Miss Omasanine Tokunbo Buwa (Omasan Buwa) is an Itsekiri lady born in London to late Chief Joe Buwa (a magistrate and late Madam Diana – a London trained teacher). She is Omasan Buwa is the granddaughter of Chief Beru Buwa of Jakpa and Ajoki, a very successful palm oil merchant who crowned Ogiame Erejuwa II.
She won her first baby beauty tournament (Cow & Gate) in England when she was few months old. Omasan was taken to Nigeria at age 7 where she attended Government College, Ikorodu in Lagos State of Nigeria. At the school, she rose to become the head student of the Debating and Literary Society, as well as Athletic where she represented her college in tracks and fields event.
After her Secondary education, she gained admission into the University of Maiduguri in Bornu State to study English. Miss Omasan was suspended by the institution’s predominantly Muslim authority who was enraged at her decision to compete in a pageant, forcing her to withdraw from her course after her return from the competitions. In 2000, Omasan moved back to London and graduated with a Law degree from North London University in 2002.
She contested the Miss Nigeria pageant in 1986, losing to Stella Okoye. One year later, she contested again representing Warri in the 2nd Most Beautiful Girl In Nigeria (MBGN) competition, which she won. Being that the event didn’t take place early in the year, she reigned between 1987 to 1989 and quickly gained a reputation as MBGN’s most unconventional winner due to her controversial style.
As winner of the 1987 MBGN, Miss Omasan Buwa had the honour of representing Nigeria in the world pageants where she competed in the following competitions in 1988:
- Miss Universe
- Miss Intercontinental
- Miss World
Omasan Buwa Acting and Modelling Roles
Miss Omasan signed for Pandora model agency from where she worked for Dakova and Labanella. As an actress, she starred in the movie “Scattered Pictures” and also featured in soap operas “Memories and Ripples”. Few years later she opened her own modeling agency and discovered actress Ibinabo Fiberesinma. Later she got married and moved to New York City where she worked as a make-up artist; her clients included Naomi Campbell and Mary J. Blige.
Omasan Buwa Media Roles: Television, Writing and Radio
She presented a segment on weekend breakfast show “Morning Ride” on NTA 2 Channel 5. Also, she worked as a presenter for BEN Television while in London. She writes for “Diasporan Star” and “Wispaz” magazine with the column “Generation Max”. While in Lagos, she joined the crew of Amazons, a popular talk show. She was regularly on Radio and television as a Social-political analyst.
Government Roles: Special Assistant and Board Member
In 2009, Omasan moved back to Nigeria where she served the Delta State Government led by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan as an Executive Assistant specialising in Disability. She initiated a pet project named “RISE” which focused on physically challenged persons rehabilitation and social interaction. She previously had another project in 2009 named Youth Empowerment and Development in Delta which focused on Monitoring, mentoring and motivation of youths in Delta State.
Between settling back into life in the US, Omasan was invited as Board Member, Ministry of Communication and Tourism of Nigeria.
Other Roles and Business Interests
She also opened a Restaurant / Jazz Club in Lagos before moving into Aesthetics and Cosmetology. After obtaining her degree, she moved back to the States, where she worked as an Attorney, Therapeutic Social Worker and Part Time Model in Ohio.
Because of her curiosity about how the Chinese overcame poverty to become a super power and in 2018, Omasan Buwa took up a teaching job in China. She was a frontline advocate who investigated and exposed Chinese oppression of Nigeria in China which led to Nigeria taking a stand.
She is an International Human Rights Activist based in America and an active member of ITSEKIRIS. MY PEOPLE. MY CULTURE. Yes, Beautiful women make some of the best activists. Please let’s celebrate of great ambassador and beauty queen.