National Miss Woman of Excellence Contestant: Christi Owiye

Hey there everyone! My name is Christi Owiye, and I am a senior at the University of South Florida. I am majoring in Mass Communications and minoring in Africana Studies. I am so excited to be graduating this semester. It’s been an amazing four years, but my time at USF is certainly expiring. At USF, I serve as the Public Relations Chair of the Black Female Development Circle, and I am so proud to be representing my chapter in the Miss Woman of Excellence Scholarship Pageant. Though I am Jamaican and Nigerian, I will be representing the gorgeous nation of Haiti, or Ayiti, for this year’s pageant. It’s an honor. Haiti was the first Black nation to gain independence via a slave revolt, and I hope to symbolize a nation of such pride and strength with grace and appreciation.

The Black Female Development Circle is very dear to my heart, and for this reason, it seemed inevitable that I would participate in this pageant. Within BFDC, I appreciate how unapologetic I am with my sisters. It is in my nature to be authentically me at all times, but with BFDC, this authenticity is accepted and appreciated. I enjoy our sense of humor and our ability to be supportive of one another. I serve as an executive board member for the Black Student Union as well, and my BFDC sisters ALWAYS support me at those events as well. Feeling a sense of community, honesty and support are crucial to building a sisterhood. I am elated that the USF Chapter of the Black Female Development Circle, Inc. enables me to not only be a recipient of these emotions, but a giver of them as well.

As we turn our focus towards the pageant, I feel confident that my sisters will continue to support me in all my endeavors, and I fully plan to do the same. It’s always a great day to be a woman of excellence in royal purple!