A student of the University of Benin, Miss Winfrey Okolo, has won the 2012 Miss University Nigeria (MUN) beauty pageant. Okolo emerged the winner by beating 48 other contestants in Abuja on Friday night. The beauty queen received a star prize of a Nissan Sony car and one million naira.
A first timer in beauty pageants, Okolo, in an interview after her installation, thanked God for enabling her to excel at the competition. She however pledged to make good use of her position to affect the lives of Nigerian youths. Her words: “I will try to stimulate a change in the Nigerian university system; I will endeavour to promote modesty, hard work and a lot of things that will bring out the students’ confidence,’’ Okolo said.
According to NAN, which reported the news, the competition was a “no-bikini pageant’’ that was particularly aimed at promoting the African culture and discouraging indecent dressing among the youth. Mr Taylor Nazzal, the President of MUN Organisation, said that he was happy to touch the lives of many young Nigerians: “We can always inspire women out there to be better leaders of tomorrow. They are all potential wives and if you groom them well, you’ve succeeded in grooming the men and the whole world,’’ Nazzal said.
Nazzal also added that the new beauty queen would be Nigeria’s student ambassador to the United Nations (UN), adding that she would also be engaged to carry out charity assignments. He also noted that Okolo would represent Nigeria at the Miss University Africa pageant involving 53 countries in South Africa and the Miss United Nations pageant in New York next year.