2019 MOST INSPIRING NIGERIAN PERSONALITY WINNER
SAMUEL EBUBECHI OKWUAGWU.
Samuel Ebubechi Okwuagwu is a 23 years old Nigerian student. The eldest in a family of seven, Samuel relocated to South-Africa with his family in the year 2009. He is currently pursuing a degree in Public Health at Monash University, Samuel came into the country at a time where the aftermath of Xenophobia was still so strong, in high school, he was constantly picked on for the mere fact that he was Nigerian and at some point that made him be reserved and ashamed. After a while, he started to embrace who he was and then began the moment his life took a turn for the best. In Grade 11, he was voted the head boy of his school called Hoerskool Die Fakkel, the first foreign student to be bestowed such honor. After high school, things were very difficult for the family and took a few years before he eventually got accepted into Monash University. In his first year, Samuel got several distinctions academically. He registered for the university's big pageant event and was crowned Mr. Monash SA 2018-2019. Since then, he has been representing the school in various events and initiatives. This year he was scouted by a top Pageant competition in SA called Mr. & Miss Jnr SA, and was crowned as Mr. Universal SA 2019-2020 and also won various other awards and prizes.
Samuel's achievements have been noticed by brands and influential individuals in the country. He recently did a photo-shoot that put him on the cover of his school's magazine - Monash University Magazine. Most recently, he was chosen as one of the faces and drivers of a newly implemented UN program called "UNLASA" - a program that strives for equity, unity, youth empowerment and an all-round improvement of the African society. Samuel plans to take the programme to Nigeria for similar impacts. Samuel has been on several radio shows and has gotten involved in various community outreach programs where he is showing the people of South Africa that the stigma and discrimination attached to the people of Nigerian are false on so many levels. “I represent the flag green white green everywhere I go and will continuously stay doing so!” Samuel says.