Miss Benin || Ehame Gbesso

In my native language, my name Ehame means “we are all equal.” I was born in Benin, West Africa; my native language is called Fon and my second language is French. Both of my parents were born in Cotonou, Benin and I have two older sister, who were born in Gabon, Central Africa. I have one little brother who was born in Indianapolis, IN. When I was 5 years old, my parents were blessed with an opportunity that would change our lives forever. They had the opportunity to come to the United States. When I turned 6 years old, I found myself in the United States with my parents and sisters. Starting over was very difficult but it was what we needed. We lived in Indiana until my sophomore year in high school. Growing up in Indiana, being that English was not and still is not my first language, I had to take English as Second Language (ESL) classes. Taking ESL classes allowed me to make friends with other students from other cultures and countries. The beautiful thing about this was that I was not alone. Other students from other countries were going through the same transition. The transition meaning, starting over and adjusting to the American lifestyle and learning English.

In 2009, my father found a better position in the state of Maryland. With my older sisters away for college, it left me, my mother, and my brother leaving our comfort zone and starting over. June of 2009, we made the big move from Indiana to Maryland. Starting over in Maryland was a little rocky, but through those rockiness, I met some great friends and I participated and numerous activities that allowed me to express myself freely and comfortably.

After High School, I went straight into Community College where I received my Associate's Degree. After receiving my two years, I transfer to a 4-year University (Towson University) where I then received my Bachelors in Psychology in December of 2017. As of today, I am attending Bowie State University for my Masters in School Counseling. Although I did not want to move to Maryland, I realized that my greatest accomplishments were established in this state. I am now living in the city of Laurel, where I am working full time, being a full-time student, a supportive friend, a caring sister, a loving daughter, and a proud auntie of two amazing little ones.