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Jan. 26, 2012
Contact: Cydney Archie
Sobayo crowned 2012 Miss Phi Beta Sigma
COLUMBUS, Miss. --Olubukola Sobayo, a junior pre-nursing major at Mississippi University for Women, was recently crowned 2012 Miss Phi Beta Sigma.
The pageant was the first Sobayo had ever participated in and she enjoyed the experience.
“It was a dream come true for me to win and be crowned queen. Everything was new to me, but it was a humbling and character-building experience,” she said.
Sobayo was awarded a monetary gift, crown, sash and flowers for winning the pageant. She also was named Miss Congeniality, an award that is voted on by all contestants.
“I am glad I participated in the pageant because it taught me how to be open and how to interact with others. Everyone was really supportive, and I made new friends throughout the process,” she added.
Each contestant was given the opportunity to display poise, grace, talent and speaking skills on stage before judges and the audience.Categories included casual and swim wear, formal wear,talent and an onstage interview.
Pageant director Nicolas Wright stated, “It is important that the contestants perform their best in each category and remain consistent throughout, and that is exactly what Olubukola did. She did a great job, and I am proud of her.”
Because of her love for dance, the Nigerian native created and performed a dance routine during the talent portion.
“Dance has always been easy for me. It issomething I was born with. I mixed African, contemporary and gloving moves in my routine, and I enjoyed it all,” Sobayo said.
The Miss Phi Beta Sigma Scholarship Pageant is held annually in Januaryby the Alpha Omicron Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., which was founded at Howard University on Jan 9, 1914, to exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship and service. Today, members work with a variety of organizations such as March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.