After a pulsating grand finale event that featured plenty of interesting displays by the contestants for this year’s Miss Nigeria competition, 21-year-old Feyijimi Sodipo, emerged as the new queen, defeating her closest rivals, Miss Benue and Miss Edo, to clinch the crown.
Eko Hotel and Suites, the venue of the grand final of the event which was hosted by project manager of the pageant, Wunika Mukan was packed with important dignitaries, including the First Lady of Lagos state, Mrs Abimbola Fashola, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Edem Duke among a host of other notable personalities cutting across diverse sectors of the Nigerian economy.
The activities of the evening prior to the announcement were filled with brilliant exhibition of various wears by the contestants, both African and Foreign, soul-stirring music by Africa’s leading act, 2face Idibia who performed his smash hit, ‘African Queen’ to the delight of the audience and a quiz session, which saw intelligent answers put up by the contestants.
21-year old Feyijimi Sodipo emerged the winner after a tense moment when the judges Prof. Ebun Clark, Mrs Wunmi, Tony Akiotu, (General Managing Director of Daar communications), Catherine Ifejika, Derin Osoba and Dr Bello Osagie had to make their decision after the contestants had been narrowed down to five with Miss Benue placing second (who also won the award for best traditional wear), and Miss Edo, third position.
Other winners for the night include Miss Delta, who was decorated as Miss Congeniality, Miss Anambra as Miss photogenic and Miss African Hostess was given to Miss Akwa Ibom.
According to the organizers of pageant, Sodipo, the new Queen Ambassador, will see to the implementation of several projects in tandem with government and key players in the private sector.