Adamawa state queen, Mildred Ehiguese, has emerged as the brand new Miss Nigeria on the magnificence pageant concluded early on Friday on the Eko Hotel and Suites , Victoria Island in Lagos State.
Ehiguese replaces Chioma Obiadi who represented Anambra state.
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 girl.
Miss Nigeria, fashioned in 1957 with the Motto, “Empowering Women Beyond Beauty’’, is an annual magnificence pageant present which showcases constructive attributes of Nigerian ladies and awards college scholarships.
The winner portrays exemplary qualities and serves as a job mannequin for younger ladies within the nation. The pageant is organised by Daily Times Nigeria (DTN).
The present title holder is a Geology scholar of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and former Miss Earth Nigeria Chioma Stephanie Obiadi, who represented Anambra.
The journey to this yr’s finale began in November when auditions had been held in three cities of Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Lagos inside over a one-week interval.
From private pictures periods from Studio 24, utilizing cool photograph props, there have been additionally monopoly video games and fervour challenge 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 develop into the subsequent queen.
The contestants had 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 section of the auditions, accompanied by Enyinne Owunwanne (CEO, Times Multimedia – organisers of the Miss Nigeria pageant).
The crew 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 had 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 full of 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 folks can use to connect with each girl.
“Every girl is a queen. What we’ve been doing over the previous 10 years is to get the Pageant to metamorphose into what it needs to be.
“This yr, we’re going from power to power. Every state has received its personal consultant. And it’s additionally necessary to notice that Miss Nigeria is 60 years previous having been based in 1957.
“This yr, we’re additionally in a position to do a correct boot-camp; all of the semi-finalists met with a number of distinguished 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 yr’s pageant.
“This yr’s Miss Nigeria shall be topped because the ambassador for Human Trafficking, and she is going to spend her time and power working with NAPTIP to lift consciousness concerning the ills of human trafficking and take a look at as a lot as doable to contribute her quota to ending the illicit commerce.
“We additionally had a few high ladies 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 need to use it to lift the voices of ladies. We consider that each Miss Nigeria will even tackle these points, elevating the voices of ladies, particularly because it pertains to points across the setting.
“We have very strong partnerships with over 30 media homes and all people has now come to know that it is a nationwide pageant and never a magnificence pageant,’’ he mentioned.
On plans to steadiness the ethical debauchery related to magnificence pageants, Anosike mentioned concerning the content material of Miss Nigeria that “it’s all about communication, about function; it’s about folks understanding that it is a platform for feminine empowerment.
“Every girl is a queen — moms are queens, sisters are queens. This epitomises ‘queenship’. Miss Nigeria is meant to be a job mannequin for younger ladies.
“What we’re doing is constructing a function into the present, so, it’s magnificence and brains. The concept is to have the ability to encourage younger ladies.
“We don’t do all these magnificence pageant stuff the place they go onstage and take off their garments.
“We don’t commoditise ladies. 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 ladies; she is an envoy of tradition, of function, of the setting. We need her to give attention to the Nigerian folks,’’ 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 exterior 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 preserve them busy as a result of we would like them to have a function. 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 exterior and be competing with different folks.’’
On the problem in organising the occasion, Anosike mentioned it was the wrestle to recreate the present’s function.
“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 received it proper; and we all know this due to the responses we’re receiving. We have folks coming into from Zamfara; from Kano.
“It’s going to be a lovely present. We are attempting to make the present just like the Oscars, so it will likely be a fusion of trend, magnificence and every thing good about Nigeria.
“The contestants should know concerning the states they’re representing. We additionally need to use this to assist to advertise our historical past and heritage. We have to be happy with who we’re.
“Nigeria has come of age; we’ve seen what folks have finished within the music trade. That’s the form of inspiration that we need to draw on.’’
Anosike additionally mentioned that when the pageant began, then, contestants had been required to publish their images to the Times headquarters in Lagos, earlier than the finalists had 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 ladies, and impressed the nation as a complete.
The pageant was hosted by Bovi, Ebuka, Olive Emodi and Lala Akindoju; with 2face Idibia performing.