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Famine is an emergency, and Ghyslaine will put an end to it!

Ghyslaine Tchouaga is a Cameroonian native, born and raised in Yaoundé, Cameroon and moved to the United States to continue her education. She holds numerous titles, she is an aunt, a daughter, a sister, a student and a humanitarian, but one of her most important title came during this summer when she was selected to represent Cameroon at the Miss Africa USA pageant this year. She is God fearing and loves different cuisine. She also enjoys exploring the world, giving back, modeling, learning about new cultures and spending quality time with her family and friends. She is all in one ambitious, humble, gorgeous, intelligent, confident and tall. She lives her life by Mahatma Gandhi quote “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

As Miss Africa USA approaches, we wanted to find out a bit more about the woman representing Cameroon, so we interviewed Ghyslaine on her accomplishment and what she’ll do if is the winner of Miss Africa USA

Why did you compete to become Miss Africa USA?
Apart from the fact that a Miss Cameroon has never won the Miss Africa USA crown, I am going for the crown this year because I want to promote my platform, The FIGHT against Hunger in the Horn of Africa. I want to promote  Miss Africa USA pageant at the same time and I believe that the future of the Miss Africa USA pageant rests heavily on the message its representatives relay to the general public. I will do all I can to market and preserve its core values, that young African woman are not only beautiful but also confident, intelligent, strong and ready to make Africa a better place.

Who inspires you?
I am inspired by strong and powerful women. I am inspired by women whose storyline goes like this “when I was young, I was underprivileged….but my life has positively changed.” This particular type of women set the bar high for me and my competitive spirit pushes me to accomplish more than they have. Women like my mother, Alicia Keys, Oprah Winfrey, Luisa Diogo, Michelle Obama, LadyKate Njeuma and former Miss Africa USA Mfonobong Essiet are women I aspired to be. Besides them, I am inspired by my struggles, my country Cameroon and Africa in general. All these elements give me the power to push every day.

What plans have you got for the future?
My ultimate goal is to have a clinic in Cameroon and I don’t have a plan B for this goal. Everything I am achieving in my life has to result to a clinic in a couple of years. I will have a clinic because my people lack proper medical attention. My grandfather was very sick in Cameroon and by the blessings of God, he was strong enough to travel to the United States and get medical attention. What happen to the thousands of people who cannot afford a plane ticket to the U.S?

What difference do you think you'll make as Miss Africa USA?
As Miss Africa USA, I will definitely set the bar high for the next queen. I will promote the art of helping other African countries. As a queen, my focus will not only be focalized in Cameroon but also to countries in need. I am currently working with two nonprofit organizations, the International Rescue Committee and the God Saves foundation, which aim are to help the whole continent. I will continue to raise awareness and funds for my Fight Against Hunger campaign. 
We realised you also hold the title of  Miss Cameroon, tell us a bit more about this?
There is no official Miss Cameroon but to be selected to represent Cameroon at the Miss Africa USA pageant, I went to a semifinal with other Cameroonian contestants. The judging criteria were self-confidence, a presentation of a realistic and achievable Micro project, general presentation and overall appearance. I guess I wowed the judges.
Don't you think it would be a hard job to hold 2 titles? how would you blend this successfully, and how can it affect your day today lifestyle?

Two is always better than one. I don’t think it will be hard but more demanding. The criteria for both jobs are almost the same. My first priority will be to fulfill my job as Miss Africa USA. Besides, they work for the same goal: the Empowering and Betterment of Africa. 
My lifestyle will not be drastically changed because I believe I already comport myself as a queen. I would not have to go extra mile to fit for this job. Plus it will positively impact my life; I will definitely use the spotlight to focus on my platform.
What is the platform of your competition? (any course you are fighting for)
My platform is the fight against Hunger in East Africa. The reasons are 
Famine is an emergency
Whenever I visualize that 12 millions of people in East Africa are affected by the drought crisis and 3.7 million people suffer from famine is East Africa, I feel uncomfortable because I did not do anything special to be bless with a meal every day.
I go where the need is. There is nothing saddening than seeing malnourish kids from East Africa.
To help me raise money for this campaign, anyone can donate to http://diy.rescue.org/misscameroon. The funds will go to the International Rescue Committee, a non-profit organization.  
If you are successful, what are some of the steps you'll take to ensure your voice is listened to?
My voice has been heard. I will continue to do what I have done to leave the echo of my voice everywhere. This interview is giving me a voice. Interviews and events I have attended gave me a voice that is still loud as today. So if I am successful, I will use the means of media and events to continue to spread and ensure my voice is listened to.
What should people do to support you? (any links voting lines or miracles)
Thank you for asking this question.

To support my humanitarian platform, anyone can donate to http://diy.rescue.org/misscameroon. The funds will go to the International Rescue Committee. 
Anyone can vote for me via http://missafricaunitedstates.com/profile.php?cont=87  and for those residing in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia, please come and support me during the coronation of the new queen Sunday, November 13, 2011 at the Hilton Hotel of Silver Spring and the tickets can be purchased by going to the following link http://www.showclix.com/event/74526. 

It was a lovely chat with Ghyslaine, please make sure you turn out to support her and give her the chance to make a real difference. Good luck and talk to you again after the event

Thanks fabAfriq magazine for the opportunity to be featured in your lovely magazine

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