For those who believe Leah Brown, Miss Malaika 2016 did not deserve to wear the crown, she has one message for them—they cannot not break her as she is poised to work hard to make a change in society.
Right now, her main focus is to work hard to make her project of helping abused and needy children make such a great impact that her critics would have no option than to change their minds.
According to the 21-year-old beauty queen, who beat nine other contestants last Saturday night to emerge winner, she has a vision and she is all geared up to make it a reality and not very bothered with what her critics are saying.
In a chat with Showbiz on Tuesday, Leah said, “Not everyone would appreciate your worth and potential so it’s only right to understand the people who think I don’t deserve the crown.
It’s up to me to prove them wrong and win them over All I can say right now is for them to wait and see the quality of work I will churn out during my reign.
Leah disclosed that although she was initially disappointed with some of the comments that were passed on her personality after being declared the winner, she’s now poised to make the change she has always dreamt of as a child.
As child, she’s always had a special interest in assisting abused children. This interest developed when she listened to a news item of a child who had been raped.
For her, the story of the victim’s mother who wept saying she didn’t have resources to foot her daughter’s medical bills after the culprit had been arrested touched her heart in a “divine way”.
“It wasn’t’ just any ordinary news I listened to that day. I had an inner urge to assist but as young as I was, I didn’t know how and when to start. The desire has always been with me and I had always wanted a platform to put my dream into action.
“This is why I strongly believe this crown didn’t come to me just for flaunting sake but to accomplish what I had always prayed to God for, a platform to help the needy.
I call this the ‘divine’ means to bless abused and the less privileged children in the society,” the old student of Krobo Girls Senior High School said.
The Malaika pageant journey started in July when over 100 wannabes took part in the auditioning.
Despite the “tough journey” as Leah describes it, she soldiered on with her eyes fixed on the crown so she can carry out her passion to help abused and needy children.
“I quite remember before the finals, I was up for eviction and I felt all was lost. I just couldn’t believe my efforts weren’t being appreciated by the public to translate into votes. But such is life, sometimes, on the road to success, you encounter many setbacks but if you have a vision, you will change the setback into a ladder to climb to your destination,” Leah, a Guan from Northern Volta said.
From a family of three—mother, big sister and herself, the Level 400 Political Science and French student said despite the course she is studying now, she aspires to be an event organiser.