A Florida A&M University (FAMU) graduate has clinched the title of Miss Black Florida and will be competing for the title of Miss Black USA in Gambia, West Africa in May 2008.
Eunice Cofie, daughter of Nathan and Victoria Cofie and a Tallahassee native, was crowned Miss Black Florida after an extensive interview process in July.
According to Cofie, being a FAMU graduate will give her a competitive edge.
“I believe FAMU prepared me to be a leader, a business woman and to think outside of the box,” she said. “As well as, develop a strong sense of loyalty to my community; locally, nationally, and globally. All traits Miss Black USA should possess.”
Cofie graduated in the Class of 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry/molecular biology. As a student, she was the president of the Student National Medical Association for two years, and spent her summers in Ghana, West Africa, implementing the Save a Million Lives HIV/AIDS Prevention program.
Being in Africa gave Cofie the opportunity to work alongside physicians and medical students in a grassroots effort to provide services to rural village communities.
“It was there that I realized my true passion is medicine and one can make an impact in another's life,” she said.
Cofie has been so inspired by her experience that she is currently writing a book on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa entitled If AIDS Could Talk.
The Miss Black USA pageant mission to support young African-American women in pursuit of their dreams and empower their communities is what lured Cofie to the pageant. With her title, Cofie hopes to promote her platform on the childhood obesity and diabetes epidemic across the state of Florida.
“Many do not understand how obesity and diabetes amongst children is a growing epidemic,” Cofie said. “I would like to bring awareness to the masses about the issue and empower children to take a proactive role in living a healthy lifestyle.”
Besides winning the title of Miss Black USA Cofie hopes to pursue a career in medicine. Currently, she is hard at work conducting research and coordinating a childhood obesity and diabetes prevention program called Project H.E.A.L.T.H. (Health Education and Life Transforming Habits).
Cofie has some big shoes to fill, but it is nothing she cannot handle.
“I am assured that no matter where I am in life, I will succeed because of the training I received from FAMU,” she said.