Salome Nyokabi Munyaka took part in this year’s USA’s cultural pageantry, The Miss Nations of the World. The ceremony took place in Salt Lake Utah in August 2017. She ended up coming out as the first runner’s up and she also won the Best Interview Award. She beat over 40 contestants from all over the world. We caught up with her to find out more.
Which course did you pursue/ or are currently pursuing in college?
I currently hold an Associate’s degree in Business with an emphasis in accounting. I’m now pursuing my Bachelors at the University of Washington in Urban Sustainable development and geospatial technology.
Have you always wanted to participate in a pageantry?
No, not really, to be honest, I never thought I had the look. In my opinion at first, pageantry was all about the superficial.
How did you come to be part of the Miss Nations of the World Pageant 2017?
I participated in my states pageant, the Miss Africa Washington state after I learned that it was more than the outward appearance that mattered. This pageant taught me how to use the platform to raise awareness of serious global issues facing us. I finally got an opportunity to voice about domestic violence and how it’s destroying our community and families. After being crowned the first princess of Washington state I sought to find an even larger platform and that is how I came to be part of the Miss Nations of the World which is the third largest pageant currently in the USA.
What challenges did you face along the way up to getting selected as the first runner’s up?
One of the challenges was ensuring that the judges got to know me as a person, not just my presentation but also the true inner person that I am. The challenge is you are only before the judges for a few seconds at a time and they are looking at another 15 or more ladies. Being unique and standing out was my challenge every time I walked out on stage.
What to you, was the highlight of the whole ceremony?
The interview question, my question was what does true beauty mean to me? For me, this is something I had thought about over and over and having the opportunity to share my true feeling about beauty was my highlight of the evening.
Who is your mentor on your journey of growth? My mentor is my mother. She has been a supporter, a cheerleader throughout this journey.
What projects are you currently working on?
Currently, I’m working on building my foundation. Waceke Foundation which is an organization named after my mother a domestic violence survivor. The mission and vision is to help women and children that are victims of abuse both in the USA and in Kenya. The vision is to see Kenya have shelters and free clinics for both victims and abusers. It’s time to end the cycle.
What are your long-term goals (career wise)?
I hope to be part of the very much needed growth of our country, it would be wonderful to no longer be referred to as a developing country rather as a developed country. My long-term goal is to be part of getting my country to that finish line by having the best education and job opportunities not only in Africa but from a world spectrum.
What is the most enjoyable thing about how far you’ve come?
Meeting people and they appreciate my work with my platform. Also by standing up against domestic violence has connected me with various movements that are making a change on the ground and that for me is the most amazing part of how far I have come.
What are some of your other interests?
Traveling, dancing Latin dance, reading a good book and hiking.
What is your advice to other young people who are aspiring for great things like you?
Do not let others project their insecurities on to you when they say you cannot do something, the one person who truly knows your potential is yourself so trust your gut and do what you were destined to do. Fear is a strength and a weakness depends on how you use it.