With Florence Amagiya
Osas Ighodaro, Miss Black USA is a Nigerian born and raised in the home of the New York Yankees – Bronx, New York. With her whole family from Nigeria, she is proud to be apart of her family’s first American born generation. Being a Nigerian-American has taught her the importance of family, pride, and never forgetting where she comes from.
She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and dual minor degrees in Entrepreneurship and Theatre.
After graduation, Osas starred in her first feature film as well as in an array of independent and short films. She proudly performed in the New York Fringe Festival and also hosted a half hour television show which showcased the arts, politics, and issues of the African Diaspora. Currently, Osas is a candidate for the Masters of Fine Arts in Acting at the Actors Studio – Pace University.
Her works as an actress, model, dancer, journalist and community advocate have taken her round the U.S. and beyond but most recently, to the state of Connecticut where she is actively involved in raising awareness of heart disease, the #1 killer of women. Osas believes a person’s time is purely a small token of appreciation towards others.
Her interests besides spending time with her family and friends include traveling, meeting new people, and giving back to the community. She is known to believe that the sky is the limit and anything one puts their mind to they can achieve.
My questions are: Why are Nigerians making waves abroad? Why don’t they excel in their own country? Do they have limited opportunities at home? Is it the fault of the government? Are the Nigerians in Diaspora having better understanding and push than the ones at home? Are the facilities and style abroad so expensive and out of reach? What is killing the spirit of enterprise in Nigeria? Or is it that we do not honour our own heroes?
In my little understanding, corruption has taken over the better part of this country and this is the reason we haven’t gone far. Nigerians are naturally blessed and endowed whatever you may see it to be.
We study under very harsh and intensive conditions in schools that is why we excel when we travel abroad. We are talented but there are no platforms to encourage these talents. We are skillful that’s why they pick us out where ever we are. But if the educational system remains the same way that at age thirty, one is still fighting to bag his first degree, then there is problem.
If there are no programs in place for the ones who do not want to go to school, but wish to learn a trade then we cannot go anywhere as a Nation. If our leaders are given opportunities to travel abroad and yet cannot bring back what they saw, then we shall remain underdeveloped.