Miss Nigeria is an annual pageant show which showcases positive attributes of Nigerian women and awards university scholarships. The winner portrays exemplary qualities and is a task model for young women within the country. The maiden edition happened in 1957, 3years before Nigeria;s independence and 41 other editions have happened between now then .
Grandmother, Grace Atinuke, born November 16, 1931, is understood to be the primary ever Miss Nigeria, having won the pageant — also the maiden edition — in 1957. Though she is originally from Kogi State, Ma Oyelude was born in Kano to James Adeleye Olude and Marthan Dantu, who both hail from Isanlu, present day Kogi State. The story of how she became the primary Miss Nigeria is as fixed as her enigmatic personality, even in her latter years.
Miss Nigeria started in 1957 as a photograph contest, whereby contestants posted photographs of themselves to The Daily Times headquarters in Lagos. Finalists were shortlisted, and successful finalists were invited to compete within the live final at the Lagos Island Club.
Then, the Miss Nigeria contest didn't include a swimsuit competition.
Then, Oyelude was performing at UAC when she represented the then Northern region. After winning the competition , she travelled to England where she studied Nursing. Within months of gaining admission to the varsity of Nursing in Ashford, she was crowned Miss Nigeria.
She tells her story: “I was living in Kano then. My brother saw the advertisement within the newspapers and advised me to travel to Lagos for an interview to be selected as a Miss Nigeria contestant.
“He applied, and therefore the result was that i used to be alleged to be in Lagos for the Miss Nigeria contest.
“I was working within the UAC then, and that they also were also involved within the pageant.
“The following day, they got me on a plane to Lagos which was it.”
Oyelude currently holds the chieftaincy titles Iyaolu of Isaluland and Iyalode of Okunland. She has many grandchildren.
More recently, precisely on July 16, 2018, her ebullient nephew and a Professor of English at Carleton University within the us , Pius Adesanmi, posted a photograph of the gracefully ageing Grandma Oyelude.
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In reference to Nigerian Queens, Miss Nigeria Nyekachi Douglas became an online sensation during the Miss World 2019 pageant for her heartwarming reaction after losing the title. After Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh was named Miss World, Douglas jumped up and down and did a cheerful dance as she congratulated and hugged her friend.
If you tuned in to the Miss World 2019 pageant just seconds after the winner was announced, you'd have probably thought that Miss Nigeria took home the crown.
Nyekachi Douglas, 21, let loose an excited yelp, jumped up within the air, and did a touch happy dance because the new Miss World was called.
The winner was actually her friend, Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh. But Douglas' reaction captured hearts everywhere the planet .
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