It was a day that would linger and be remembered for long, not just because a beautifully created damsel was in Delta state, but because of the gestures offered to some primary and secondary school students.
Queen Okwunodu, who is the reigning Miss Ambassador For Peace, Nigeria shook the Delta when she awarded scholarships to over 20 students in primary and secondary schools.
Dressed in her beautiful regalia, wearing the crown she won during contest, her smiles was welcoming while her gaze charmingly endearing.
Her plan is to visit schools around the nation, giving the best pupils from primary 1-6 scholarships while also visiting secondary schools and awarding the best students from JSS1- SS2 scholarships.
Okwunodu, under the flagship of Peace Ambassador Agency, embarked on a Peace Education Campaign tour to Delta State, Nigeria. Judith who hails from Umunede, Delta State, currently serves as the Miss Ambassador for Peace 2015/2016.
According to the beauty, who hails from Umunede, Delta State was her starting point as she believes charity always begins at home.
According to the ever smiling woman, the essence of the Peace Education Campaign was not to show off but to catch these young ones. And in contributing her quota in peace building in Nigeria and the world at large, the programme saw Okwunodu and her crew paid a visit to the Obi of Umunede, His Royal Highness, Agadagidi; as the saying goes, “Give honour to whom honour is due”.
His Royal Highness prayed for her and assigned two delegates from his council: Chief Benson Iyama, the Elema of Umunede and Chief Amos Eborka, the Akinluwe of Umunede to work with Judith and her team.
Four schools in Ika North East LGA, Umunede, Delta State benefitted from the peace Education Campaign where gift packs comprising of educational materials, Mathematical sets, bags and text books were distributed among the students of these schools. Schools which benefitted from the largesse include: Ede Grammar School, Umunede Mix Secondary School, Ogbe Model Primary School and Ukpeghoro Primary School, where the students went wild in admiration.
When asked why she decided to embark on the somewhat impossible journey, she said it’s her passion for the downtrodden that motivated her to embark on the journey that led her into contesting for the crown which she eventually won. She explained that though she’s the one sponsoring this project, she wants to fulfill all promises made to herself before winning the MAFP crown.
“One of the effective methods for the mainstreaming of peace in the society and indeed promoting the process of peace building is through the instrumentality of formal and informal education. After all, it is said that education is a lifelong learning process for the individual and the community.” She stressed.
Speaking to the students of the schools, Okwunodu said: “We are the future leaders of Nigeria; hence, we should all live an exemplary life. We shouldn’t be used as a medium of terror and violence. We should all be advocates for peace and unity which is the only way we can make our communities and country a better place”
Okwunodu led the entire students at various schools in chanting “I am an Advocate for Peace, I am an Ambassador of Peace”
During her visit, each school management selected the best performing students in each class from Primary 1-6 and JSS 1-SS2. Special presentations were made as well as the award of scholarships to these students. Of course, the school management and teachers were not left out, with gift items also given to them for the hard work and labour.
With her achievements as Miss Ambassador for Peace still garnering more acclaim, not forgetting the Peace Football Tournament held in Delta State as well as visit to the disable community in Karmajiji LGA in Abuja where she donated food items and cash gifts to the residents, Queen Judith Okwunodu stated that plans are already in place to take this campaign to other state in Nigeria, details to be made public as soon as it has been concluded.
“It has been God all the way, none of these things would have been possible if not for the help of God and also thanking Him for the opportunity to serve as Miss Ambassador for Peace 2015/2016 and through this office to touch lives,” she said.