The 40th Miss Nigeria Beauty Pageant was held on Monday 19th December, 2016 at Eko Hotel and Suite, Victoria Island Lagos with excitement heralding the winner, Miss Chioma Obiadi from Anambra State. According to reports, the yearly event started in 1957 when the first Miss Nigeria was hosted and has continued to produce outstanding role models to the young ones.
In the past years, pageantry was a family affair which seeks to bring family-friendly competition and the opportunity to be a role model. The Miss Nigeria Beauty Pageant formed a major part of showcasing the cultural heritage of the Nigerian woman. Those that have held the position had developed to be role models in the society and provided the needed mentorship for the young ones.
Another thing to note in the competition is the elimination of Swimwear segment and replacing it with more refined cultural attire. This was done to uphold the uniqueness and ideals of Nigerian cultural heritage. The spectacle also provided a platform for empowering the participating young girls and helping women to improve their social status.
The 2016 pageant, however, lived up to expectations as the celebrities from the entertainment industry and other important dignitaries thronged the venue, Eko Hotel and Suites. It is also noteworthy that this year’s pageant coincided with the winner of the maiden edition of the Miss Nigeria, Mrs Grace Oyelade’s birthday.
Mama Oyelade clocked 88 and was honoured with a birthday rendition by all the guests at Miss Nigeria 2016. In his speech, former Governor of Ogun State and former Editor and Managing Director of Daily Times, Olusegun Osoba, lauded the organisers for keeping the show alive. “I must commend the organisers for keeping our memories alive, we would have been the forgotten ones save this event. This is a pageant that was supervised by us when I was the editor in Daily Times and I thank God that the memories are still fresh.”
“We also thank God that the winner of the first edition of the beauty pageant is here with us and she has yet to lose all the qualities she possessed that time. She is 88 years today, I pray that I will still look good as she is when I reach that age, on,” he said. The event also had popular Television Comedian, Ayo Makun (AY) and Laila on stage cracking jokes to entertain the guests.
The 38 contestants from the Federal Capital Territory and the 36 states made their first appearance in their respective traditional attires and also danced to a song by Omawumi to honour the newly crowned Oba of Benin. Their third appearance was in their evening dresses after which the judges announced the top ten finalists. Afterwards, the contestants were reduced to five and then three, and the winner of the 40th Miss Nigeria Beauty Pageant, Miss Chioma Obiadi from Anambra, Miss Blessing Obila from Ebonyi was second, while the third place winner is Miss Shade from Kwara.
Speaking with journalists at the event, the first runner up and a graduate of Public Administration from Akwa Ibom State University, Obila, expressed happiness being the first runner-up. “I feel very happy and it has been a great experience for me. I believe God has a plan for me by taking me this far. I know being the first runner-up comes with responsibilities and discipline and I believe God will help me to discharge my duties as expected,” she said.
“I will like to do community work and contribute to the society at large. Tonight has been a wonderful one. “My plan for the future is to start my own business. I want to be an entrepreneur,” she said. Miss Nigeria 2016 won for herself a brand new SUV, one year serviced apartment, all expense paid trip to France, a 6 month skills acquisition training in any institution of her choice and N5 million cash prize. She would also represent Nigeria at the Miss Universe Contest next year.
Reno Omokri Writes Open Letter To BBNaija Enthusiasts
Reno Omokri has written an open letter to BBNaija enthusiasts.
In his letter, the former presidential aide asked ardent followers of the reality TV show to campaign for their businesses as much as they campaign for housemates who do not know them.
His letter reads
‘’Dear #BBNaija enthusiasts,
You see how you campaign for that housemate? Good. Campaign for your success like that. Instead of selling a housemate you don’t know and who does not know you, to me, use that time and energy to sell a product you can profit from to me. Do not be afraid of business or think that it is wrong to make a profit. It is not wickedness for lions to kill and eat antelopes. It is life’s natural order. Don’t be sentimental in business. Set your price competitively. Make your profit. Don’t exploit customers. But dont cheat yourself. A lion that does not kill will itself be killed!’’
A review Of Tiwa Savage’s Water & Garri EP
Nigerian multiple award-winning artist Tiwa Savage returns with a brand new extended play “Water & Garri. This comes less than a year after the release of her critically acclaimed third studio album “Celia”.
