Pamela Onyebuchi Uba is a 27-year-old Irish professional scientist and model. Originally from the Igbo tribe of Nigeria, Pamela was born in the Republic of South Africa, a country in the Southermost part of Africa and bordered by Zimbabwe and Eswati.
At the age of 8, Pamela and her Igbo parents left Johannesburg, South Africa, as asylum seekers for Ballyhaunis, County Mayo, Ireland, where she was bred and spent ten years in direct provision. A graduate of medical science and clinical chemistry from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and Trinity College, Dublin, respectively, she began her career by playing Gaelic football as a centre back before venturing into the modelling world.
Pamela is still the current titleholder of Miss Ireland as the 2022 edition is yet to hold. Shortly after winning the Ladies Day prize at the Galway Races, she won Miss Ireland last year, beating twenty 29 other contestants at the Miss Ireland final hosted in Cavan, Ireland, and making history as the first black woman to win the Miss Ireland competition. She also represented the Republic of Ireland at the 2021 Miss World Competition which took place on 16 March this year in Costa Rica, becoming the first black woman to represent Ireland at the Miss World competition.