Toke Makinwa, Unoaku Anyadike, Emmanuel Ikubese Bryan Okwara, Anna Banner and Abiola weighed in their support as Vice President of the Silverbird Group, Guy Murray Bruce announced the search for the next Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria. This is the 30th edition and will be an epoch-making one, riding on a sub-theme â€˜Gender Based Violence – The plight of the Nigerian woman; an addition to the pageantâ€™s main theme â€˜The True Essence of Beauty – Timeless.â€™
At a media briefing in Lagos, the outgoing MBGN, Unoaku Anyadike lent her voice in this regard, making a passionate appeal to government at all levels to take the fight against gender-based violence more seriously.Â
The scourge is real and Unoaku, like many other campaigners before her, is shocked by the statistics which show that nearly 50 per cent of all sexual assaults worldwide are against girls 15 years or younger.
Mr. Bruce, who was visibly excited over the announcement for the 30th edition of the pageant, further called on corporate organisations and the media to be a part of the show as sponsors and partners.
Screenings have been scheduled to hold on theÂ 8th of AugustÂ in Enugu,Â 10th of AugustÂ in Port Harcourt, AbujaÂ 12th of August. The final screening to select the 36 contestants holds onÂ 14th AugustÂ at Best Western Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos. Â Â
Past winners of the MBGN have made huge imprints globally with Agbani Darego, now an international super model and fashion entrepreneur, becoming the very first Black African Miss World in 2001.Â
Others are Mary Ngozi Bienoseh, Chinenye Ochuba and Anita Uwagbale named African Continental Queen of beauty, reaching the top 10 at Miss World 1987, 2002 and 2004, respectively.
Bianca Onoh was crowned Miss Intercontinental in 1989, and Sabina Umeh was the first Nigerian to win the Personality prize at Miss World 1990. Toyin Raji was the recipient in 1995, and until recently, Celestine Queen won the Miss Congeniality title in the Miss Universe pageant 2014.
Furthermore, Mr. Bruce said this yearâ€™s pageant comes with lots of surprises plus much more mouth-watering prizes for the winners and assured everyone of a world-class event in line with the best of Silverbirdâ€™s tradition.
The winner of the 30th anniversary competition, which holds onÂ September 15Â at Eko hotel Lagos, will move on to represent Nigeria at the Miss World pageant taking place in Sanya, China onÂ November 18, 2017Â while the first runner up will represent Nigeria at the Miss Universe pageant.