By Johannes Hangula
NOT many young models out there get to fulfill their dream by representing their country in a global pageant. Dorcas ‘Diezzy’ Mbevo is one of the few who are fortunate to take part in the 11th Miss Africa USA Pageant 2016.
This is a pageant that features African women in the United States of America. The pageant has transcended from a small state pageant launched in Atlanta, Georgia in 2005, to one of the most highly anticipated annual community events in the nation.
Mbevo (24) was born in Democratic Republic of Congo to Dorothee Vonga and Dede Mbevo. “I am the youngest of three siblings and the only female child to my mother. Three years after my birth my parents parted ways and a couple of years after that my family moved to Namibia, a country I am honoured, delighted and proud to call home and represent at this year’s Miss Africa USA 2016,” she said.
She says the transition from DRC to Namibia was very challenging. “A move to a new country calls for an adjustment to a new culture, but I eventually found comfort through a local boys/girls’ club I attended. Encouraged by an amazing and strong woman I have as a mother, I quickly realised education is key and went ahead and completed my high school in 2012.
“Although I am a quiet and reserved person I was able to find my wings of confidence when I embarked into different activities, which led me to be involved in various pageants such as Miss Youth Namibia 2013, Miss International University of Management 2014 and Miss Commonwealth International Namibia 2014 and being able to carry those titles the best way I could gave me the social responsibility of being a pillar to those who are yet to find their philanthropy, a voice to the voiceless and a helping hand to those in need. It awakened my interactions with my community and people of all sorts of age and background,” she added.
“Motivated by the love I received in Namibia, it’s rewarding for me to give back to the people of the land that gave me so much to be grateful for”.
In 2015, Dorcas and her mother moved to the United States, where she now resides i n t h e state of Florida and currently works while studying at the Florida Technical College. “I spend most of my spare time writing or listening to audio books. Occasionally I join the African Council of Orlando during their cultural events planning or ch a r i t y days.”
Mbevo has an online non-profit organisation called ‘The Heart of Diezzy Foundation’ with its primary focus being education. “We aim to give back to the children of Namibia because they are our future leaders. Help them acquire education in every aspect of life and how to go about solving circumstances that are rising in our lives on a daily basis. Help them understand that the world consists of people who are book smart and those who have the wisdom.”
Earlier this year the organisation took its first step towards its aim and donated school kits to several deserving learners in Windhoek and in the North. Mbevo believes that if children are granted the means, motivation and encouragement to go to school, the current generation can then say they did their humanly right of bettering their future.
To vote for Mbevo go on the websitemissafricausa.org/voting/ and click on her picture (Namibia: Dorcas Mbevo) and then click on the thumbs up emoji that will be under her name once her portfolio comes up.
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