Aderinoye Queen Oluwadamilola is a 22-year-old beauty queen. She is an Agricultural Engineering graduate from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA); Premier Primary School, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos; Federal Government Girls College (FGGC), Efon Alaaye. She is passionate about victims of terrorism and is a campaigner for girl-child education in Nigeria. She is Miss Commonwealth Nigeria Culture, 2015/2016. She shares her views about her passions and foundation.
Why are you passionate towards the victims of terrorism and girl-child abuse in Nigeria?
I have great passion towards the Internally displaced Person’s (IDP’s) and can’t bear the thought of seeing them live without hope. Most of the victims have had all they ever had wiped away from them, their families, homes and even their children. In my little capacity, I can at least raise awareness for them to get the needed help from well-meaning quarters. The government has a lot on their hands, which means people have to intervene.
Share your experience with us at the Miss Commonwealth Nigeria Culture 2015/16. How did you feel when you were announced winner?
I was overjoyed to have received the title and it has opened a lot of doors and opportunities for me. I would forever be grateful to the organisers for recognising the potentials in me.
Tell us about the Queen Christmas Foundation. What did you start and how have you been impacting people through the foundation?
Queen Christmas Foundation started out as a pet project aimed at giving hope to the IDPs in the North East. It’s just about three months old, but we have been able to reach out to the IDP camp in Abuja. I have just written and produced a short film titled ‘fallen petals’ on the plight of victims of the Boko Haram attacks and how Nigerians could help such people get back into the society.
You are an engineer-turned-actress and movie producer. Why did you abandon engineering to go into acting, movie production and pageantry?
Well, I didn’t abandon Engineering. In fact, I would rather be addressed as Engineer Queen because I expended a lot of hard work and time to get my engineering certificate, and I am proud of it. Let me add that I also have a fish farm under construction.
You are an ambassador to the Ondo State Government. Tell us more about awards and recognitions you have won.
I have received 12 awards in total. This includes: Most Sought After Model 2013, Prodigy awards, Model of the year in the 2015 graduating set of FUTA; and, Face of the Nigerian Universities Engineering Students Association 2015.
What other projects are you into?
Presently, I am working on a campaign against drug abuse, in partnership with Miss Global Nigeria 2015 and the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). Also I am presently producing a 12 episode series on ‘Life of a Beauty Queen.” All is set to be released before the end of the year.
There are some notions that beauty queens are not decent girls that they have to sleep with influential men to make headway.
What is your view of such assertion?
Becoming a beauty queen is all about working hard. Success is not sexually transmitted. I think beauty queens that sleep with influential men to get recognized are not worthy of the crown.
Words of advice to young girls looking up to people like you.
My advice to young girls is, ‘if you can dream it you can achieve it. Never give up on your dreams. Put God first and work hard to achieve them.’