The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Pageantry has been in place since 1986. It is organized by the Silver Bird Group with the intention of selecting beauty queens who’ll represent Nigeria in the international Miss World Beauty Pageant. It was originally formed as Miss Universe Nigeria in 1983 but was renamed MBGN in 1986. So far so good, a lot of Nigerian girls have succeeded in holding the title of one of the Most Beautiful Girls in Nigeria at one time or other. It takes a lot of head-to-toe beauty for one to emerge a winner in this competition.
Check out below 4 Women from Rivers State That Have Won Most Beautiful Girl In Nigeria (MBGN) titles:
1. Nike Oshinowo
Nike Oshinowo, born 1966, is a Nigerian talk show host, entrepreneur, former pageant director and style icon.
Oshinowo was raised in Ibadan and England, where she attended boarding school. Although she had intended to become an air hostess or a doctor, she studied Politics at the University of Essex. Shortly after obtaining her degree, Oshinowo, who was mentored by former Miss Nigeria Helen Prest-Davies, represented Rivers at the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant and became its first Yoruba winner, she was crowned in 1990, but reigned through 1991. Her victory as the "Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria" was attended by controversy from the audience and journalists who covered the event. Rumors in the press circulated that the contest was rigged in her favor. Towards the end of her reign, Nike in an interview with a soft-sell magazine, attempted to squash the rumor by stating that Prest-Davies had no hand in her MBGN victory.
After her reign which saw her compete at Miss World, Oshinowo featured in a commercial for Venus cosmetics and hosted a fashion and beauty show on Nigerian television. Her business ventures included an African restaurant and Skin Deep, a health and beauty spa which ran for seven years before it was sold after she decided to create her own range of beauty products for the Nigerian market. On January 17, 2010, she released the workout video Nike Oshinowo: Fit, Forty and Fabulous - the first celebrity fitness DVD produced in the country - and is currently working on the beauty products which will include fragrance, skincare, and haircare.
In 2010, after a six-year attempt, Oshinowo finally bought the Miss Nigeria franchise from former organisers Daily Times, and became chief executive and creative director of the pageant. As of 2012, she is no longer in charge, but is now working on another pageant in which the winner will reign for a hundred years.
In 2014, Oshinowo launched her talk show Late Night with Nike Oshinowo on AIT.
Oshinowo, who is fluent in five languages including Japanese and French, married medical doctor Tunde Soleye in 2006, but the couple are now divorced. In 2009, the couple were in the news following a lawsuit instituted by Soleye's ex-wife Funmilayo, who claimed that he had been unfaithful with Oshinowo during their marriage. In 2013, she spoke of her struggle with endometriosis which has plagued her since boarding school by age 13, and at the age of 47 she became the mother of twins via surrogacy in America.
2. Matilda Kerry
Matilda Kerry is a public health physician. She founded the George Kerry Life Foundation in 2007 and has since set up community-based cervical and breast cancer awareness and screening programs which have screened 8000 women, provided pre-cancer treatment and educated over 100,000 families free or at highly subsidized rates. Her vision is equitable health services for all women in Africa.
She attended Federal Girls College, Benin. She studied Medicine and Surgery at the University of Lagos.
In 2000, she was crowned Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria , making her Nigeria's Miss World 2000 representative. In 2001, Matilda crowned the well known Agbani Darego as the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2001 and Agbani Darego went on to become Miss World 2001 later that year. She worked as a model between the year 2000 and 2006.
After her reign, Kerry graduated from the University of Lagos in 2006, and now practices medicine, specializing in Community medicine. She is president of the George Kerry Life foundation, a foundation that gives awareness about non – communicable diseases (NCD's).
She is part of the Young African Leaders Initiative - YALI, a flagship program of President Barack Obama and was a Mandela Washington fellow in 2016 where she joined 1000 other young African leaders in Washington DC for the Presidential summit in 2016, strategizing on moving Africa forward.
