GOV DICKSON RESTATES COMMITMENT TO MAKING BAYELSA A TOURISTS’ HAVEN, AS MBGN PAGEANT ENDS IN YENAGOA.
19 year old Miss Akwa Ibom, Iheoma Nnadi Friday emerged winner of the of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, MBGN pageant, 2014 and carted away a cash prize of N3 million and a brand new car, amongst other prizes.
The event, which was held at the Dr. Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre in Yenagoa, produced Miss Edo as first runner up, while the second runner up went to Miss Osun, Endurance Akpoyibo.
Other awards presented at the pageant were, Miss Photogenic, which went to Erica Nlewedim of Kogi, Chinyere Adogu, of Kwara won Miss Charismatic, Miss Delta, Fortune Woko clinched Best Traditional Costume, Miss Gombe, Precious John got MBGN Model and Miss Amity went to Queen Celestine of Edo State.
Miss Edo, Kwara, Osun, Akwa Ibom and Abuja made the list of the top first 5, who were among the 30 contestants that participated in the pageant.
Delivering a welcome address, the state Governor, Hon. SeriakeDickson represented by the Deputy Governor, Retired Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah, expressed delight that Bayelsa was hosting the event for a second successive year, an indication that the state is peaceful and open for investors and tourists.
Governor Dickson, who noted that efforts were being put in place to diversify the state’s economy through tourism and other sectors, said operating a monolithic economy hinged on oil revenue was no longer sustainable.
He also urged young girls across the country to show interest in the pageant to enhance their status in life and expressed the belief that, next year’s edition would be more competitive.
In her remarks, Director General of the State Tourism development Agency, Mrs. Ebizi Ndiomu-Brown announced that in next year’s edition of the MBGN, the audience would be given an opportunity to participate in determining, who wears the crown. The high point of the ceremony was the crowning of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria by the outgoing beauty queen, Miss Anna Ebiere Banner.