Asha Naomi Frank - Miss Antigua and Barbuda
I was born in Leicester in the UK on the 26th January 1989 and first came to live on Barbuda when I was three years old. I stayed here until I returned to the UK to go to secondary school at the age of fourteen; this was before Sir McChesney George School was built and there wasn't a secondary school here - everyone stayed at Holy Trinity! My mum is from England and my dad is Barbudan. I have one brother - Prince, and a sister Afiya.
I went to Low School, then to Holy Trinity where I was a Young Leader, was in the choir, took part in Spellbound on tv and was in the Youth Rally. I did well at school and won several prizes including the Most Disciplined Student. In the UK I achieved my GCSE's and went to university in London to do Caribbean Studies and History - I wrote my dissertation on the history of the Barbudan people's land. I was a Student Ambassador at university to encourage other youth to stay in education.
After this I came back to Barbuda - I always wanted to return home - and was lucky enough to get a Antiguan government educational scholarship to go to Cuba to study Spanish, along with other young Barbudans who studied Medicine, Languages and Childhood education. I then became a teacher at Sir McChesney George Secondary school - teaching history.
In May 2015 I entered the Miss Caribana Queen competition and to my surprise I won, winning a brand new car. After that I went on to take part in Miss Antigua Barbuda in June and was delighted to be the winner of that competition too. I was then entered into Jaycees where I came second to Miss Montserrat. The support I had from my Barbudan island family on this journey was amazing - I feel very proud to represent Barbuda. I would have liked to win Miss Universe for Barbuda too...!
My favourite drink is the Coconut Crush from Big Banana!
My favourite food - this is really difficult - but top must be Ducana with conchs and chop up.
My favourite place is Palmetto beach when there are those very big waves.
My message to young Barbudans is this - even though opportunities here are limited it is up to us youth to make a difference. Educate yourselves and give something back to your country.
Thanks Asha, for this interview. Good luck with whatever you do next.