The reigning Miss Asaigbo 2016, queen Ugwu Joy is currently in Kirikiri prisons in Lagos. Joy was remanded by a Yaba Magistrate court for alleged involvement in N7.5million fraud.
Police investigations revealed that Ugwu Joy had been an alleged serial scammer, duping innocent Nigerians through a visa racket and ponzi scheme.
She landed in police net after series of complaints from some of her alleged victims.
As a beauty queen of a pageant involving the core five Southeast states, Ugwu was seen as a symbol of the Igbo nation before her arrest, and was expected to model the defining character of the people- enterprise, industry and moral character.
And indeed, a little into her tenure, Ugwu Joy, the reigning Miss Asaigbo 2016, showed signs she meant business to live up to the billing.
SunNewsonline reports that the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Accounting student, who has been a lone wolf fending for herself since she lost her parents as a child, set up a foundation to care for the vulnerable and needy kids.
Speaking during an earlier interview, Joy Ogwu, the last in the family of three and native of Eha-Amufu in Isi-uzo Local Government area of Enugu State, said:
“I had lots of things that motivated me to go for the Miss Asaigbo pageant. First, to me, pageants are fun, sparkles, glitter and shine, also to gain more self confidence, make new friends and enjoy the prestige of wearing the crown in my community.
But most importantly, my motivation comes from using the platform to gain more awareness for my foundation, Feed the Poor and Orphan Initiative. Knowing firsthand how it feels growing up without parents, the passion for that kept me motivated and strong throughout the competition.
“My role model was my mum, though I was three-years-old when she passed on. The little memory and the stories I heard of her still make me smile when I remember them. She was a strong woman and made sure we didn’t go hungry kid, or stop schooling when my dad died, she’s and will always be my role model.
“Many pageant winners are focused on the girl child programmes already, my main focus now is not just the girl child, but every homeless, helpless and hungry kid on the street. They need to be shown love and I hope to be the gap between them and the rich that want to help, but don’t know how to go about it.”
As part of her humanitarian service, Joy recently visited the Enugu prisons where she celebrated her birthday, lavishing goodies on the inmates. According to her, she had decided to do more in her campaign to prevent youths from taking to crime.
“On my birthday, I visited the prisons with the goodies I got for them. Then, the warden officer gave me a tour and while he was at it, two boys were brought in and everyone started laughing and I asked why?
He explained that the boys were released just two days before, but were back, because all their friends and the love they could get was in the prison yard, as they had no one to show them love in the outside world when they were released.
So, they had to commit another crime in order to be brought back into prison. When I heard that, I froze. Imagine what love could prevent in our society? Crimes and hate will be reduced drastically if together we can make the world a better place,” Joy reasoned.