Unoaku Anyadike’s curiosity to find the cause of menstrual pains in most women exposed her to a new field of knowledge and the study of Endometriosis.
She is the Winner of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Pageant, MBGN hosted in Calabar about five days ago and prior to her new status she had told the audience how she would stimulate campaign on climate change, starting from her state Anambra.
However on Wednesday, in an exclusive chat with Interactive and New Media Crew of the Silverbird Television, Anyadike opened her passion to save children and women from pains and agony of ill-health.
Accompanied by the first runner-up, Miss Ebonyi, Debbie Collins (Miss Universe) and the MBGN Model, Miss Borno, Oluwadamilola Hassan, the trio were of the opinion that no project could supersede the one that would care for life.
Though the MBGN 2015, Anyadike had contacted the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Maduabuchukwu Obiano to work out the modalities for the climate change campaign and of course how to tackle the problem of gully erosion in the state, her mind has remained glued to caring for girls with menstrual pains.
“I have experienced it before and it was when I was searching for what could have caused it that I stumbled on Endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a disease in which tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside it. The main symptoms are pelvic pain and infertility. Nearly half of those affected have chronic pelvic pain, while in 70% pain occurs during menstruation. Pain with sex is also common. Infertility occurs in up to half of women affected. Less common symptoms include urinary or bowel symptoms. About 25% of women have no symptoms. Endometriosis can have both social and psychological effects.
Anyadike noted that many ladies are suffering from these diseases and because of lack of awareness, they thought it was ordinary menstrual pains. “Many women have become infertile as a result of this. I will be championing the campaign to create awareness for these diseases to enlighten the public and the medical sector about this disease.”
To her, there is need for every woman who is suffering from menstrual pains to see a doctor because the pain might be a symptom of endometriosis. “Beyond Climate Change, this is an area I will focus on,” she said.
To Debbie Collins, Miss Ebonyi who will be contesting for Miss Universe, taking care of kids has been part of her life. “I grew up in South Africa with my parents where I worked for a Non-Governmental Organisation that regularly visited hospitals to care for little children.”
She will be bringing the idea to Nigeria and in collaboration with MBGN 2015, Collins said that patients, especially kids in Nigerian hospitals need care, love and service around them and that is what she would be providing.
“I realise that these little children on hospital admission need people around them who can bring out their creativity, who can show them love. They get healed with love and I’m going to do a lot of this,” she explained.
Collins’ faith is strong and she showed it by repeatedly calling on the name of God. “I had faith that I could in MBGN 2015. I prayed and I wanted to win but God redirected everything for me to emerge first runner-up and of course Miss Universe contestant,” she said.
Miss Borno, Hassan is the MBGN Model 2015, she shared the same view with Anyadike and Collins but her strength lies in her coordinating ability.
She would be working to bring together all 37 MBGN 2015 contestants for a bigger project in Nigeria. “There is no history where all MBGN contestants came together again to lead a project. This time, I will be doing that for those who are ready and willing to participate. It is a dedication to save life of kids who could not afford hospital bills.
It is going to be a corrective measure and campaign to help little children, according to Hassan.