Miss Universe Canada 2020
Dynamic, resilient, persistent, and full of life, this is how those who know her best would describe Nova. However, asked to describe herself, Nova would emphasize resiliency and the power of faith in being able to change your circumstances. After her family fled a brutal civil war in South Sudan, Nova was sent alone to Canada at age 6 to be able to have a better life. Leaving behind her mother in a UN camp in South Sudan and her father and siblings in Ethiopia, Nova uses her new chance at life in Canada as a driving factor to one day reunite her family. Nova recently got her mother out of the UN camp, after 7 years of being there due to the war in South Sudan.
Nova has an affinity to the screen and has made appearances on productions in the film industry in Vancouver. Her love of acting shines when she lights up on camera, be it while she is acting or modelling. Her stature and beautiful smile are gifts that both industries seek and her ability to maneuver both industries with ease is a dynamic characteristic that requires a high level of emotional intelligence and discipline, as both are very demanding both physically and mentally. She is a creative being able to express herself in art and by movement getting the opportunity to work internationally in Fashion Week across the globe.
Nova is a co-founder and one of the spokespersons for ‘Freedom March Vancouver’ and ‘Black freedom society’ whose mission is to eradicate hate and racism experienced by black and indigenous people of colour in our world today. On August 1st, during their Emancipation Day march, Nova and Shamika announced that they had the city of Vancouver declare August 1st as Emancipation Day with an official document signed by the Mayor of Vancouver Kennedy Stewart.
By the young age of 15, with the help of the Youth Transition program in Alberta, she had already forged a life for herself, living independently, finishing school and learning the importance of guidance for youth. At age 18 she earned the manager position for the program because of her maturity and her drive to give back. Being separated from her family and growing up without her parents in Canada, Nova is acutely aware of the importance of fostering healthy development of children and youth from all walks of life. While continuing to work towards reuniting her family, she is continuously looking for opportunities to serve young Canadians as she is so grateful for the opportunities that being Canadian has given her.