Hello, my name is Elisabeth Nguty-Nkeng from Cameroon, located in the West-Central Coast
of Africa. Cameroon is often referred to as “Africa in miniature” for its geological and
cultural diversity. I am 24 years old and I moved to the United States in January this year
after obtaining a Master’s Degree in law from the University of Yaounde II in Cameroon.
I am currently registered for Information Technology classes at Prince George’s County
Community College while studying for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). I am fluent in
English and French and speak some Chinese. Nǐ hǎo!
I have always been passionate about the environment and social justice. In Cameroon, I
volunteered for Greenpeace, an International NGO whose goal is to ensure the ability of the
Earth to nurture life in all its diversity and focuses its campaigning on worldwide issues such
as climate change, deforestation, overfishing, commercial whaling, genetic engineering, and
anti-nuclear issues. As soon as I moved to the US, I joined the Cameroon Women for Peace
USA organization that is working towards ending the armed conflict in Cameroon.
One of the reasons I decided to join the pageant was to use the platform to highlight the
plight of children from poor families who are unable to continue their education in conflict
zones. When war starts, families who can afford it usually move out to safer areas and their
children are able to continue their education undisturbed while poor families are unable to
move out and their children are unable to continue going to school. I am advocating for the
children from these poor families and my platform is to help them catch up to their peers in
conflict free zones.
For the past 3 years in Cameroon for example, some 20,000 school-age children now live in
the bushes of the Northwest and Southwest regions. With no learning materials or trained
teachers, they have no access to a formal education. These children could be driven to take
up arms, becoming a lost generation that perpetuates the conflict and humanitarian crisis.
If I become Queen, I want to work with all stakeholders in ensuring that all these children
are provided with their educational needs and new curricula be developed using modern
technology that will allow these children to catch up on their education.