The outgoing Miss Nigeria, Chioma Obiadi, from Anambra state on Friday topped her successor, Miss Mildred Peace Ehiguese, from Adamawa because the 41st Miss Nigeria.
The ceremony was the height of the 60th anniversary of Miss Nigeria magnificence pageant grand finale in Lagos.
The pageant’s organiser and writer of The Daily Times of Nigeria, Mr Fidelis Anosike, had mentioned that he’s utilizing the present to outline the Nigerian lady.
Miss Nigeria, shaped in 1957 with the Motto, “Empowering Women Beyond Beauty’’, is an annual magnificence pageant present which showcases optimistic attributes of Nigerian girls and awards college scholarships.
The winner portrays exemplary qualities and serves as a job mannequin for younger girls within the nation. The pageant is organised by Daily Times Nigeria (DTN).
The 2016 holder is a Geology pupil of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and former Miss Earth Nigeria Chioma Stephanie Obiadi, who represented Anambra.
The journey to this 12 months’s finale began in November when auditions have been held in three cities of Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Lagos inside over a one-week interval.
From private images classes from Studio 24, utilizing cool picture props, there have been additionally monopoly video games and fervour venture actions to maintain the women entertained with refreshments.
The auditions began on the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja on Nov. 7 with a powerful turnout of contestants from the Northern area who confirmed up for an opportunity to change into the subsequent queen.
The contestants have been judged by George Okoro (Photographer and Lifestyle Magazine Publisher), Adama Indimi (CEO Reign by Adama Lashes), Ogugua Okonkwo (CEO Style Temple) and Andy Ogbechei (Creative Director, A-Squared Network).
They served because the visitor judges at this part of the auditions, accompanied by Enyinne Owunwanne (CEO, Times Multimedia – organisers of the Miss Nigeria pageant).
The group moved to Port Harcourt on Nov. 9 to obtain contestants from the South-South/South-East area on the Echelon Heights Hotel, earlier than heading to Lagos the place the audition was held on the Times Multimedia, Lagos Headquarters.
From there, the 37 semi-finalists have been introduced in a particular Instagram Live Session, setting the stage for Thursday’s grand finale.
The boot-camp ended on December 18, after which the women went to Ilorin to fulfill the primary ever Miss Nigeria, 86-year-old Mama Grace Oyelude.
NAN studies that in 2005, Anosike, younger and bustling, took over a depressed Daily Times and got down to revamp the legacy of the publication.
He has since set his sights on rewriting the story of Miss Nigeria and graft in new chapters stuffed with hope, dignity, and worth.
“For us, Daily Times, Miss Nigeria is one and the same,’’ Anosike said on Tuesday, shedding light on what Nigerians should expect,” he mentioned on Tuesday in Lagos.
“The present goes to be the premier platform that the corporate’s merchandise, providers, and completely different individuals can use to hook up with each lady.
“Every lady is a queen. What we’ve been doing over the previous 10 years is to get the Pageant to metamorphose into what it ought to be.
“This 12 months, we’re going from power to power. Every state has bought its personal consultant. And it’s additionally essential to notice that Miss Nigeria is 60 years previous having been based in 1957.
“This 12 months, we’re additionally in a position to do a correct boot-camp; all of the semi-finalists met with a number of outstanding Nigerians, together with the Director-General of The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), who’s the purpose-partner for this 12 months’s pageant.
“This 12 months’s Miss Nigeria will likely be topped because the ambassador for Human Trafficking, and she’s going to spend her time and vitality working with NAPTIP to lift consciousness in regards to the ills of human trafficking and check out as a lot as potential to contribute her quota to ending the illicit commerce.
“We additionally had a few prime girls personalities who went into the boot-camp to speak to the women.’’
Anosike mentioned that Miss Nigeria had been totally restored to its authentic intent, which is to be a platform for younger feminine empowerment in Nigeria,
“We wish to use it to lift the voices of girls. We imagine that each Miss Nigeria may even tackle these points, elevating the voices of girls, particularly because it pertains to points across the atmosphere.
“We have very stable partnerships with over 30 media homes and all people has now come to know that this can be a nationwide pageant and never a magnificence pageant,’’ he mentioned.
On plans to steadiness the ethical debauchery related to magnificence pageants, Anosike mentioned in regards to the content material of Miss Nigeria that “it’s all about communication, about goal; it’s about individuals understanding that this can be a platform for feminine empowerment.
“Every lady is a queen — moms are queens, sisters are queens. This epitomises ‘queenship’. Miss Nigeria is meant to be a job mannequin for younger girls.
“What we’re doing is constructing a goal into the present, so, it’s magnificence and brains. The concept is to have the ability to encourage younger girls.
“We don’t do all these magnificence pageant stuff the place they go onstage and take off their garments.
“We don’t commoditise girls. Miss Nigeria has stopped that a very long time in the past. And that’s one of many explanation why we don’t ship anyone to Miss World or Miss Universe as a result of they go there and do all these form of issues.
“Miss Nigeria focuses on points that have an effect on Nigerian girls; she is an envoy of tradition, of goal, of the atmosphere. We need her to concentrate on the Nigerian individuals,’’ he mentioned.
The writer of The Daily Times of Nigeria mentioned that Miss Nigeria didn’t want any validation from wherever, including that she didn’t must go outdoors to win something. It’s a nationwide model, not a magnificence model.
“The ladies have their calendars deliberate and we’ve got companions that may hold them busy as a result of we would like them to have a goal. Going for worldwide magnificence contest is a colonial mentality.
“Queens don’t compete, they reign. You can’t say you’re Nigeria’s Queen and go outdoors and be competing with different individuals.’’
On the problem in organising the occasion, Anosike mentioned it was the battle to recreate the present’s goal.
“The primary problem we had was to have the ability to recreate the aim for which this pageant was based in 1957,’’ he mentioned.
“Now, we’ve got bought it proper; and we all know this due to the responses we’re receiving. We have individuals coming into from Zamfara; from Kano.
“It’s going to be a fantastic present. We are attempting to make the present just like the Oscars, so it will likely be a fusion of vogue, magnificence and all the pieces good about Nigeria.
“The contestants should know in regards to the states they’re representing. We additionally wish to use this to assist to advertise our historical past and heritage. We have to be pleased with who we’re.
“Nigeria has come of age; we’ve seen what individuals have completed within the music business. That’s the form of inspiration that we wish to draw on.’’
Anosike additionally mentioned that when the pageant began, then, contestants have been required to publish their images to the Times headquarters in Lagos, earlier than the finalists have been shortlisted and invited to compete on the Lagos Island Club.
He mentioned it was the premier pageant within the nation, and was a robust medium which empowered a number of younger Nigerian girls, and impressed the nation as an entire.
The pageant was hosted by Bovi, Ebuka, Olive Emodi and Lala Akindoju; with 2face Idibia performing.