She holds a masters of public health, is a member of the West African College of Public Health physicians and a Sexuality Leadership Development Fellow.
3. Agbani Darego
Agbani Darego is a renowned model from Nigeria who shot to international fame after winning the Miss World pageant in 2001. She succeeded famous Indian actress Priyanka Chopra to win the crown thus becoming the first native African diva to achieve the feat.
In 2001, Darego was crowned Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria. Contrary to popular belief, Darego did not replace Valerie Peterside after the latter was dethroned as she had competed in rival pageant Miss Nigeria. A few months later she was a contestant at Miss Universe, and became the first Nigerian to place among the top 10 semi-finalists, finishing seventh overall. She was the only top ten contestant to wear a modest maillot as opposed to a revealing bikini during the swimsuit competition.
In November that year, she became the first indigenous African to claim the Miss World title Past winners Penelope Coelen and Anneline Kriel , both of South Africa , are of European descent, and Antigone Costanda , who represented Egypt in 1954 is of Greek heritage. Darego's victory was widely welcomed in her home country, and her one-year tenure included goodwill trips and scheduled appearances on behalf of the pageant, and an MFR.
Born in Lagos and brought up in D-line, Nigeria, this ravishing beauty lost her mother at an early age. A student of Computer Science and Mathematics, Agbani aspired to be a model. She took part in the ‘Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria’ competition in 2001 and won the title which paved her way for that year’s Miss Universe and Miss World beauty pageants. Although she ended up seventh in the Miss Universe contest, she became the first Nigerian beauty to be among the top ten semi-finalists. Her moment of glory came when she won the Miss World title that year. Such international fame and recognition earned her several modelling assignments with big brands like Macy’s, Avon, and Target. She cracked a modelling deal with Donald Trump's management and a three year contract with L'Oréal. The ensuing years saw her career burgeon with modelling assignments, featuring in several magazines, working with renowned designers and photographers and judging several beauty pageants and modelling contests.
4. Nyekachi Douglas
Nyekachi Douglas is a Nigerian model and winner of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2019. The 23-years old Rivers-born model is one of the youngest to have ever won the crown.
Before contesting for the position, Nyekachi had also participated at the Arise Fashion Week that was held earlier this year.
At the 2019 Arise Fashion Week, she worked with popular designers like Papa Oppong, Lanre DaSilva, Odio Mimonet and many others.She has also worked with top models like Naomi Campbell.
Nyekachi Douglas was born on the 28th of May, 1998 in Florida, U.S.A to Nigerian parents. Even though born in the United States, Nyekachi still makes out time to visit Nigeria. She had her primary, secondary and tertiary education in Tampa, Florida.
Nyekachi Douglas discovered her love for modelling while in school and despite her background, represented Rivers state at the 2019 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) beauty pageant.
Nyekachi Douglas started as a freelance model before being discovered by a modelling agency. She recorded one of her milestones as she walked for Amalia Probowo at the 2017 New York Fashion Week.
The 21-year-old model also participated at the Arise Fashion Week that held earlier this year where she worked with various brands like Papa Oppong, Lanre DaSilva and Odio Mimonet.
She also got the opportunity of working with top English model, actress, Naomi Campbell.
Nyekachi was crowned the MBGN in 2019 year as she represented Rivers state at the beauty pageant. After the contest, which was themed, “Every Woman” and held at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Bayelsa State, she was rewarded with a brand new car among other gifts.
Nyekachi Douglas represented Nigeria at the the Miss World beauty pageant contest which was held in the United Kingdom. She reached the top five at the Miss World - losing out to Jamaica's Toni-Ann Singh - and gained the title Miss World Africa.
In addition, she became the first Nigerian to reach top five at the Miss World since 2004.
She was also named Miss World Top Model, reached the top 27 in Miss World Talent, won the head-to-head challenge and was part of the top 10 finalists of the Miss World Beauty with a purpose.
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