By The World Satellite.
Identified as the future of the African Pageantry, Miss Sarah Akaazua, popularly known as Sarah Benz is a manifestation of a hybrid cultural upbringing which has directly influenced her emergence as the 2020/2021 Queen of Aso-Culture.
It was all fun as the former Queen of Benue Tourism; Sarah Benz emerged the Queen of Aso – Culture in the just concluded virtual edition of the Queen of Aso Nigeria beauty pageant 2020 in Abuja; a prestigious pageant aimed at promoting the rich culture and heritage of Nigeria and the society at large.
Speaking on her recent emergence as Queen of Aso–Culture in a chat with The Word Satellite Magazine, the light-skinned Benue-born beauty queen who expressed her delight in the crown posited that she would use the platform to advocate for the mutual understanding and tolerance between cultures especially in the Capital city of Abuja.
“To build peace that leads to development, it is necessary to have mutual understanding and tolerance between cultures. If people accept cultural diversity and understand cultures other than their own, it will contribute to the prevention of conflict, building of peace and development. Hence, cultural diversity in Nigeria should be seen as an asset rather than a burden,” Queen Sarah explained.
Also, Queen Sarah; an entrepreneur who manufactures organic soap, pink lip balm and glow oil for all skin types expressed that the cultural richness, grace, dedication, leadership and strength exemplified by the organizers of the pageant will inspire her to not just see the pageant as a funfair of crowning beauty queens, but to use her voice, passion and position to Galvanize the interest of the youths and strategically re-channel them to national pursuits that will culminate in development and cultural recovery.
While revealing that she would make use of the media of mass communication as instruments of social mobilization and enlightenment to be able to galvanize a large army of Nigerian youths, she opined: “the moment the youths of Nigeria are sufficiently educated about the essence of and the philosophy behind Nigeria’s rich cultural diversity, it is easier for the different segments of the complexity that Nigeria is, to now unify and decide to live in peace, harmony, equality and respect for equity, social justice and practice democracy the way it should be.
Furthermore, Queen Sarah was convinced that her role as the Queen of Aso-Culture will enable her to shine the spotlight on Nigeria and beyond, tell her story, inspire others and most importantly serve humanity.
She concluded by asserting that one of the fundamental objectives of state policy is to promote our cultural values. According to her, to promote cultural values one has to create the enabling environment for the proper promotions of the different cultural activities that we find Nigeria.