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Adamawa Queen emerges Miss Nigeria

Adamawa state queen, Mildred Ehiguese, has emerged as the new Miss Nigeria at the beauty pageant concluded on early on Friday at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island in Lagos State.

Ehiguese replaces Chioma Obiadi who represented Anambra state.

The pageant’s organiser and publisher of The Daily Times of Nigeria, Mr Fidelis Anosike, had said that he is using the show to define the Nigerian woman.

Miss Nigeria, formed in 1957 with the Motto, “Empowering Women Beyond Beauty’’, is an annual beauty pageant show which showcases positive attributes of Nigerian women and awards university scholarships.

The winner portrays exemplary qualities and serves as a role model for young women in the country. The pageant is organised by Daily Times Nigeria (DTN).

The current title holder is a Geology student of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and former Miss Earth Nigeria Chioma Stephanie Obiadi, who represented Anambra.

The journey to this year’s finale started in November when auditions were held in three cities of Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Lagos within over a one-week period.

From personal photography sessions from Studio 24, using cool photo props, there were also monopoly games and passion project activities to keep the ladies entertained with refreshments.

The auditions started at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja on Nov. 7 with an impressive turnout of contestants from the Northern region who showed up for a chance to become the next queen.

The contestants were judged by George Okoro (Photographer and Lifestyle Magazine Publisher), Adama Indimi (CEO Reign by Adama Lashes), Ogugua Okonkwo (CEO Style Temple) and Andy Ogbechei (Creative Director, A-Squared Network).

They served as the guest judges at this phase of the auditions, accompanied by Enyinne Owunwanne (CEO, Times Multimedia – organisers of the Miss Nigeria pageant).

The team moved to Port Harcourt on Nov. 9 to receive contestants from the South-South/South-East region at the Echelon Heights Hotel, before heading to Lagos where the audition was held at the Times Multimedia, Lagos Headquarters.

From there, the 37 semi-finalists were announced in a special Instagram Live Session, setting the stage for Thursday’s grand finale.

The boot-camp ended on December 18, after which the girls went to Ilorin to meet the first ever Miss Nigeria, 86-years-old Mama Grace Oyelude.

NAN reports that in 2005, Anosike, young and bustling, took over a decapitated Daily Times and set out to revamp the vintage legacy of the publication.

He has since set his sights on rewriting the story of Miss Nigeria and graft in new chapters filled with hope, dignity, and value.

“For us, Daily Times, Miss Nigeria is one and the same,’’ Anosike said on Tuesday, shedding light on what Nigerians should expect,” he said on Tuesday in Lagos.

“The show is going to be the premier platform that the company’s products, services, and different people can use to connect to every woman.

“Every woman is a queen. What we’ve been doing over the past 10 years is to get the Pageant to metamorphose into what it should be.

“This year, we are going from strength to strength. Every state has got its own representative. And it’s also important to note that Miss Nigeria is 60 years old having been founded in 1957.

“This year, we are also able to do a proper boot-camp; all the semi-finalists met with several prominent Nigerians, including the Director-General of The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), who is the purpose-partner for this year’s pageant.

“This year’s Miss Nigeria will be crowned as the ambassador for Human Trafficking, and she will spend her time and energy working with NAPTIP to raise awareness about the ills of human trafficking and try as much as possible to contribute her quota to ending the illicit trade.

“We also had a couple of top women personalities who went into the boot-camp to talk to the girls.’’

Anosike said that Miss Nigeria had been fully restored to its original intent, which is to be a platform for young female empowerment in Nigeria,

“We want to use it to raise the voices of women. We believe that every Miss Nigeria will also take on these issues, raising the voices of women, especially as it relates to issues around the environment.

“We have very solid partnerships with over 30 media houses and everybody has now come to understand that this is a national pageant and not a beauty pageant,’’ he said.

On plans to balance the moral debauchery associated with beauty pageants, Anosike said about the content of Miss Nigeria that “it’s all about communication, about purpose; it is about people understanding that this is a platform for female empowerment.

“Every woman is a queen — mothers are queens, sisters are queens. This epitomises ‘queenship’. Miss Nigeria is supposed to be a role model for young women.

“What we are doing is building a purpose into the show, so, it is beauty and brains. The idea is to be able to inspire young women.

“We don’t do all those beauty pageant stuff where they go onstage and take off their clothes.

“We don’t commoditise women. Miss Nigeria has stopped that a long time ago. And that’s one of the reasons why we don’t send anybody to Miss World or Miss Universe because they go there and do all these kind of things.

“Miss Nigeria focuses on issues that affect Nigerian women; she is an ambassador of culture, of purpose, of the environment. We want her to focus on the Nigerian people,’’ he said.

The publisher of The Daily Times of Nigeria said that Miss Nigeria did not need any validation from anywhere, adding that she did not need to go outside to win anything. It’s a national brand, not a beauty brand.

“The girls have their calendars planned and we have partners that will keep them busy because we want them to have a purpose. Going for international beauty contest is a colonial mentality.

“Queens don’t compete, they reign. You can’t say you are Nigeria’s Queen and go outside and be competing with other people.’’

On the challenge in organising the event, Anosike said it was the struggle to recreate the show’s purpose.

