming with charming smiles. He was so greatly dressed; nice Tshirt, nice denim and very quality sneakers. I am not into light skinned guys but this one appealed to me.

He came to where I was seated, didn’t say a hello and just proceeded to sit beside me putting in effort to be sure our bodies touched.
I was still shocked when he brought out a packet of chocolates and offered me some still beaming with smiles.

Then he started smiling more and eventually starting laughing out. My heart went out to him and I was Damn sure I had fallen in love with him. I started imagining moments of us together. It would be moments of pure and undiluted bliss.

We started playing , gisting and laughing and soon he was asleep and for the first time, I didn’t see anything wrong with allowing a man rest on my thighs. Soon, his flight was announced and that moment turned out to be one of the most painful moments of my life to my surprise. Derrick was going to leave and a kind of pain I can’t explain till this moment engulfed me.

He also burst into tears and didn’t want to let go of me. I sobbed a little. He was actually in the company of a beautiful young woman and my heart sank as they walked off to board.
I took their number.

I woke up this morning with thoughts of Derrick in my mind.
I love you Derrick.
Derrick is 16 months old, the woman is his mother. I miss them and I am so glad they kept in touch. They sent me a message this morning already.
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Marilyn Oma Anona writes: Nobody is a victim except they want to be a victim.

And most times why men disrespect women and think they can land anyone once they have money is because there are many women who disgrace us.

I was working with a media company in 2012 and I was being harassed by my boss… Surprisingly it was women who were fighting me and making comments like; “what is this girl even feeling like?”, she should be happy the boss is chasing her” etc

I took the issue up and none of them stood by me. I fought alone. It meant nothing to them. But there is something confusing about my personality… I am so soft and emotional and can cry easily because I easily get hurt!

But I am very strong willed and stubborn. I fought this man and I was very young then. I went to his church reported him and got a lawyer. All the ladies in the office as I later learnt had slept with him.

Sleep with me for what?
I was writing, had a column in his magazine.
I handled interviews and transcribe.
I do vox pop.
I hosted his show.
I market.
And you want to sleep with me??? Heavens forbid!

I have not slept with my boyfriend, it’s you!

Bottom line is, nobody becomes a victim except they want to.

And some will say it’s because they want to meet target… It’s still not true!
Most times, it’s not even the company’s target they are sleeping around to meet. They are doing so for their personal purse!

Some of these ladies use the jobs as cover up.
If I tell you what I have seen in Abuja… But I stand bold to say that I have never and will never sleep with any man for a job or business.
Let it go!
I can’t deal!
How many will I have to sleep with?

It’s heartbreaking losing out but then I hold my dignity intact.

Let my pace be slow like a snail’s it’s better.

I keep moving on remaining consistent in my pursuit and all I do. It’s not easy in Nigeria but one day, efforts will pay.

And let me even ask… How many of the men you slept with for business sake eventually did that business?posh%20everythingb

Marilyn Oma Anona writes: Allow mothers in-law to enjoy their gratuity.

While you are praying for your prospective mother in-law to die before you come in, you have failed to realise that you will be a mother tomorrow and a prospective mother in-law and by karma… Someone will be praying for you to die untimely too!

While you are praying to God to make your husband abandon his mother simply because he is now married to you, don’t start crying when it’s your turn!

The phobia for mothers in-law particularly the ones you have not even met for me is a very unhealthy one.

For those who wish their mother in-law dies before they come in, let us pray…
May you never live to see your child’s marriage and your grandchildren in Jesus name!

How many can say AMEN to this wonderful prayer?
If you can’t, why?

You see the irony of life and reality?

Mothers in-law are not terrible people. It’s wrong to think that way. Just like you have bad mothers, bad fathers, bad bosses, bad tenants, bad employees, bad teachers, and also have the good ones, that is how it is with mothers in-law too.

We have great mothers in-law that are so loving and supportive and transfer the love they have for their children to their children’s spouse. There are many of them out there.

I personally think that the phobia for mothers in-law brings a strain and a certain mindset even before the marriage starts thereby affecting the relationship.

We must have an open heart and not have this feeling that mothers in-law are terrible people and be on our toes before we even meet them.

Don’t go about with the ugly mentality that mothers in-law are wicked and terrible… It’s unhealthy!

These women were once young women and one of their life dreams is to see their grandchildren, so let them be.

If you are truly dealing with a difficult mother in-law, work out ways to make it work and remember that you also have a mother who may also be difficult.

Learn to understand your mother in-law because without her, your husband would not be in the first place.
Remember also that men have this special tie and bond with their mothers and a loving mother is most times over protective… Put your self in their shoes!

I do not have a child yet but I know I am going to be a very over protective mother and would love to play very vital roles in the life of my kids even to the adult stage.

That’s not to say they won’t have their life but come on, I can stay in their houses if I want for months and often come around and I won’t be happy if my daughter in-law has a problem with that.

Mothers in-law are not devils, allow them enjoy the kids they suffered to nurture and train!
It’s part of their gratuity!

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#therightstage
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Marilyn Oma Anona writes: keep sieving your circle.

ou should stay away from people who don’t play roles in your life to see that you are better yet condemn every move you make towards being a better person.

They don’t help you yet won’t encourage you when you have an idea you want to work on.

They won’t get you a job yet won’t support you or patronise you when you find something to even when they are in a position to.

Stay away from such people.
From time to time, we all should take a critical look at our circle, and do some re shuffling.

Sieve and throw away those useless and meaningless people that fill up your circle, remove them to make space for new people and keep sieving and sieving and sieving.

I am currently sieving!

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Marilyn Oma Anona writes: The fastest way out of unemployment.

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You have been looking for a job for so long… why don’t you try volunteer jobs?
I don’t see why an able bodied person should sit down endlessly and submitting CVS lazily waiting to be called and handed over an employment letter.
Hey, get off that sofa, indulge in cold calls to companies of your choice and interest.
Tell them you want to work for them without a pay.
Commence work, put in your very best and be very productive… the result will amaze you!

Apart from that, there are many other things you can do to make money and develop yourself while you gain the experience.

In the city where I live, people make money by shopping for people. You can go to a posh area, approach the residents and tell them you can help them shop if they are too busy to. Don’t start by billing them excessively or ruining your chances because of greed. Shop and get the best prices for them. Take what ever they give you at the end and do it diligently. You can do it for at least 5 families every Saturday… you will be amazed!

How about serving as a home tutor for your neighbours’ kids? This can occupy you and also fetch you money.

How about cooking and delivering food or snacks to people in their offices?

How about doing freelance sales and marketing and making great commissions through them. You will be quick to ask me where you will get the money to use for transportation. Darling, we are in the jet age. You can get people patronise your business or buy what you sell from Facebook and other social networks. Same way you lie down and gossip through inbox, it’s same way you can have meaningful conversation with people.

Apart from these, there are many businesses that you can start with at least 5,000 naira. Get busy! Get real!

Stop making noise about being a graduate, it’s not a big deal. It was a big deal when my dad went to school and they don’t brag about it.

What matters is what you…
What you can do no matter how small.

The 3rd Episode of Business and Family Lifeline is on the 16th of July 2016.
Let’s come together and start living.

Look out for it!

Marilyn Oma Anona is the host and producer of Omaliving Show. A TV talk show that strives to make real impact by organising live shows and several other activities aimed at making real impact in the society. She is also the founder of the “Right stage” project which is a charity/empowerment project.
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