Last night, Saturday 18th September 2021, the annual Most Beautiful Girl In Nigeria Pageant took in Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos. Oluchi Madubuike representing Abuja took the top prize after a stiff competition that had some of the most beautiful and brainiest girls in Nigeria on the same stage.
Madubuike is not new to pageantry. In May, she represented Abia at Miss Nigeria USA 2019 at the Kumble Theatre in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Miss Oyo Funmike Lagoke won the award.
She is also not new to winning. The University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas, USA graduate was crowned Miss Africa Texas in 2016.
Oluchi Madubuike lives in Detroit, Michigan, United States.
Also in the final five were Miss Abia (Chineme Adaeze), Miss Bauchi (Lydia Okojie), Miss Anambra (Maristella Okpala), and Miss Bayelsa (Odjugo Mercy Jessica). Eyebrows were raised online seeing that Miss Ebonyi and Miss Lagos didn’t make the final five.
Miss Anambra placed second while Miss Abia placed took the bronze. Miss Bauchi would have made the final three but tensed, she faltered during the question section when asked the most effective ways to stay safe during covid-19.
To win, Miss Abuja was asked a question about women’s empowerment, specifically told by co-anchor Bovi to name an area where women need to be empowered and she “killed” it, as they said. Most of her words were drowned with cheers from the audience.
“I believe women are strong and when we put our mind to something we can achieve whatever we set our minds to,” she said. “I will love to empower women in the healthcare field.”
“As a nurse,” she continued, “I think it is imperative I continue to help women grow in the path of healthcare which is one of the single most important sectors in every country and if women are well-represented there, we will have low cases of black women feeling their values are negated.”
“I would like to be a role model to women that want to be in healthcare,” she closed and the cheering said it all. Oluchi won.
Senator Ben Bruce’s younger brother and pageant director, Guy Ben Bruce did the honours of announcing Oluchi as the winner.
Organized by the Silverbird Group and aired live on Silverbird, Oluchi is now eligible to represent Nigeria in the Miss World Beauty Pageant. The first runner up Miss Anambra would represent Nigeria at Miss Universe and the second runner up Miss Abia would fly the Nigerian flag at Miss Supranational.
The event didn’t hold last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The previous winner is Nyekachi Douglas from Rivers State.
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