Posted On 28 Jul 2014
Miss Akwa Ibom, Iheoma Nnadi, a 19-year-old model based in South Africa, was on Friday night, in Bayelsa, crowned the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria for year 2014.
Iheoma came out tops among the 30 girls who represented 30 Nigerian states at the event which held at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
With her feat, Nnadi also won three million naira prize money, a saloon car and the opportunity to represent Nigeria at the Miss World beauty pageant holding in the UK later in the year. Miss Edo, Queen Celestine (22) was First Runner-Up and Miss Kwara, Chinyere Adogu (21) was the Second Runner-Up.
The First Runner-Up also won the ‘Miss Amity’ prize and will get to represent Nigeria at the ‘Miss Universe’ beauty pageant. While the Second Runner-Up, who also won the ‘Miss Charismatic’ prize will also get to represent Nigeria at the ‘Miss Tourism’ beauty pageant later this year.
Other winners of the night were Miss Kogi, Erica Nlewedim (20) who won ‘Miss Photogenic; Miss Delta, Fortune Woko (23) winner of ‘Best Traditional Costume’ and Miss Gombe, Precious John (22), adjudged the ‘MBGN Model 2014’.
The event was organised by the Silverbird Group and the theme for this year’s edition was, ‘The Art of Beauty’.
The contestants first appeared on stage in their Traditional Outfits at the invitation of the hosts of the event, IK Osakioduwa and Yvonne Ekwere. The hosts also revealed that in a bid to foster unity and encourage more interaction among states, that contestants would all be representing states other than theirs. Their next appearance on stage was in short red skirts and body-hugging shirts and performed a choreographed routine to the tune of Davido’s ‘Aye’. They next appeared in their Swim Wears before finally putting on their Evening Wears for the results.
First they were reduced by half and the contestants who made it into the Top 15 were those representing Bayelsa, Kogi, Ondo, Adamawa, Delta, Abuja, Kano, Edo, Imo, Anambra, Lagos, Kwara, Osun, and Akwa ibom. The contestant representing Plateau State, Josephine Oghonoghor (22) was voted in the Top 15 by viewers who participated through Social Media.
The Top Five were then selected and they were Miss Osun, Endurance Akpoyibo (23); Miss Abuja, Princess Dennar (20), Miss Kwara, Miss Edo and Miss Akwa Ibom before the winners were announced.
Speaking after winning the crown, Nnadi said that she was overwhelmed and that she never expected she was going to become the queen even though she was confident of herself. She promised to be a good queen and represent Nigeria honourably and responsibly at international events and throughout her reign.
The MBGN beauty pageant was founded in 1986 by Mr Ben Bruce of Silverbird Group and the immediate past queen was Miss Anna Banner who represented Bayelsa in 2013.
PIC: MBGN 2014, IHEOMA NNADI, AND MR NIGERIA 2014, EMMANUEL IKUBESE ,AT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN NIGERIA FINALS WHICH HELD AT THE GABRIEL OKARA CULTURAL CENTRE, YENAGOA, BAYELSA STATE, ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
PIC 2: MBGN 2014, IHEOMA NNADI, RECEIVES HER CROWN FROM PAST QUEEN, ANNA BANNER, AT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN NIGERIA FINALS WHICH HELD AT THE GABRIEL OKARA CULTURAL CENTRE, YENAGOA, BAYELSA STATE, ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
PIC 3: DIRECTOR, SILVERBIRD GROUP, GUY MURRAY-BRUCE WATCHES AS PAST QUEEN, ANNA BANNER CROWNS MBGN 2014, IHEOMA NNADI, AT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN NIGERIA FINALS WHICH HELD AT THE GABRIEL OKARA CULTURAL CENTRE, YENAGOA, BAYELSA STATE, ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
PIC 4: MBGN 2014, IHEOMA NNADI, FLANKED BY MBGN 2013, ANNA BANNER AND MBGN 2011, SYLVIA NDUKA (IN RED) AT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN NIGERIA FINALS WHICH HELD AT THE GABRIEL OKARA CULTURAL CENTRE, YENAGOA, BAYELSA STATE, ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
source: Chile Agunanna