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champion Its as been a busy 2 months for Fatoumata since she was crowned , so we were therefore thrilled when her agent and Miss Nubian Pageant Director ,Jacqueline Wabara managed to schedule time out of Fatoumata’s very busy schedule for Calabash to interview her. Calabash: So Fatoumata, it’s been less than 4 months since you were crowned Miss Nubian UK 2011, how has the title changed your life ? Fatoumata: It’s truly been a journey and after winning I was so ecstatic! My life has been so much more interesting since, it’s given me the chance to be a more outgoing person who is not afraid to put myself out there. I’ve been able to meet new people and make new networks and learn new things about myself and about life in general! Calabash: What does the title mean to you? Fatoumata: The title gives a great opportunity to act as a spokes person for my country and allows me to promote Sierra Leone and highlight the issues that are closest to my heart; which are education and healthcare. The title gives me the chance to express my sense of identity and represents the pride that I have for my country. Calabash: How did you feel when your name was called out as the overall winner? Fatoumata: I had a mixture of emotions, from jubilation, to shock and then to euphoria all over again. I felt truly happy and I would love to live that moment over and over again. Calabash: You had to compete in several rounds during the Grand Finale. What were they? Fatoumata: There were 5 rounds which included, traditional, talent, evening wear and question and answer. My favourite round was the talent round. My talent was belly dancing and I had so much fun doing it. Calabash: How long have you been dancing for? Fatoumata: It’s quite a recent thing I was introduced to belly dancing at university when I auditioned for a part in a university talent show and was accepted. I’ve been interested in belly dancing since. Calabash: What round did you enjoy best and why? Fatoumata: Like I said before the talent round was my favourite; however I also enjoyed the traditional round as I got to wear one of my country’s most traditional wear, the raffia (a type of African tribal wear, most African countries have their own version of it ). It was quite unique because none of the other contests had [