Mary was born in Congo she has been in America for the last 5 years, Mary Ntanga lives with her sister. Unfortunately her parents passed away back in Africa when She was Young. She loves her 2 sisters one and believes that family comes first. Some of the things she likes to do are making new friends, modeling and is proud to represent her country Congo.
Gabrielle Slewion was born in Liberia, she enjoys traveling, exploring the world, dancing and modeling. Gabrielle says that life is to short to not go out there and see what the world has to offer. She would like very much to become a Flight Attendant and a photographer, because when it comes to pictures, every single moment you capture in life shows how much life is appreciated and valued.
Jaclin Gabraiel Tahir was born in Khartoum, Sudan. Jaclin Tahir is the oldest and first born daughter or Wahiba Tutu and Samuel Tahir. Jaclin was raised in Sudan but moved to Cairo, Egypt with her parents and younger sister. Jaclin and her family moved to Kennewick, Washington when she was 5 years old. Jaclin is the eldest of her five siblings, Josephin, Tuna, Gabe & Jeremiah. She attended Westgate Elementary, Highlands Middle School, and graduated from Kamiakin High School. She loves sports. Football, basketball and hockey are her favorites. Her favorite colors are pink and champagne. During senior year of high school Jaclin also attended Tri-Tech Skills Center and was in the Early Childhood Education program. After completing this program, it led her to make her decision about her future career choice. Jaclin would like to be a therapist someday and be able to work in places that are underprivileged and don’t get the resources they should have. She is currently an undergrad at the University of Idaho and double majoring in Psychology and Child and Youth Development. Definition of the name Jacllin (Jacqueline): The name of a girl who is beautiful, strong, and intelligent. One who is easy to fall in love with but impossible to let go. She is funny, exciting, and enthusiastic. Jaclin has an amazing personality that appeals to every person fortunate enough to meet her. Her eyes are captivating, her smile, intoxicating and her heart lights the darkest, coldest souls and fills them with happiness. She is down to earth and carefree. The name is given to the beautiful woman. She is a drop dead gorgeous girl. If you meet one don’t let her go!
Bernadette Nyirabariyanga was born in Rwanda but raised in Idaho. She and her mother and brothers moved here in late 1995. Bernadette currently works full time as the Marketing Assistant for Ballet Idaho and part time for the Treasure Valley YMCA in Downtown Boise. She hopes to someday go back to school and get a degree in communication with an emphasis on digital marketing. “I enjoy meeting new people and exploring what life has to offer. Most weekends during the summer, I can be found at concerts or at a campsite in Idaho. Most people describe me as outgoing and always have a smile on my face.” Some of the women she looks up to include: Maya Angelou, Oprah, JK Rowling and Lupita Nyong’o.
Miss Nigeria Idaho 2017
Dera is compassionate, selfless, gentle and kind. Dera Offokaja is someone who would go out of her way to help others, even when it is of great inconvenience to her. She believes that a purpose worth living for is that which is greater than you. For only then can untapped possibilities emerge and the riches of the soul be poured out. One virtue she was raised with is that when you’re strong, you ought to bear the challenges of the weak, and where necessary, place their needs above oneself. The last child in a family of eight, Dera was born on a sunny afternoon by3pm in Onitsha eastern Nigeria. Having her at 45 years, her mother was told it was something unthinkable. Her mother often jokes of how Dera was named; just as Dera was born, after being placed in her mother’s arms, she looked into her eyes and exclaimed “Oderana odego” (whatever God writes must come to pass). Her name Odera, means “God has written it”. Dera’s future ambition is to become a music composer, singer/songwriter. After finishing High School, instead of studying Nursing like she was expected to, Dera decided to choose music. She believes that through music, she can tell a story… a story that can change lives. The first thing you notice about Dera is her infectious smile, her motherly instincts and her propensity to rush to the aid of others. She is the one that would give her umbrella to a stranger and walk in the rain. Her passion, strength, dependability and compassion make her stand out. But her determination to forge through all the challenges she faced in life to follow her dreams are most memorable. Dera is no stranger to obstacles and challenges, her passion to be a voice for youth empowerment has only grown greater over the years. Those who need a voice can be found in the most obvious places as well as the most unlikely places; sometimes it doesn’t take so much to succor those whose voice lack the strength, will, inspiration and opportunities to attain a life of purpose.
Samantha Dube was born in Chirumhanzu, a rural area in Zimbabwe. At the age of 12 she moved to England. After serving an 18 month, Latter-Day Saint mission she moved to Switzerland as her family had moved there while she was away. She then moved to Rexburg Idaho to further her education at Brigham Young University – Idaho, where she is currently seeking a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. With this degree, she plans on helping to make an education available to young people all over the world, to help them prepare to be future leaders and problem solvers in the world. Her international travels have helped her to be accustomed to her to various cultures, as a result she has been able to open her heart to people of various nationalities without any discrimination. She understands five languages and speaks three of them fluently. Namely; Shona, Spanish and English. Samantha, being a Libra, has always been concerned with fairness and balance, which she sees a great lack of in the world. Her love for people of different backgrounds has caused her to want them to have a fair chance in life, and she believes that an education is the best way to do that. She is a well-rounded extrovert who is driven by love. Words that describe Samantha are; faithful, energetic, optimistic, happy, caring, and exuberant.