Miss Nigeria || Ijeoma Mbaezue

Ijeoma Olivia Mbaezue was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1995. She is a daughter of the Most High King; she is the daughter of two amazing, hardworking, and loving Nigerian immigrants; she is a sister; she is a friend; she is an educator; and she describes herself as an investor whose currency is people. She loves to invest in people. From a young age, her parents instilled in her the value of family and the importance of building up community. When Ijeoma was 13 years old, her parents sent her and her younger brother back to Nigeria for boarding school, which shaped the course of her life mission. Ijeoma graduated from Mercer University with a degree in Social Entrepreneurship. Although she was originally on the Pre-Med track, she chose to study Social Entrepreneurship because she found great joy in learning about social sciences and social justice. She loves to learn about the way that society works and why certain social structures exist as they do, and takes great interest in examining social justice issues, and debating them. Ijeoma has always had an inquisitive mind, but as she grows older, she finds it important to not only stay educated on social issues, but to take action to solve them as well. She later found her passion in education, and spent her past year with humble beginnings as a Pre-K teacher. Ijeoma is also currently pursuing her Masters in Social Enterprise at American University in Washington D.C. Ijeoma enjoys reading, writing, as well as spending quality time with family and friends in her free time.

Ijeoma believes one of the most powerful impacts you can have as a leader is creating other leaders, by helping people develop their gifts, talents, and abilities. Ijeoma platform is centered around Empowering Youth to Make Social Change because she believes that the youth of Africa are the most important natural resource we have and it is critical to our future to cultivate that resource.