As the date for the 2016/2017 ‘Miss Umu Anioma Beauty Pageant’ draws closer, the organisers of the event have called on the public to enter for the competition before it is too late. The event slated for December 2016 at Orchids Hotels in Asaba, Delta State with a Grand Finale, is part of events for the 2016 Umu Anioma World Convention, Asaba 2016. Contestants will be drilled in four major areas including: traditional outfit, platform competition (catwalk), photogenic, evening gown and interview session.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Pageant, Mr. Emmanuel Ohai, explained that the competitive and interactive exercise is to bring out the best in the participants. Emphasising that the competition is not just another jamboree but a combination of brain and beauty exercise, Ohai said the application forms sold for N5, 000 are available on the Umu Anioma website where they can fill out the forms and in order to submit application, applicants must have the bank teller number for payment of the N5, 000 application fee into the Umu Anioma Account.
On the basic requirements, Ohai said, “contestants must be at least 18 years on or before Grand Finale date. Contestants must never have been married or given birth to a child and they must be born female from Anioma, Delta, North Senatorial District, Igbanke, Edo State, Onitsha, Anambra State, Ndoni and Rivers State.
The first prize attracts N100, 000; second prize N50, 000 and third prize N25, 000. Other fringe benefits include: scholarships plus opportunity to attend the Asaba Film Academy where they could become the face of Nollywood in just six months.
The CEO who warned that prospective participants should hurry up and make their entry informed that deadline for application is November 30, 2016.Assuring the public of the credibility of the Pageant, Ohai said “The Miss Umu Anioma contest is more than a beauty pageant as women aspiring to be Miss Umu Anioma must be professional, intelligent, outgoing, poised, able to meet the public, confidently beautiful and have the ability to understand community and civic responsibility.
In addition to being a role model for other youth and a woman who is proud of Anioma Nation and is eager to promote her Anioma heritage as something to live and die for.” On the side attractions, Ohai noted that VIPs from Anioma area of Delta State will grace the occasion which has the theme, ‘Discussion On The Determinants of Prosperity’. While Prof Pat Utomi, a Professor of Political Economy, Lagos Business School will be the Keynote Speaker, Chief Ben Elue, former Deputy Governor; Delta State will chair the convention. It is hoped that the 2016/2017 edition of the pageant would be a springboard to a bigger picture of what the organisers have in mind, as future pageants will be garnished with seminars, workshops and symposia.