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Vintage Omowunmi Akinnifesi

Jemi EKUNKUNBOR

In 2005, she was a naive, 18 year old geography undergraduate when she escorted her friend to the Silverbird office to submit her form for the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant. But on getting there, some members of staff discovered Omowunmi Akinnifesi to be a beautiful girl and wondered why she was not picking the form herself. She was encouraged to do so and she heeded the advice filling and submitting the form on the very last day entry forms were to be submitted. The rest as they say, is history for she went on to win that contest, emerging as the Most beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2005.

Omowunmi became the 18th Queen in the order of MBGN following in the steps of those before her like Lynda Chuba Ikpeazu, Nike Soleye nee Oshinowo, Bianca Onoh, Reginia Askia, Agbani Darego and a host of other queens too numerous to mention.

That same year, the graceful queen with a gazelle-like neck, went on to make Nigeria proud by winning the coveted Miss Tourism International crown in far away Ukraine.

In 2008, Akinnifesi graduated from the University of Lagos with a degree in Geography and Regional Planning.

The old girl of Queens College, Lagos, is one of the queens who not only had an eventful reign but also a scandal free reign. Cool headed with a friendly disposition, she has maintained a certain level of charisma that has endeared to many especially the press long after her reign.

A great dancer, Omowunmi was one of the celebrities who participated in the widely publicized dance programme, Celebrity Takes 2, where she came second. Last year, she was appointed Environmental ambassador by the Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola. For a living she runs a public relations and usher hiring outfit, Elle Poise.

Perhaps what Omowunmi is most loved for, is her sense of style. She personifies the phrase, less is more. Always simply but tastefully dressed, Omowunmi is one of the new divas to watch, always on point with her style.

Today, we celebrate her style as we take you through the evolution process from when we first met her as an obscure school girl in 2005 to her present diva status.


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