7 questions, with Onyanta Adama: Miss Nigeria 2011 contestant & LBS MBA Student

Onyanta Adama is an MBA student at Lagos Business School (LBS) and team leader of Ripple, one of the teams shortlisted in this year’s FT MBA Challenge with UK charity World Child Cancer. Before attending LBS, she was a contestant at the Miss Nigeria 2011 beauty pageant. Beauty and brains? We caught up with Onyanta to ask a few questions about life after the beauty pageant amongst other things…


What has life after the beauty pageant been like? did you gain weight, get married? any kids yet? or do you own your own charity?
Life after the Miss Nigeria Pageant has been exciting. I did some tv and print advertising, I worked with a television production company that produced tv commercials, tv shows and audio production. I will say I gained some weight off and on, but I do love exercising so when I see I’m gaining weight then I hit the workout scene full force…LOL
You’re currently an MBA student at the prestigious Lagos Business School. How did that happen? Beauty and brains huh?
I was awarded an academic scholarship to any higher institution I could get admitted into, sponsored by Shell. I applied to Lagos Business School, wrote the entrance exam, got interviewed and I got in. I presented my admission later to Shell, and here I am, running my MBA.
Hold up, you’re not only a student, you are the lead on a multinational team that is taking on the Financial Times MBA challenge. Can you tell us what that is all about?
I am the team Leader of team Ripple. We are an international group of 8: 2 members in Germany, 1 in the United States and 5 in Nigeria (LBS). The challenge is an annual event organized by the Financial times inviting MBA students and Alumni to consult on problems faced by Financial Times (FT) seasonal appeal partners. My team was tasked with creating a business plan that would ensure that Ghana remains self sustainable in treating childhood cancer. This years seasonal partner is World Child Cancer (WCC). The winner will be announced in October.

Trick question: we know the LBS MBA is rigorous, how do you keep your weave intact?
It is all about time management and drive. I came into the program because I wanted it, and when I want something I’m like a dog with a bone, I wont let go. So I do my part by studying and letting everything else take its course. But all work and no play is no fun, so I also like to be involved with activities outside the class room to avoid running crazy. I joined Toastmasters of which I’m the President of the club, I also joined ABC and I play volleyball as well.
Did you have to let go of some personal fashion and style choices? Have you switched to dull business greys or you’ve been able to balance business school with being fashionable?
I definitely had to leave a lot of my fashion behind. At first, no matter what I did I wasn’t meeting the LBS criteria, but I will say I’m getting the hang of it.
Heel or flats?
Heel, heels, heels…all day, every day!
D’banj or Bez Idakula?
Bez of course. He has raw talent.