Photos: Miss University of The Bahamas Pageant
On March 9,” Nyisha Tilus (Miss Social Sciences) made history when she was crowned as the first ever Miss University of The Bahamas. Originally from Abaco, Nyisha’s humble beginnings reflect that she is a Bahamian of Haitian descent who grew up in the Mudd community.
However, as a determined, self-motivated young woman, Nyisha eventually went on to pursue a degree in psychology at the University of The Bahamas in 2013.
Truly, her story is one of humility, strength, perseverance and purpose that will inspire generations of young women to come.
“As I sit here still trying to wrap my mind around all that has happened, I’m in awe of how great God is. He has brought me a mighty long way and to not acknowledge that would be wrong,” Tilus expressed. “[I’m] amazed by the fact that the God I serve doesn’t call the qualified rather He qualifies the called, and I am thankful that He chose me to carry out His work.
“It is my hope that my story would be an inspiration to all to go out there and make it happen. It doesn’t matter where you start, but rather how you finish while staying true to yourself [and] putting God first and trusting His will for your life even when it may seem dim at times. So, I’d start by thanking God for without Him none of this would be possible.
“All of my mothers – it surely did take a village. My family, friends, supporters near and far – thank you! The University of The Bahamas, the amazing Miss UB committee, I appreciate all of you. All of the messages, calls, and posts thank you all so very much. However, let us not forget the bigger picture here: we are all called for a time such as this to be stewards of love and to be the light of our country.”
Nine contestants vied for the prestigious title of Miss University of The Bahamas, but it was Nyisha who was bestowed the honour of carrying the winning title. With her newfound victory in the pageant, Nyisha automatically earned a spot to compete in the Miss World Bahamas pageant and was she was awarded financial assistance with tuition, books and fees at the University of The Bahamas.
According to the pageant’s Web site, the mission of the Miss University of the Bahamas Leadership Pageant is to provide a positive opportunity for well-rounded young ladies who aspire to enrich and develop themselves through pageantry.
During the pageant, the judges’ criteria was based on the contestants’ introduction/speech on their platform; a Health & Lifestyle Segment; Evening Gown Segment; and Final Question and Answer Segment with topics ranging from university experiences to current world events and issues faced by young people.
Nyisha graduated from Abaco Central High School in 2009. Throughout her high school years, Nyisha acquired numerous athletic and academic awards including the Miss Fitness 2011 Award in the Miss Abaco Pageant.
In addition to becoming a 2013 Abaco Pathfinders Scholarship recipient, Nyisha acquired an acceptance letter and scholarship from Barry University, where she is expected to continue her studies after completing her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of The Bahamas.
Nyisha is the daughter of Jeffrey Cheramin and Nitta Guillaume of Dundas Town.