The forthcoming second edition of Queen Móremí Àjàsorò (QMA) Beauty Pageant has continued to generate interest and excitement from Nigerian ladies with over 500 of them across the country sending entries for the event even as organisers have fixed September 30 as closing date for entries.
The organisers have expressed delight with the number of entries received for the competition given the diversity, statistics and stunning beauty of the ladies that have put in the pageant, declaring that this year’s event, with the grand finale holding in Lagos in November, will be keenly contested and that the judges would have tough time deciding on the queen.
According to a statement signed by the Youth Ambassador for QMA project, Ms. Florence Bodunri Hungbo, “registration for this year’s edition is free and will close by Saturday September 30. Beside the online registration, application forms are also available at the following locations: DaViva stores, The Palms Shopping Mall Lekki, Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Centre and Ikeja City Mall. Participation is exclusive to young girls of Yoruba descent.”
Speaking on the drive behind the initiative, Bodunri emphasised that QMA beauty pageant was aimed at sustaining the historical thematic virtues of Queen Móremí Àjàsorò whose heroic legacies will continue to endure in the chronicles of both Yoruba and world histories.
The winner of this year’s edition will receive a cash prize of N5 million, which is meant for investment as part of the empowerment programme of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja 11), who is the patron of the beauty pageant. Other prizes include a brand new saloon car and a wardrobe of designers’ outfits from leading fashion brands.
The winner will also automatically become a cultural ambassador to the Ooni of Ife as the pageant is expected to showcase ladies with beauty, strong presence and aura, intelligent, and cultural awareness, as well as exemplify the heroic attributes of Ife’s greatest queen.
Also speaking on the virtues of Queen Móremí Àjàsorò, the Ooni of Ife, said, “Móremí Àjàsorò exhibited an unrivalled heroism of world’s liberty and dedicated her life to the liberation of mankind by sacrificing her only child to free the people of Oodua land from the invasion of some faceless terrorists thousands of years ago.”
He added that: “Queen Móremí represents an indelible new dawn of great awakening for the development of the Yorùbá culture. This mission is very close to my heart and touches my global re-enactment of the Yorùbá culture.”