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REDEEMER’S UNIVERSITY ALUMNA, MILDRED EHIGUESE, WINS MISS NIGERIA BEAUTY PAGEANT
By Adetunji Adeleye with Agency Report
Few days ago at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos State there was an echo of greatness as one of the daughters of Zion, an alumna of this prestigious institution who studied Psychology, Miss Mildred Ehiguese, aged 24, defied all odds to enter history book by emerging winner of the 41st edition of Miss Nigeria Beauty Contest.
Like Miss Munachi Abii, who won Miss Nigeria 2007(exactly a decade ago), who was a student of the Department of History and International Studies of Benson Idahosa University as at the time, carried Christ into the competition to achieve what looked seemingly impossible for someone with a Christian demeanor to accomplish in the entertainment space.
Her emergence was a proof of the statement of the poet William Wordsworth that the child is the father of the man or what the poet John Milton meant when he said “childhood shows the man as morning shows the day”. She was a precocious child who by the time she graduated from the university dreamt of changing the Miss Nigeria Pageant landscape through her representation and the intended pet project. She was consumed and propelled by a burning desire to use her pet project during her reign to cater for victims of rape and other survivors of child abuse in the country through empowerment.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after winning the coveted Miss Nigeria crown, Miss Ehiguese, who was until her emergence Miss Adamawa, dedicated her victory to her Lord Jesus Christ.
Ehiguese , an indigene of Edo State, stated that she would show her appreciation to God by living up to His expectations during her reign. “I am really overwhelmed and grateful to God for giving me this opportunity to serve. I promise to fulfill every promise I make during my tenure” .
She shed tears of joy as she was declared the overall winner out of the selected 10 finalists. She was crowned by the 40th queen, the 22-year- old Miss Chioma Obiadi, an advocate of “Green Girl Project, who was crowned in 2016.
The first runner-up position was won by Miss Delta, Rita Chinedu, while Anne Ufuomanefe, who represented Ondo State, emerged the second runner-up. Miss Sarah Ifidon, one of the 10 finalists, who represented Edo at the beauty pageant contest, said the competition was free and fair; it was a great experience being a part of it.
Miss Anambra, Lovella Eze, who was also eliminated at the final stage, told newsmen that the organizers had improved on the quality of programmes. “I must say that the organisers have improved on the quality of the programmes. “Though I was not among the first 10 that appeared for the final, I have had a good experience of what it takes to participate in a national competition of this magnitude,” she told newsmen.
Mr. Fidelis Anosike, the Chief Executive Officer, Daily Times Group, organizers of Miss Nigeria Pageant, while presenting the star prize of a salon car to Miss Nigeria, said all contestants would henceforth be rewarded. “In a bid to improve our performance, N4.1 million will be made available to the 37 finalists selected from over 50 contestants that applied. “ The reason is to ensure that every girl who took part in the project goes home with something, it is our way of empowering women beyond beauty,” he said.
According to the him, Miss Nigeria formed in 1957 with the Motto, “Empowering Women Beyond Beauty’’, is an annual beauty pageant that showcases positive attributes of the Nigerian women. Miss Ekiti, Bolarinde Rebecca won the top model award of the year following her exclusive moves during the show. Some of the judges include Joke Silva, Adebola Williams, Odio Oseni and Tara Durotoye.