NATION

Menon Coming To Terms With Title Win

  Newly-crowned Digicel Bula Queen Ashika Menon is still coming to terms with her status after winning the title on Saturday night at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. “I know
31 Jul 2017 11:00
Menon Coming To Terms With Title Win
From left, Konal Bently, Miss Bula Queen Ashika Menon and her sister Lovey Bently at their residence in Martintar, Nadi on July 30, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

 

Newly-crowned Digicel Bula Queen Ashika Menon is still coming to terms with her status after winning the title on Saturday night at Prince Charles Park in Nadi.

“I know that when I stood up on that platform I had made my school proud, my parents, family, friends and most importantly my sponsors 2day FM,” the 18-year-old Sangam Sadhu Kuppuswamy Memorial School Year 13 pupil said.

The Agricultural Science student said she was still adjusting to her achievement, but gave credit to the support from her family, friends and community.

“It is hard to let the news sink right away. I guess it will take time and I think tomorrow I will be more excited than when I was crying on the stage.”

Ms Menon regards her older sister Lovey Bently as her mother, after being raised by her when their mother left.

“I think growing up and being the only child brought up by my wonderful parents that actually groomed me to have a passion for children and being their voice, standing up on stage and speaking on their behalf out there.”

Her immediate goal now is to finish school and get good grades in her Year 13 exams.

“To pass my Year 13 examinations with flying colours, get a job and actually work to towards being an ambassador for charity in the future to help children,” she said.

Mother, Mrs Bently said she was proud of the achievement.

“As a mom, I think every mom would want their daughter to win,” Mrs Bently said.

“To us last (Saturday) night was amazing. When she started her rehearsals and everything, I knew she would be on the top, but this was an icing on the cake.”

She said each girl who took part had their own special talent in their unique kind of way.

“My challenge is that Ashika is actually my baby sister. My husband and I are her parents. Our mum had her own plans and when she left, my husband and I started being her parents when she was five,” she said.

“The bond between me and her is the sisterly love.”

Mrs Bently’s and her husband Konal who is of Rotuman descent did their best to raise her.

“When she entered this pagent she said ‘I’m part Rotuman’ and I said to her ‘You are not part Rotuman’ and she said ‘I don’t care what people think, but I’m part Rotuman.’

“She was brought up amongst the Rotumans and her dad is part Rotuman.

“When she entered this pageant she would not have done it alone. wIt was this entire people behind it and so we are so grateful with all the support we have,” Mrs Bently said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback: wanisean@fijisun.com.fj

 

Subscribe to E-Edition
pacific island top up
Air Nuigini
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: