BY TONY OGAGA ERHARIEFE
The Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), has kicked-off preparations for the 2016 edition of Miss Anambra Beauty Pageant which holds on Friday, October 25, in Awka, Anambra State.
According to the Managing Director and CEO of ABS, Uche Nworah, the pageant promises to eclipse previous edition as the winner will walk away with fantastic prizes and empowerment and skill development opportunities. The winner will also represent Nigeria later in the year at the Miss Intercontinental beauty pageant, which Iyom Bianca Onoh won in 1989.
“Anambra continues to excel in all the sectors since Chief Willie Obiano became the governor two years ago. The state is now the safest in Nigeria hence social life has since returned. This is our own way of leveraging on the peace and security which exists in the state by providing world class entertainment and beauty pageant that meets international standard for Ndi Anambra and visitors to enjoy,”, Nworah said.
Past winners include Miss Chizoba Ejike who won in 2014 and is the current Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) Tourism and Chidinma Okeke, the current Miss Anambra, who represented Nigeria at the Miss Intercontinental Pageant held in Frankfurt in 2015.
The resident judges of the pageant include Miss Nwando Okwuosa (Miss Nigeria 2003 and Creative Director of Miss Anambra pageant), Olisa Adibua of Beat FM and Ifeanyi Okonkwo of Message Boutique. Event planner Rita Idehen and former national beauty queens such as Ene Lawani and Omotu Bissong have also guest judged on the pageant.
The competition is open to young ladies from the age of 18 and above. Contestants can download forms from the ABS website www.abstadiotv.com.