Lagos, Dec. 22, 2017 (TNE) The newly-crowned Miss Nigeria, Mildred Ehiguese, said that her main priority will be to cater for victims of rape and other survivors of child abuse in the country through empowerment.
Ehiguese, 24, said this after she emerged the overall winner out of the 41 finalists that contested for the coveted position in the early hours of Friday.
She also said that “my victory is the Lord’s doing’’.
The 41st Miss Nigeria was until her emergence, Miss Adamawa and a graduate of Psychology from the Redeemers’ University in Ede, Osun.
Ehiguese , who hails from Edo, said that she will show her appreciation by living up to 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 said.
The new beauty queen dressed in the Fulani traditional attire said her project will be to provide medical and psychological help and empowerment opportunities to victims of rape and survivors of other abuses.
Ehiguese shed tears of joy when she was declared the overall winner out of 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 went to 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, 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, said the organizers have 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 said.
Mr Fidelis Anosike, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Daily Times Group, organisers of Miss Nigeria pageant, while presenting the star prize of a salon car, said all contestants will 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 CEO, 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.