Shireen Benjamin is the New Miss West Africa 2009

Shireen Benjamin is Miss West Africa 2009

Sierra Leonean beauty queen, Shireen Ben­jamin has been crowned Miss West Africa 2009 at the Royal Regency Hall, Manor Park in Lon­don. The event which was graced by hun­dreds of peo­ple from all over the UK high­lighted African beauty at its best and was indeed a show­case of African Fash­ion and cul­ture. The organ­is­ers should take pride in the suc­cess­ful out­come of this amaz­ing event. As a young girl, Shireen pos­sesses a strong appetite for suc­cess. Hail­ing from West Lon­don with Sierra Leonean her­itage, she is truly pas­sion­ate about her involve­ment in this year’s beauty pageant. Her inspi­ra­tion to com­pete for the title of ‘Miss West Africa’ stems from her inner spirit to emu­late other role mod­els who have proudly cham­pi­oned Sierra Leone.

The oppor­tu­nity to com­pete in the pageant is one which Shireen had truly cher­ished as it has pro­vided the plat­form to develop her strength. She aims to empower under priv­i­leged young women of Sierra Leone who have been through some of the worst plight of a bru­tal civil war in the West African coun­try. She believes that this will con­tribute to build­ing self-esteem, assertive­ness and set goals.

Her vision is a world where all women can par­tic­i­pate equally in the socio-economic, edu­ca­tional of their coun­try. As an Ambas­sador she will high­light fun­da­men­tal issues like poverty, HIV/Aids and Malaria and work towards edu­cat­ing peo­ple about the stigma sur­round­ing the dis­eases. Shireen aims to pro­mote safe sex­ual prac­tices; and encour­age peo­ple to be more aware.

In addi­tion, she fur­ther intends to lobby gov­ern­ments to pro­vide Mos­quito nets to peo­ple in West Africa. as this would pro­tect against Malaria which costs the gov­ern­ments a vast amount of money and to save lives from a dis­ease that can be prevented.

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