As preparations for this year’s edition of Queen Moremi Ajasoro (QMA)beauty pageant get underway, organisers of the yearly event have rolled out mouthwatering prizes for the next coveted queen and other contestants. Billed to hold in Lagos in November, the winner of this second edition of the pageant will cart home a brand new car from one of the sponsors of the event in addition with N5 million investment funds to formally launch QMA Impact Investment Fund as part of the project.
In addition, the new queen automatically earns the title of Cultural Ambassador to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, who is the grand patron of the House of Oduduwa and promoter of the beauty pageant. With this, she will enjoy the rare privilege of accompanying the royal father to many of his engagements both within and outside the country while expected to model the highest queenly characters that Queen Moremi Ajasoro were known for.
Also, the queen will be fitted and styled all through her one year reign by the headline designers, makeup artists, and stylists of the beauty pageant, which include Mon’ Ami – Larry Kay Ojomo of Mon’ Ami Clothing, whose first set of collections for the event was showcased on London runway during the recently held Africa Fashion Week in London.
Speaking on this development, the Heritage Ambassador of Queen Moremi Ajasoro Legacy, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, said it was a welcome development and a sign that the event would live to its billing as a super beauty pageant different from others because of the royal and cultural spin to it and the creative elements that come with it.
Ademiluyi, who is the founder of both Africa Fashion Week Nigeria and London, disclosed that more prizes are expected as a number of the sponsors and partners are yet to come up with their promised packages. She said that once the partnership deals are concluded that the packages would be disclosed to the public even as she called on more corporate bodies and individuals to sign up with the event as there are more opportunities for sponsors and partners to come on board to make the event a signature pageant for the country.
According to her, many applications have been received since the application portal was opened to the public for the event that is opened to Nigerian ladies from any part of the country under ages 18 and 25 with a minimum qualification of secondary school certificate and statistics of five feet and five inches among others. Once the vetting of the applications ends in September, she said that auditions would commence in three cities, Ibadan, Ife and Lagos, which would then be followed by the grand finale, which she said promises to be as colourful and eventful as they come. Queen Moremi Ajasoro (QMA) beauty pageant is part of effort of the Ooni of Ife to preserve and promote the legacies of the revered and legendary Ife queen as well as create role models and empower young Nigerian ladies to be productivity and contribute meaningful to the commonwealth of Nigeria and the globe.