My name is Fairuza Nabia Sulleman and I am 27-years-old. I am a second class upper holder of a Diploma in Information Technology at Wisconsin International University College and currently pursuing Bsc Management and Computer studies at the same institution.
Why are you competing for Miss Africa Calabar 2020?
I believe that humanity is the most important ingredient in the recipe of life and that is my basic reason for joining the Miss Africa Calabar 2020 pageant. I believe that this competition is built on the foundation of humanity and unity across Africa.
What solution would you offer for the challenges Africa is facing in terms of the COVID19 pandemic and other health, governance, and environmental issues?
COVID 19 has taken not only Africa but the world by an unpleasant surprise. I believe Africa is one of the continents which has managed this predicament very well in terms of controlling its spread. However, there are still some challenges and these include inadequate healthcare systems that have the lowest capacity to provide intensive and critical healthcare in the world amongst others.
Some measures already put in place to control the spread of the virus include mandatory wearing of face masks, education on the need for social distancing, mandatory quarantine of persons with symptoms, and contact tracing amongst others. However, I believe African leaders should be more focused on building better infrastructures in terms of healthcare and putting in place adequate materials needed in such trying times. COVID 19 is believed to be a respiratory disease, and for that matter putting in place, adequate machinery that aids effective breathing in our health facilities will be very important, not only to persons affected by the novel Coronavirus but also to persons with other related respiratory disorders.
Africa has a large number of unemployed graduates including those from the health sector and not only will putting more healthcare infrastructure in place serve as means to a proper healthcare system but will also serve as a job avenue that will reduce the rate of unemployment. Our health professionals should be properly trained to handle COVID 19 issues, other health-related issues, and future occurrences.
Another major issue the pandemic has caused is the loss of jobs which has led many people to be unemployed. In this case, I will advise that people should be more creative in terms of basic hand skills which can serve as jobs to them in cases of emergency.
What would you do with the prize money should you win and what project would you take on to impact Africa at large?
If I am crowned the winner of Miss Africa Calabar 2020, I will use part of my cash prize to do humanitarian work and part to invest in my frozen foods business.
In regards to my pet project, I am already an advocate for mental health issues, and winning Miss Africa Calabar 2020 will provide me a bigger platform to broaden my horizons on my advocacy.