“I am very excited to be going to Miss World and intend to fly the Sierra Leonean flag with great pride”, Aminata says, stressing that she hopes to do the nation proud.
“Aminata will be a worthy ambassador for Sierra Leone and we expect her to attract a lot of positive attention to the country”, says Dr. Adonis Aboud, Chairman of Miss Sierra Leone Ltd.
Getting Aminata to Miss World has not been an easy task for the Board of Miss Sierra Leone Ltd, all the members of which are giving voluntary service without any consideration of financial benefit. According to Dr. Aboud, members have even made personal financial contributions and are giving a lot of their time and energy to ensure Sierra Leone is well represented at Miss World.
“We are grateful to the Minister of Tourism and Culture, the National Tourist Board, IPC Travels, SN Brussels, Sierra Rutile and Adnan Supermarket who have so far provided support to enable us get our Queen to Miss World, and we look forward to more support from other well-meaning Sierra Leoneans and companies,” he says.
Since becoming Miss Sierra Leone, Aminata has been engaged in a number of charitable activities, with orphanages, Pikin Bizness and Playground Foundation because, according to her, she wants to make the lives of disadvantaged children in Sierra Leone better. This work has been captured on video and submitted to Miss World for the beauty with a purpose competition.
Aminata, who is a very good dancer, has also entered for the Miss World talent competition and is currently working with the National Dance Troupe to create an exciting dance routine that she will present as her talent.
“The dance Aminata is working on will make an impression and I’m sure she will do well,” says Dr. Julius Spencer, who is providing guidance for the creation of the dance piece. “Aminata has been able to very quickly learn some traditional dance movements and has infused some modern dance movements and acrobatics into the piece to make it a unique blend of modern and traditional dance,” he says.
In order to ensure that Miss Sierra Leone is well prepared for the Miss World pageant, the board of Miss Sierra Leone Limited has secured the services of Mrs. Aleece Cooper to provide grooming for Aminata. Mrs. Cooper has significant experience in pageantry, having worked with Miss South Africa who went on to be the first runner up for Miss World in 2007.