Transgender Nigerian woman Veso Golden Oke, age 25, is competing in a beauty pageant in Ghana alongside other women.
By Mike Daemon
In Africa, trans people are subjected to frequent abuse and discrimination on the basis of their gender identity. Yet Oke, a model who lives openly as a trans woman in Ghana, has been allowed by the organizers to compete in the 2019 edition of the Miss Europe Continental, occurring this month in Ghana.
She is now officially recognized as the first trans woman allowed to openly compete in a mainstream beauty pageant in Africa. If she wins the competition in Ghana, then she’ll be chosen to represent Ghana at the Miss Europe Continental, which will take place in Italy.
Oke who has the support of her parents, currently works in Ghana as a mentor for female models, some of whom have won pageants.
Many people who do not understand what it means to be trans think that Oke is gay, but in a previous interview with NoStringsNG, Oke removed any doubts about that:
“I have never been gay. I am a woman from childhood. I have always thought, dressed and walked as a girl and sometimes when I was much younger I prayed before going to bed that by morning God should transform me into a girl,” she said.