‘Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria’ pageant celebrates 25th anniversary

Posted on March 18 2012 , at 12:38 pm
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By Hilda Oghuma

The 2011 MBGN Finalists

Silverbird Entertainment is set to celebrate the 25th edition of the annual ‘Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria‘ pageant. The jubilee celebration is to hold at the Best Western Home Ville Hotel, Etete, GRA, Benin City in Edo state on Saturday, 5 May 2012.

This year’s event marks a remarkable one for MBGN, Miss La Casera and Miss Select Pro, as we will be marking our 25 years, 5th and 4th year anniversary respectively, and the Edo state government is partnering with us’, said Group Vice president of Silverbird Group, Guy Murray Bruce at a briefing held on Friday, March, 16 2012 at the Silverbird galleria.

Meanwhile, the representative of the Edo state government, Wilson Osigwe (DG Lagos Liaison) officer said, ‘The Edo State Government is ready for the show. MBGN is so dear to the Governor and the governor is a friend of Silverbird’. ‘We are inviting all Nigerian bodies, international bodies to come to Edo to see – old and new, our culture, development’.

This is the second time the pageant is leaving Lagos. It was held in Imo State in 2008.

The marketing manager of La Casera; Abraham Benson said, ‘this is the 6th year we have been partnering with MBGN and we will be making our 5th Queen this year. N1m and a brand new car will be given to miss La Casera  as we celebrate the 10 years anniversary of La casera’ he said.

Forms are still on sale as the screening process begins in Benin City on Tuesday, March 27, in Port Harcourt on Thursday, March 29, in Abuja on Saturday March 31 and in Lagos on Tuesday , April, 3 2012.

The pageant, which has been held every year since 1986, except for 1995, has had 27 queens since its inception.

We’re told both the Pre event and the event will be transmitted live on television stations across the country.

Organisers say this year’s special edition will feature performances from the best of Nigerian artistes, including 2Face Idibia. The pageant is also expected to bring all ex MBGN beauty Queens together, including Bianca Ojukwu and Agbani Darego will be in attendance.

Created by Silverbird, the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) pageant originally began as Miss Universe Nigeria in 1983. It was renamed Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in 1986. Winners represent Nigeria in the Miss World competition and, until recently, Miss Universe – currently, only the first-runner up participates in Miss Universe.

The current title holder is Sylvia Nduka, who represented Plateau.

Several past winners and participants of MBGN have managed to carve out successful careers in music (Sabina Umeh, Emma Komlosy, Munachi Abii), acting (Regina Askia, Stephanie Okereke, Alex Lopez, Ibinabo Fiberesima), business (Nike Oshinowo-Soleye, Omowunmi Akinnifesi), television (Chika Chikezie, Celia Bissong), and politics (Lynda Chuba Ikpeazu, Bianca Onoh, Omasan Buwa).

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