“The basic challenge we had was to be able to recreate the purpose for which this pageant was founded in 1957,’’ he said.

“Now, we have got it right; and we know this because of the responses we are receiving. We have people entering from Zamfara; from Kano.

“It’s going to be a beautiful show. We are trying to make the show like the Oscars, so it will be a fusion of fashion, beauty and everything good about Nigeria.

“The contestants have to know about the states they are representing. We also want to use this to help to promote our history and heritage. We must be proud of who we are.

“Nigeria has come of age; we’ve seen what people have done in the music industry. That’s the kind of inspiration that we want to draw on.’’

Anosike also said that when the pageant started, then, contestants were required to post their photographs to the Times headquarters in Lagos, before the finalists were shortlisted and invited to compete at the Lagos Island Club.

He said it was the premier pageant in the country, and was a powerful medium which empowered several young Nigerian women, and inspired the country as a whole.

The pageant was hosted by Bovi, Ebuka, Olive Emodi and Lala Akindoju; and 2face Idibia is set to perform.

NAN

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Computer villages groan as online shops snatch sales

Business at major computer villages is no longer boisterous as increase in online trade is taking the large cut from N1.5 billion daily devices sale revenue from their grip.

Some officials of the market in Lagos who spoke with Daily Trust said though traders from different parts of the country and from parts of West Africa still visited and transacted business in the Otigba Computer Village in Lagos, the frequency had since reduced due to patronage of online shops.

READ MORE AT: https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/computer-villages-groan-as-online-shops-snatch-sales.html

 

Ambode’s wife challenges women on creativity

The Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, on Wednesday urged women to embrace creative and innovative entrepreneurship skills to achieve sustainable development within the family and communities.

Mrs Ambode made the call at a news conference in Lagos ahead of the 17th Conference of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials.

She said that women as helpmates were uniquely created and endowed with skills to impact positively on the family, environment and society.

According to her, such skills can be extended to all facets of human endeavour.

“You will agree with me that women are blessed with creative skills that out of very little she creates something and she can even transform the little created to something bigger and better.

“Empowered women can become not only wage-earners but also job-creators and this is imperative for eradicating poverty in our nation.

“We, therefore, call on women who wish to make a difference for themselves and their families to adapt to new challenges and keep up with the changing times.

“This they can do by using whatever vocational skills they have to improve their economic status.

“We are also calling on government at all levels to invest in women’s economic empowerment to spur growth and development in the country,’’ she said.

Mrs Ambode said that the three-day conference, starting from Oct. 24 to Oct. 26 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, has as its theme: `She Creates, She Transforms.’

The governor’s wife said that Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, Wife of the Vice President, would declare the conference open, while other renowned facilitators would examine issues on women empowerment in the country.

NAN

Tuface insists protests’ll go on in Lagos, Abuja

BARLEY 24 hours after the Lagos State Police Command vowed to stop the planned protests against bad governance being convened by Tuface Idibia, the famous Afro-Pop artiste has vowed to go on with the exercise.

    The event which was earlier scheduled to hold in Lagos only would also hold in Abuja on February 6, 2017. Tuface, who made his insistence known on his Instagram account, said the events being organised on the platform of the 2Face Foundation, would commence at 8: am in Lagos and 9: am in Abuja.

    2face

    In a move indicative that the protests tagged: One Voice, One Nigeria were explicitly about Nigeria, interested participants were asked to put on green attires. Yesterday’s post to the effect that the protests would go on, was on the heels of a similar notice by a civil society organisation, Enough Is Enough, EiE.
    Tuface said the protests were meant to sensitise the Nigerian authorities over the increasing hardship in the country.
    The insistence by Tuface generated so many comments on his Instagram account from would-be protesters, who maintained that the grinding hardship in Nigeria made the protests inevitable.
    As of the time of filing this report, the social media was abuzz with comments against the plan to stop the protest.
    Instructively, those, who questioned the reasons adduced by the Police, insisted that it was the responsibility of the law enforcement agency to maintain law and order during the exercise.
    Even a few, who were less sympathetic to the protests, reminded the Police that the right to protest was inalienable.
    While dismissing the reasons given by the Police, others pointed at past protests which held in the country without being stopped by the law. The State Police Commissioner, Mr. Fatai Owoseni had said that Tuface lacked the capacity to contain the kind of crowd the protests would attract. “We know that Tuface does not have the capacity to contain such a crowd and we will not fold our hands and watch while things go out of hand,” he said last Wednesday.
    Instructively, Section 39 of the 1999 Constitution granted the freedom of expression, including the right to be heard and to disseminate information.
    Section 40 provides the freedom of association while Section 38 gave Nigerians the right to freedom of movement and peaceful assembly.
    Meanwhile, the Presidency, yesterday, said it was not against the right of Nigerians to stage peaceful protests. This was made known by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Mr. Laolu Akande.
    What the law says about public protest

    Disclosing this on his Twitter handle, he said: “This administration will not prevent Nigerians from expressing themselves in peaceful protests, it is a fundamental right of the people. No government has ever laid out the kind of Social Investment Programme the Buhari government is now running across the nation that will touch millions.”No ban on peaceful protests — Presidency

    Source: vangaurd