Water & Garri, a five-track body of work features Grammy Awards winner and veteran rapper, Nas, singer Brandy, the Nigerian underground artist Rich King and Alte singer and soul music stunner, Tay Iwar.
Since her return to Nigeria in 2012, Tiwa Savage has raised the bar for female artists. She embodied the almost frowned on sex symbol attribute in the music industry, her music is filled with flirting words and expressions. No wonder when she called herself African bad gyal, no one disputed the assertion.
Garri is a staple food among Nigerians, water is used to take or make Garri. The title as used in this context refers to her mashed style and global collaboration. She sticks to her heartfelt style in the course of making this album.
Tiwa Savage infused Rnb/Soul with Afro-fusion. The end product is a 19 minutes run of music with themes detailing heartbreak, love, hard work, perseverance, etc.
Nas and Rich King were on the opening track “Work Fada”, the pensive and reflective song preaches hard work and perseverance with Nas almost going preachy in his thought-provoking verse.
The six minutes long track is the perfect opener to the avarde garde album, who opens an EP with this type of lengthy play? Only Tiwa Savage could do such, the theme is distinct and it’s a well-calculated risk.
In 2016, Tiwa Savage’s marriage with talent manager Teebliz hit the rock. Five years later, she seems set to speak her truth. She reveals a little on the Interlude on her last album—Celia. On Water & Garri, Tiwa Savage dedicates two tracks to that ugly incident.
Ade Ori is a soft-light take on past relationships/marriage. She is now independent while she is hopeful about future handling. The lyrics drip with pain and regretful lines.
Tale by Moonlight was a popular weekly storied program on national television. Tiwa Savage details her fairy tale love expectations on this soulful 90s house music. Even though she flirts and gushing about the guy, she is cautious. Amaarae’s whispery vocals compliment Tiwa Savage’s flirt takes.
Seven years ago, American artist Brandy visited Nigeria. At a press conference before her performance at Classic FM Valentine show, she revealed she loved Tiwa Savage’s vocals, she liked it to a 14-year-old. Unknown to her, Tiwa Savage considered the Grammy Winner her role model and one of the reasons she is into music.
When they finally collaborate on “Somebody’s Son”, it is a perfect blend of two songstresses.
They complement one another, Brandy even sings in Yoruba. This track is one of the up-tempo songs on the EP. Its production is filled with Drums and mellow strings. Somebody’s son retains the themes of Ade Ori: it pleads for reciprocal love.
Tay Iwar and Tiwa Savage jointly closed the EP with a rollercoaster of deep expressive expressions. The horn-filled disco makes it sounds like a potential track for a Friday night out.
Veteran producer Pharell Williams called this project a classic but the fans failed to realize his caveat of it not becoming commercially viable. Tiwa Savage is unbothered if her recent promotional talks are anything to go by.
Water & Garri explores Tiwa Savage Rnb/Soul forte with an infusion of Afro-fusion, the EP is a dart between hope and despair. The production is pristine, however, the songwriting is underwhelming.
The featured artists almost overshadowed her. Although it’s obvious that this project is destined for the international market, the collaborations could have been lesser.
Wizkid Makes History As ‘Essence’ BeComes Most Shazam Song In US
Nigerian singer, Wizkid has made history in the United States.
The Grammy award-winning superstar made the history with his hit single ‘Essence.’
The 31-year-old father of three registered his name on the book of musical history when ‘Essence’ was announced the most Shazam song in the United States of America.
Apple-owned Shazam, through its Instagram account, announced Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ as the most Shazamed song in the country.
The app, which is used to identify music and TV shows by listening to a short sample of their audio, posted a pictured Wizkid with the caption: ”Big Congrats to @wizkidayo!! #Essence is now the most Shazamed song in the United States.”
- Sports4 days ago
Aisha Buhari Cup: FIFA, CAF Presidents Grace Kick-Off, Falcons Win 2-0
- Sports5 days ago
Youth Basketball Festival Has Discovered Talents – Coach
- Editorial4 days ago
That Desecration Of NDA
- Politics4 days ago
Perspective On NASS 2% Budget Spending
- Rivers4 days ago
KYC Alleges Sabotage Over Trans Kalabari Road
- Niger Delta4 days ago
C’River LG Staff Protest Unpaid Salaries
- Sports5 days ago
Former Kenya’s Minister Pays Fine, Skips Jail
- Niger Delta4 days ago
Jonathan Wants NARD To Suspend Strike