YPN Spotlight: Evelyn Onyejuruwa of Ankara Miami, Inc.

Posted:  January 30th, 2012 by:  YPN MIami comments:  0
Evelyn Onyejuruwa of Ankara Miami, Inc.

Miss Evelyn Onyejuruwa (on-yeh-joo-roo-wa) is a Nigerian native raised in South Florida. She received a Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and dual Masters degrees in Health Service Administration & Public Health from Barry University.

Her commitment to scholastic achievement is one of many ways she is utilizing her personal success to stimulate growth within her community. Evelyn O, as she’s known by many, has a warm spirit, zest for life, and supports anyone that is trying to make a positive change for themselves or others. As Miss Nigeria Florida (2011-2012), her platform includes empowering our youth to become future leaders and uniting the African & American nations by exhibiting an unwavering devotion to sharing her culture.

This mission prompted the 2011 establishment of Ankara Miami, Inc. The event planning company will primarily focus on exposing African trends to the South Florida area. For more information regarding upcoming events, please visit www.facebook.com/AnkaraMiami.

How long have you been in your field and what do you attribute your success?

I’ve been in healthcare management for the past five years.  It has taught me a number of things including interpersonal communication and managing employees with various ages, backgrounds, and personalities. More recently, I’ve started an event planning company called Ankara Miami, Inc. which is more geared towards my personal interests. As rewarding as it has been, becoming a new entrepreneur has been one of the most challenging periods of my life. I attribute my current and future successes to God (Proverbs 3:5-6), my parents, and the strong support system of the positive people I have around me.

What impact do you think you will have as Miss Nigeria Florida 2011-2012?

The experiences my family has shared, along with my frequent visits home, have given me a great appreciation for even the smallest blessings of life. One major blessing was being able to step outside of my comfort zone and work towards something challenging and new.  Although, I never imagined entering a competition of this sort, the cultural pageant was not just about a “title” for me, it was more so about a greater responsibility to encourage us all to embrace our heritage. Part of my platform as Miss Nigeria Florida is to continue to epitomize and share the Nigerian culture with others that may not always be exposed to it. I pray my time in this position will gain some new interest in cultural and performing arts while focusing on the impact that it has on our youth – the future leaders.

What upcoming events do you have planned?

I have a number of Black History Month events to attend throughout the month of February, including judging for the Miss Africa USF Pageant in Tampa, FL on February 4.

However, the biggest Black History Month event for me will be Miss Nigeria Florida Presents: The 1st Annual Ankara Fashion & Cultural Show on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Tempo Live in Downtown Hollywood.  In celebration of Black History Month, Ankara Miami provides the opportunity for us to share the African culture through fashion, dance, music, vendors, and live art. Tickets are currently available for online purchase via http://ankaramiami.eventbrite.com/. We’re very excited that a portion of the proceeds will go towards our Community Spotlight: The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC). AHCAC provides inspiration and encouragement to youth (ages 6-18) within the community and serves as a nesting ground for emerging talent in the performing and visual arts.

I’ll also be present to crown the next winner during the Miss Nigeria Florida 2012 Cultural Pageant this June. More details will be announced at a later date via my Facebook page entitled Miss Nigeria Florida 2011 (Evelyn O.).

How do you think your company would benefit from an organization such as YPN Miami and the Miami-Dade chamber?

As a member of a number of organizations, such as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and New Nigerian Alliance, as well as Board Chair for the Owen Walker Junior Foundation (www.facebook.com/OWJFInc), I’ve learned the importance of networking and building strong connections with other progressive young professionals in the area. Ankara Miami, Inc. can benefit from the members of other organizations by continuing to form lasting relationships/partnerships. By pooling our resources, sharing our talents, and supporting each other’s endeavors, the young professionals of today will be set to become the well- established and trusted leaders of tomorrow.

 

Contact Info –

Email: Info@AnkaraMiami.com

Like us on Facebook: Ankara Miami, Inc.

Follow us on Twitter: @AnkaraMiami

Phone: (305) 924- 2071

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