Miss Evelyn Onyejuruwa (own-yeh-joo-roo-wa), commonly referred to as “Evelyn O.”, is a Nigerian native raised in South Florida. As Miss Nigeria Florida 2011-2012, Evelyn strives to encourage cultural awareness and actively make a transformative impact beyond her local community. Her platform includes uniting the African & American nations by exhibiting an unwavering devotion to sharing her heritage. These missions prompted the establishment of Ankara Miami, Inc. in August of 2011. As Founder/CEO of the South Florida based event planning company, her primary focus is on “Redefining African Cultural Trends” by promoting other progressive people and trends within the African Diaspora.
February 2015 introduced the expansion of Ankara Miami, Inc.’s signature, red-carpet event from Ankara Fashion & Cultural Show to Ankara Miami – Florida’s FIRST African Fashion Week. Aside from featuring even more talent from Africa, the Caribbean, and throughout the United States, Ankara Miami, Inc. looks forward to creating additional buyer/investor relationships and networking opportunities for both established industry professionals and aspiring newcomers.
Evelyn has actively served within various non-profit community organizations, locally and nationally, including the Miami & South Broward Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, The Urban League of Broward County Young Professionals Network, and Board Chair for the Owen Walker Jr. Foundation, Inc. – an organization focused on equipping, educating, and empowering our youth to become future leaders. She has been recognized by the Federation of African Student Leaders for their Outstanding Community Service Award, named as one of South Florida Business Journal’s South Florida’s “People on the Move”, awarded by Legacy Magazine as one of its 2013 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today & Tomorrow, and honored by Florida United for Nigeria and the Nigerian American Foundation for contributions to the African Community at Large, Youth Empowerment, and Cultural Development. She was most recently awarded The Community Ambassador Award by the Miami-based Diaspora Arts Coalition for leadership, support and impact on South Florida’s artistic, educational, and cultural landscape.
Evelyn is an entrepreneur, community leader, and game changer in the Miami fashion & cultural arts arena. Through Ankara Miami, Inc., she has heightened the awareness of the African culture in South Florida on a local, national and international platform.