Worried by the rising spate of cervical cancer in Nigeria and the need to create the needed awareness as well as to save lives, the project director of Queen of Emerald Nigeria pageant, Ambassador Uche Okafor, has reaffirmed his commitment to raise beauty queens that will lead the campaign against cervical cancer in Nigeria.
According to survey, cervical cancer is the most common cancer among the female population in Nigeria. In 2007, it was reported that 36.59 million Nigerian women aged 15 years are at risk of developing cervical cancer.
Towards this end, Okafor said that the entry for this year’s season 3 edition, dubbed ‘Classic Edition’ has opened for healthy, intelligent and decent Nigerian girls from 18 to 28 years who will contest for the prestigious Queen of Emerald Nigeria crown.
He explained: “Our aim is to create the needed awareness and save lives. We will use the best ways available to reach the targeted audience. Also, we are planning to raise beauty queens who will lead the awareness campaign on cervical cancer as well as help to bring out the best in young Nigerian women including building their self-confidence, personal development and increase their drive for success.
“We are partnering with cancer awareness organisations, individuals and brands like Medicaid Cancer Foundation, TUM Group, Optimal Cancer Foundation, Dallas Hair Cosmetics Nigeria, Amazing Amazon Initiatives, Noble and Creative Minds Africa Foundation amongst others.
“In addition to winning the prestigious crown, an official car will be attached to the office of Queen of Emerald Nigeria 2018, with a trip to an African country and an opportunity of being brand ambassador, and of course, an international cervical cancer awareness ambassador. ”
While registration is free, an audition tour of 12 cities across Nigeria will kick off in March, starting with Ibadan on March 3, Benin and Asaba on March 4, Awka and Enugu on March 10. Others are Owerri on March 11, Port Harcourt on March 17, Calabar on March 18, Abuja March 24, Kogi March 25, and then Ogun and Lagos on March 31.