Yewande Lawal a.k.a Wendy; a 400 level of the Department of Creative Arts, shares her high and low points, and how her family, mum, and friend cum manager; Muonagolu Sandra were instrumental to her success, with Ibukun Fasunhan.
Can you please introduce yourself
My name is Lawal Yewande Adebisi. I am 21 years old. I am a student of University of Lagos, Department of Creative arts, final year. Am the second to the last out of 6 children and from Ogun State and am the current Miss Lagos Carnival.
What inspired you to go for the pageant
Well, there were different carnival groups, and each group and local government had a representative. I was dancing for my group (locomotion) before, and I was later picked to represent them for the beauty pageant. I went for the screening, and out of about 90 people, they were burnt down to 12 due to the screening and later to 10. That was how I got in for the pageant in the first place.
What was camping like?
Camping was hectic, because I had exams while I was in camp and had to combine both together. There were times I had to leave the camp as early as 6am to meet up for my exams in school, and there was even a day I had to leave school in a cab to rush to Badagry, because the rest of my mates were having a field trip. It was stressful and fun at the same time because I learnt lot of things I won’t have the opportunity to. They had to teach us etiquettes, diction etc. it was fun but stressful fun!
How do you feel about being Miss Lagos Carnival?
(smiles) I feel overwhelmed about it, and I must say it is wonderful!. I am just hoping for the best to come after this, and still basking in the euphoria of excitement. It is a great feeling to know that you are a winner.
Who do you owe this prize to?
First of all, I owe it to God because without him, all things are not possible. Then coming down to human beings that helped me, I owe it to my best friend Sandra Muonagolu. Both of us are in the same department and level. She motivated me a lot and I was actually the shortest out of all the contestants. Not that I was that short, but all of them were tall. Immediately I saw them, I told her that ‘Sandra, I can’t do this, everybody is taller than me’, and she said ‘What? Just go there and make us proud’. She was the one with motivational messages that I could do it, and my mum was praying for me. Sandra went to the market to buy the materials for my traditional dress and even went to the tailor to get my dress. She went through stress, got ill in the process and came for the pageant because I didn’t want to stress my mum. She did a whole lot for me. She is presently my manager. I owe a great deal of my success to her
How do you intend to spend the money?
I intend to spend a substantial part in my family and I want to have an N.G.O. I have lot of ideas in my mind, and would be working with the Deputy Governor of Lagos State.
Some people do forget their friends after winning stuffs like this. How do you intend to manage this, considering the fact that some fake friends and enemies will start rearing their ugly heads?
(laughs) It is only logical to know that before now, I had friends and obviously after now, I have lots of friends. A friend of mine told me that she did not know I had many friends, because everybody on my bbm just went Wendy! wendy……. I know who I was before the pageant, and as the saying goes; success has lot of extended families, and people will start ‘forming familiarity’. I guess I have to be putting down my foot a lot now, and be stern in what I want and don’t want. It’s just logical to know your true friends and those that are just there for the fun of it.
Fame comes with controversies. How were you able to cope with it?
Everybody was hoping to win and if I didn’t win, I would have accepted my fate. I didn’t see the beauty pageant as a do or die affair. I just saw it as a platform to garner experience, and feel other opportunities will come, but some didn’t see it that way and took it very personal. There was no major controversy that I am aware of.
When would you start learning driving?
(laughs) The mistake I made earlier was to learn driving with an automatic car. When I saw the car and the gear box and realised it was manual, I was shocked because I have to start driving lessons all over again and ‘gain more muscles’
Interview by Ibukun Fasunhan (firstname.lastname@example.org)