Peace Chinyere Amadi- Miss Nigeria in America 2007

On October 13th, 2007 at the 3rd Annual Miss Nigeria In America beauty pageant held at the Cullen Performance Hall in Houston, Texas,, it was Ms. Peace Amadi who beat out 13 other beautiful, intelligent, and talented girls vying for the coveted crown. Peace entered the pageant a 24-year-old graduate student pursuing her doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D) at Azusa Pacific University. But on that day, she walked away as Miss Nigeria in America 2007. While the pageant had come to end, Peace’s work had only begun.

A former graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Chinyere Peace Amadi is a 4th-year graduate student in the Doctorate of Psychology program (Psy.D.) at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. One year from internship and graduation, Peace is excited to move on to her next chapter of her life. Her professional aspirations include opening up a private practice and establishing a community clinic in which quality psychological services are provided to financially-burdened families, couples, and children. She has already visualized this clinic - its colorful walls, inspiring quotes, and friendly atmosphere - and plans on making it a place where healing begins as soon as you walk through the door. In line with her professional development, Peace is going on her 5th year of working as a counselor at St. Raphael, a school in South Central Los Angeles. She serves a predominantly lower-class, African/African-American and Hispanic population in the roughest part of the city. As her students come to her with a various problems, Peace finds fulfillment in offering hope and helping them take control of their lives. 

Though she was no stranger to community service and volunteer work, her year as queen opened up new avenues of strength and ability, new passions and convictions, and most importantly, a new found sense of responsibility for her community both here and in Nigeria. Some of her most memorable works include spending Thanksgiving & Easter cooking for and serving the many residents of PATH Homeless Center in Los Angeles, creating/conducting the first-ever Diabetes Awareness Week at St. Raphael School, and spearheading a diabetes awareness campaign in which she organized "Team Nigeria" a team of individuals who fundraised over $3,000 and rode 15 miles in the American Diabetes Association - Tour de Cure. Her work with diabetes was especially meaningful as it is a disease that has affected her own family members and has taken a toll on her Nigerian community.

Since her reign, Peace has continued to align herself with causes important to her, and serve those less fortunate. In December of 2008, she returned to PATH and organized a Christmas party for PATH - Los Angeles where she and her selfless team cooked traditional Nigerian dishes and other Christmas favorites for 90+ homeless residents. Song, dance, laughter, and even tears made the night absolutely unforgettable. Peace has also supported other homeless and hunger causes by volunteering her time with L.A. Foodbank sorting food donations to be distributed to the hungry. In January of 2009, Peace followed President-elect Obama's call to service and honored the National Day of service by choosing to volunteer with the American Red Cross, creating care packages for military troops and their families. While she doesn't support war, she maintains utmost respect and admiration for those who make sacrifices for this country. As fate would have it, Peace happened to join the same assembly line as 1st Lady Michelle Obama and had a chance to chat and share sentiment about the joys of serving. It was the most memorable and emotional 5 minutes of her life! In April of 2009, Peace conducted the 2nd annual Diabetes Awareness week at St. Raphael, solidifying the importance of this new program to the faculty and students. She plans to create, copyright, and distribute a diabetes awareness manual so that the school can continue to educate its students long after she's gone.

Perhaps most excitingly, Peace is currently building up her own non-profit organization coined Project W.H.O.L.E that aims to address physical, emotional, educational and other needs of vulnerable populations. She is blessed to be working with a diverse and dynamic team of individuals who are L.A. based, yet represent Africans in the diaspora. As such, Project W.H.O.L.E. does not ignore the hungry and otherwise needy in Los Angeles, yet can never abandon the children of Africa. As Peace & her team tackle the details of their first project, she can't wait to say more. But she expects that the project, once officially launched, will speak for itself.

Finally, Peace owes all of accomplishments and successes to God. He is her guide, her shield, and her strength. She also feels extremely blessed to have such a beautiful & supportive family including her esteemed parents - Dr./Rev. Gilbert Amadi & Pastor Debbie Amadi - who pastor a church in Ontario in which Peace leads the worship team and organizes the youth ministry and her her younger siblings Ndidi, Alfred & Chinedu who she loves for making her laugh all day, every day. Like they say - Laughter is the best medicine!

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