Ola Odejayi, a senior biomedical science main from Lagos, Nigeria, and Ayana Brown, a junior accounting main from British Columbia, Canada took house the Mr. & Ms. Worldwide crown April 15. Photograph by Breanna Biorato.
In its fourth 12 months working, Ms. and Mr. DSU Worldwide 2021 have been introduced as Ola Odejayi, a senior biomedical science main from Lagos, Nigeria, and Ayana Brown, a junior accounting main from British Columbia, Canada.
The primary runner-up titles had been awarded to Duy Huynh, a junior pc science main from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, and Camila Andrade, a sophomore movie main from Ibarra, Ecuador.
Within the expertise portion of the occasion, the eight contestants (4 Ms. DSU Worldwide individuals and 4 Mr. DSU Worldwide individuals) carried out every part from conventional dances to stand-up comedy.
Odejayi gave a vocal efficiency and performed the keyboard whereas main the viewers in a call-answer-style interactive Nigerian tune. Brown, who’s half indigenous, sang her tribe’s anthem with a drum accompaniment and danced in a standard ladies’s jingle costume. Even DSU’s Raging Purple made a cameo look whereas the votes had been being tallied up.
After being topped as the brand new Mr. DSU Worldwide, Odejayi stated the general expertise was heartwarming and he beloved each minute of it.
Odejayi stated: “I needed to get comfy being uncomfortable, in order that’s my factor. I don’t like staying in my consolation zone, so after I heard about it, I used to be like screw that, I’m going to do it. And growth, right here I’m, the winner.”
Brown ran for Ms. DSU Worldwide two years prior and stated she had a lot enjoyable then that she needed to attempt once more this 12 months.
“Being a global scholar in America is tough, however with the ability to signify all the gorgeous nationalities that we’ve on campus is so wonderful,” Brown stated. “I simply really feel like I’ve been capable of attain out, so I really feel like I’ll be capable of assist extra worldwide college students attain out, as effectively.”
Tosha Onani, assistant director of Worldwide Scholar Companies, stated the showcase gives an outlet for worldwide college students to spotlight their nation in addition to their interior selves. This 12 months’s showcase was additionally notably particular as a result of it’s the primary 12 months that each Mr. and Ms. DSU Worldwide had been held on the identical date.
“This has been one thing we’ve carried on every year with Ms. DSU Worldwide within the fall throughout Worldwide Schooling Week and Mr. DSU Worldwide within the spring throughout the Worldwide Pageant,” Onani stated. “Nonetheless, as a result of COVID, we had been unable to have this occasion throughout each spring and fall of 2020. Because of this, we’ve determined to carry each Mr. and Ms. DSU Worldwide concurrently this semester.”
This 12 months’s showcase additionally featured the brand new means of the winners being chosen by the judges in addition to the viewers in a 60/40 cut up, with members of the viewers voting on their telephones.
Brown emphasised the significance of getting concerned in occasions throughout school, particularly as a global scholar.
“I consider that participation is the important thing to success,” Brown stated. “I actually consider that being on campus and being concerned will assist form your life.”