Here comes Miss Nigeria USA pageant on Saturday

New York, Aug. 9, 2017 (TNE)  The 2017 edition of Miss Nigeria USA beauty pageant is to hold on Saturday in New York, the organisers of the annual beauty contest have said.

The Director of the Miss Nigeria USA pageant, Ms Joy Fakhoury, said on Tuesday in New York that 17 contestants are expected to participate.

The 16 finalists are Miss Abia, Abuja, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo and Rivers.

The winner of the fourth Miss Nigeria USA beauty pageant will walk away 10,000 dollars  in prizes, Fakhoury said.

Fakhoury said the mission of the pageant, which holds annually since 2014, is to display the richness and cultural values of Nigeria to the U.S. and the global community.

“Miss Nigeria USA title is earned through hard work and dedication, demonstration of self-confidence, beauty, intelligence and elegance.

“The mission is to find, appreciate and promote women with strong goals and interest in promoting the Nigerian culture and supporting causes related to education and women empowerment.

“The pageant is raising the profile of the Nigerian young women to expand their opportunities while illuminating their outer beauty and also to empower women by creating a forum and opportunity for competition among the most brilliant and beautiful women of Nigeria.”

According to her, the contest aims to empower young Nigerian women and support them towards achieving their individual goals as they promote their culture.

She said the pageant provides young Nigerian women the forum to share not only their platform and their talent, but the opportunity to express their views on local, regional, national and global issues pertaining to Nigeria.

It also provides opportunities to young women to represent Nigeria and its culture abroad, she added.

“We support the Nigerian culture by using this model of competition. This experience prepares them to accept life’s challenges and to produce role models who exemplify and promote positive values amongst Nigerians.”

The reigning Miss Nigeria USA is Lola Abeni Adeoye, a 2014 alumnus of the School of Communications at Howard University.

The 2015-2016 Miss Nigeria USA was Olutosin Itohan Araromi, a first generation Nigerian-American graduate of Montclair State University.

Miss Frances Udukwu, a first generation African-American with Nigerian parentage, was the maiden Miss Nigeria USA in 2014-2015.

Fakhoury said that the pageant provides young Nigerian women with opportunity for personal growth, fitness and self-expression, while emphasising the importance of doing one’s best while championing career goals.

“The Miss Nigeria USA is committed and passionate about giving back to non-profits in Nigeria, as part of our unique attributes, including scholarship to 30 indigent students in Abuja,” she said.

She said the pageant plans to work closely with non-profit organisations  that have exhibited continuous dedication towards women empowerment and also enhancing the education sector, especially in relation to making sure that the girl child has an opportunity to receive basic education. (TNE)

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