From the very first pageant in 1957, Miss Nigeria has always represented the highest of ideals: a combination of beauty, grace and intelligence; artistic and refined. Since then, Miss Nigeria has been a role model to both young and old alike; a spokesperson using her title to educate millions of Nigerians on issues of importance to herself and the society at large.
In years past, pageantry was a family affair; which is why we seek to bring back the family-friendly competition, reminiscent of a time when opportunity came with responsibility and womanhood was held in the highest regard.
The Miss Nigeria Beauty Pageant is the only national pageant in Nigeria. Therefore, it forms a major part of our heritage showcasing beauty and the Nigerian woman. Both the Nation and the Competition share a special paralleling history. Miss Nigeria 1960, Rosemary Anieze was one of the many Guests of Honour at the Independence Day celebrations. As the nation held its first civilian national elections in 1964, showing the world that we could be governed autonomously. Miss Nigeria 1964- Edna Park also marked her own major milestone for the country by being the very first Miss Nigeria to participate in the prestigious Miss Universe Competition; an honour that brought great pride and faith in our nation’s relationship with the rest of the world.
Miss Nigeria attracts young female participants who are great patriots for their country. These outstanding young ladies will be judged on poise, intelligence, cultural values as well as beauty; qualities that every family would be proud to see their daughters, sisters and mothers possess. In order to promote decency as well as integrating the diverse belief systems of our people, the Miss Nigeria Beauty Pageant has eliminated the swimwear segment. We recognize that ours is a unique historic project, and that is why she will uphold the ideals of our Nigerian culture, and yet be able to relate in today’s global village, while merging both traditional values and our modern way of life.
This will be a pleasure and an honour for any young Nigeria lady with a dream. The new queen will be a ‘Queen Ambassador’. She will indeed, be the true essence of Nigerian womanhood.