As the nation prepares to mark its 50th Independence anniversary, the nation’s oldest beauty pageant, Miss Nigeria beauty pageant is all set to wear a new face as former MBGN Queen, Nike Oshinowo-Soleye takes charge after a nine year break.

Birthed in 1957 with Grace Oyelude as first Miss Nigeria, the pageant stands to represent the highest ideals and to showcase the positive attributes of the Nigerian woman.

Speaking during a press conference at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos, Nike Oshinowo-Soleye said the relaunched Miss Nigeria will be different in many ways as it seeks to bring back the old traditional values of the Nigerian people.

By Jemi Ekunkunbor

To this end, she pointed out that the winner of the 2010 edition of the pageant will not be a stick thin model as often prescribed by modeling agencies or the west. “We want to crown a typical Nigerian girl”.

Binta Sukai, Nike Oshinowo-Soleye, Vien tetsola and Eni Lawani

For the first time, entry is open to Nigerian girls in other parts of the world such as North America, South Africa and Britain while the Nigeria public will be afforded the opportunity to vote for their Queen of choice.

Winner of this year’s competition scheduled for September 25th in Abuja, among other juicy prizes will get full scholarship to be educated in an institution of higher learning anywhere in the world, a luxury car and one year salary.

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