Paralegal by day, Community Activist by night, Noella Nsamwa is the perfect person to be Miss Africa USA Cultural Ambassador 2015-2016.
Born in the Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Nsamwa is always on the lookout for how she can affect change around her. Which is why she is the Vice-Coordinator of Hope Land Congo, a non-profit organization with a mission to contribute to a resolution of the multi-sectoral issues related to the fundamental rights of citizens of the DRC. As well as the Goodwill Ambassador for Hope Mama Africa Hospital in the Congo, founded by the plastic surgeon Dr. Nowa Mutangala, where they operate on women suffering from obstetric fistula at no cost.
With an eye on making the world better for everyone, Nsamwa joined Student CliMates Association based in Paris, France. Here students and young professionals around the globe come together and discuss solutions to climate change. In 2011 she coordinated a research project on indigenous people and their involvement in climate change issues.
It hasn’t always been easy for Nsamwa, she has faced her share of challenges. Being born in an African family she found it hard to express herself regarding her dreams. Then moving to the US, she had to learn a new language and deal with the culture shock. Believing in herself has helped tremendously when it came to overcoming those challenges.
Her list of accomplishments thus far are:
- Miss Africa USA Cultural Ambassador, 2015-2016
- Miss Africa South Western Pennsylvania, 2014
- Being the only young female representative at the 2011 United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change.
- Working hand in hand with the local government of Lubumbashi to improve the lives of people in the village of Katwatwa. (Due to her work in the village of Katwatwa, the bridge which was made out of branches was rehabilitated and many educational programs were put in place.)
- 1 of 100 leaders invited to the White House for the African Diaspora Leaders Briefing.
- This year she will be working with Dr. Mohammad Shahid Amin Khan in the World Chairman International Human Right Commission, for the World Youth Summit for Peace.
She had this to say to the readers, “Don’t settle for what makes you comfortable today, keep moving forward, for there will always be something new.”