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Miss Africa in USA 2010 – Vote for Swadu!

Miss Africa in USA 2010 – Vote for Swadu!

Could Swadu be the next Miss Africa in USA 2010? Sierra Leoneans home and abroad should mobilize themselves and vote for Swadu. Swadu has taken the national pride of Sierra Leone (Green, White and Blue) to highest level in show business. That is the reason Sierra Leoneans should mobilize themselves to vote for the only Sierra Leonean in the contest for now. Swadu is just one step away to make it happen and that step is largely depending on the votes that are going to be cast by Sierra Leoneans themselves.

Swadu Natasha Beckley, a 22 year old Poet (with over 300 poems in her name) and a senior majoring in foreign studies at the University of Virginia’s college at Wise is current Miss Sierra Leone in Washington DC, 2009 and reigning Miss University of Virginia, Wise, 2009.



Swadu is the founder of the “Sisters Supporting Sisters,” organization that focuses on educating Sierra Leonean woman to take care of herself; our mission is to help address the issues of Maternal Mortality in Sierra Leone. The organization plans to attack the issues of maternal mortality in Sierra Leone, by achieving three distinct objectives; a Sisters in Education; Sisters/Motherly care plan and a Sisters in Hygiene. The Sisters in Education package stresses the importance of providing an education to young girls in Sierra Leone. Through a sponsorship program the TOP Five, the top five students in each class will receive a cash scholarship prize of Le. 100, 000.00 approximately (US$25) to assist the girls with their schooling; a Sisters Supporting Sisters book bag containing goodies; and a Certificate of Excellence award to motivate the young women. A banquet would be held each year for during which the girls will be able to sharing their experiences, and get advice from prominent Sierra Leonean women.

“Unassuming Tasha” as she is fondly called, is one of the three beautiful finalists representing Sierra Leone at the Miss Africa in USA 2010 pageant to be held in Maryland in July this year. Could Tasha be the next Miss Africa in USA? Born in Freetown in 1987, Swadu Beckley attended the Leone Preparatory Primary School in Freetown under the care of late Aunty Bertha, and continued her studies at the Brook House Elementary School in Langata, when her family moved to Nairobi, Kenya in 1996. In the United States, Tasha continued her education graduating from Wakefield High School class of 2005 in Arlington, VA. When once asked by a colleague about her Fula first name and Krio surname, she had this to say: “I am a proud and strong Sierra Leonean woman of mixed blood. I walk with the style and grace of a Mandingo princess; blessed with the smile and the radiance of a Fula bride; my bluntness and manipulative ways was inherited through my Temne side; while my sharp curves , my round hips my sweet words and thin lips were granted to me by ancestors of the Krio tribe. These are cultures united to create a strong black woman full of West African, Sierra Leonean pride”.

A sporting enthusiast, Tasha played basketball and soccer in high school, and featured on the 2000-2002 T.C.Williams freshman girls basketball team, which she captained, as well as the 2002/2003 T.C.Williams Junior Varsity soccer team. Tasha also played for Hayfield High School junior varsity girls basketball team in 2003/2004.

With a strong love for God, Tasha lives her life daily wanting to make a difference and touch the lives of people she interacts with. She was a teens Sunday school teacher at the United Wesleyan Church in Alexandria, Virginia where her family currently worships, a church that has made a substantial impact in her life.

To vote please go the website: http://www.missafricaunitedstates.com/voting-result.php

By Umaru Sitta Turay, New York, USA

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  • Dear Sierra Express Media,

    To my knowledge, Auntie Bertha is not ‘late’. She is still very much alive. Her daughter, Mrs. Denise Macfoy, is a friend of mine of many years and I would certainly know if Auntie Bertha was anthing other than ‘very much alive’.


    Margarette Stevens

    7th April 2010

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