23- year- old Queen Ubah from Imo State has emerged Nigeria’s Centenary queen. Ubah with her dazzling beauty, poise, gait and excellent display of brilliance and knowledge of Nigeria beat others from the 35 states of the Federation and the Diaspora to wear the coveted crown at the pageantry which held in the bowel of the Cultural Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State last Friday. She was crowned as the winner and queen that will reign for the next 100 years by a former beauty queen and Creative Director, AOE Events, Chief AdenikeOshinowo. Contestants at the keenly contested pageant include-ChiomaIbezim 25, Anambra, ZuleihatMamman, 22, Plateau, Roots Odutolan 20, Ogun, MaryjaneNweje 21, Abia, EleojoMomoh 21, Niger, EbosiogweItseuwa 22, Edo, NkemkaOnuokoro 23, Ebonyi, Shade Olalere 20, Oyo, Joy Ezennajiofor 23, Jigawa, DamilolaAkinfosile 20, Kwara, Justina Clement 24, Ruth Cobham 20 Cross River, ChidimmaObasi 21 Kano, EtudgoMajovo 22, Delta, AdokiBiobelemoye 24, Rivers, AgbajeAdetomitomilola 22, Osun, Grace Ujebe 20, FCT, ifeyinwaOsadebey 25, Zamfara, ImoruIyanu 21, Ondo, Madonna Chike, 20, Kaduna, Blessing Oyaluna 21, Lagos, Esther Obasi 22, Katsina, TessyOtozi 22, Nassarawa, Anna. Akpala 23, AkwaIbom, OUEEN UBAH 23, Imo, ChinezeEgbe 23, Borno, Priscilla Okafor, 21, Kebbi, NgoziIbe, Sokoto, Wendy Ebubedike 23, Bauchi, Cathrine Martins, 22, Gombe, PhebeUguozor, 20, FolushoAdeworan, 22, Diaspora, Rabi Hassan, 20, Adamawa, Tina Nworgu, 25, Benue.

The various contestants wore traditional wears, did a choreography in a dance of veils which erupted the hall. The event anchored by the duo of TV hostess, WunikaMukan and fashion designer, Mai Atafo, drilled the contestants while soul singer, TimiDakolo serenaded the audience including the state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, Director- General of the Bayelsa Tourism, Mrs EbiziNdiomu Brown, Silverbird Group’s Executive Director, Guy Murray-Bruce and other dignitaries. The panel of judges was a parade of competent hands in beauty and fashion led by Hon. Mrs. Mary Obi, Maureen IkemOkogwu-Irokwu (Sunny Rose), Bimbo Johnson of Main Events and Campaigns, Trevor Henry, Arik Air AVP Global, Sales and Distribution and the current Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN). After the first elimination by the judges, 10 contestants continued the race before five of them emerged. The five successful contestants were: Miss Imo, Miss Cross River, Miss Anambra, Miss Ogun and Miss Oyo. The contest finally took a direction when two among contestants were dropped and the race opened to three, namely Miss Cross River, Miss Ogun and Miss Imo. The suspense heightened and many hopes raised and dashed as the second runner- up, Miss Cross River was announced, followed by the first runner-up, Miss Ogun. The decision of the judges and the announcement by Oshinowo that delectable Queen Ubah from Imo has emerged the winner of the Nigeria’s Centenary’s Pageant was greeted with a thunderous hail of joy and acceptance from the audience. As she was being crowned, tears of joy rolled down her cheeks. The queen took a bow and in her emotion-laden acceptance speech, she expressed her gratefulness to the organisers, especially the host state, Bayelsa and the Executive Governor of the State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson.

Queen also acknowledged the beauty in other contestants and promised to be a good representative. The unique platform, allows for the queen to win a crown for life. The queen will also have the opportunity to work under the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, she will also promote a cause under the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, such as female genital mutilation, fistula, breast feeding, girl child education, poverty alleviation, skills acquisition and maternal health. As the centenary, Queen Ubah will be expected among other functions promote Nigeria, and use the platform as a Youth Ambassador to inspire Nigerian youth.

The pageantry, unique in all ramifications would go down in history with all the unprecedented perks– full ride scholarship to any institution of high learning anywhere in the world, monthly income for the rest of the winners for life, luxury car every five years for the rest of the winner’s life. The Nigeria’s Centenary Pageant was sponsored by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Arik.

Am so so happy for my darling friend Queen….Glad she made it. Go girl!!!

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