The very first Woman to win the Miss Nigeria beauty pageant was Mrs Grace Atinuke, she was born on the 16th of November, 1931. Mrs Grace is a woman from Kogi State but she was born in Kano state. Back then Mrs Grace used to work at UAC and that was when she represented the north in the pageant.
Mrs Grace was still in Kano when her brother advised her to go for the interview in Lagos, he had seen the advert in a newspaper. He wanted her to go to Lagos so that she would be chosen as one of the contestants for the Miss Nigeria pageant. She was able to apply and she flew down to Lagos to participate in the pageant.
Immediately Mrs Grace won the maiden edition of the Miss Nigeria contest, she went all the way to England and there she studied nursing. After a few months of studying, Mrs Grace was then crowned Miss Nigeria. One of the gifts that Mrs Grace Oyelude was awarded with was a bicycle. Back then they did not give cars or houses to the winners, but nowadays winners of Miss Nigeria pageant always get expensive gifts.
Mrs Grace Oyelude is very much alive and she got married and gave birth to many children,she is currently a grandmother too. Despite the fact that she is over 80 years old, the former Miss Nigeria still looks as stylish as before. She has aged so much in the past few years and she is doing quite well for herself.
Beauty pageants have been in existence for quite a very long time now, and one of the most popular pageant in Nigeria is the Miss Nigeria pageant. It is a pageant that is done annually in the country, it is done to showcase the positive attributes of the Women in Nigeria. The lady that would win the Mrs Nigeria pageant would be a role model to the other young ladies in Nigeria.
It was back then in the year 1957 that the Miss Nigeria pageant began in Nigeria, it started off as a photo contest. The ladies that were contesting would send their pictures to daily times headquarters in Lagos. The ladies that ended up as the finalists would then be brought to Lagos island club for the live competition. Back then the ladies did not have to wear swimsuits to participate.
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