Pamela Uba makes history as the first Black Miss Ireland

September 17, 2021 - 02:10 PM

NATIONWIDE (BAMM Network) After winning the Miss Galway crown, Pamela Uba continues to break barriers with her recent coronation as Miss Ireland 2021. And for the first time in 74 years, she became the first Black woman to hold the title since 1947. 

The 26-year old part-time model and medical scientist, Pamel Uba, makes history after being crowned as Miss Ireland 2021. Originally, she came from South Africa but moved to Ireland with her family when she was 8-years-old as an asylum seeker. In her recent interview with The PUNCH, Uba has mentioned that she takes pride in her origin while still being a "very proud" Irish citizen.

She has been working as a frontline worker at the University Hospital of Galway and has recently shared her words of gratitude while rocking a lab coat with her Miss Ireland crown on Instagram. 

“It’s like a dream come true. Words can’t even begin to describe how I’m feeling right now, or have been feeling for the past week leading up to the final.”

According to Brendan Marc Scully, Director of Miss Ireland, Uba has been nothing but impressive during the competition. She won the most number of Miss Ireland challenges, ranking first in the debating challenge and sports challenge at the same time. Not only that, but she showed remarkable performance and candor during the talent and charity challenge. 

“You would get a lot of bullying online, racism online, and I’ve experienced it quite a lot, especially since becoming Miss Galway and then becoming Miss Ireland,” she says. “There is a minority there that feel the need to put out negativity.”

Despite her wonderful performance and her impressive win, it didn't stop negative comments from reaching her. She has been receiving numerous racists remarks and messages following her win. 

Uba will be representing Ireland at the 70th Miss World pageant in Puerto Rico this December. 

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Photo Credit: Pamela Uba Instagram Page

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