By Prisca Sam-Duru
All is now set for the 14th edition of the Miss Niger Delta Beauty Pageant show titled, “One Voice for Peace, Empowerment and Transformation”, expected to take place in Bayelsa State in December amid pomp and fanfare.
Winner of the show will go home with a cash prize, a brand new car and an all expense trip to Dubai. She will be saddled with the responsibilities of building bridges of peace not only in the Niger Delta region but through synergy with queens from other regions to promote peace, love and socio cultural integration.
The first runner-up will go home with a cash prize and a trip to Dubai. The second runner-up will go home with a cash prize and an all-expense-paid-trip to Tinapa, Cross Rivers State. Other winners will go home with consolation prizes.
Chief Executive Officer of Miss Niger Delta Beauty Pageant International Organization, Prince Sodin said: “ Miss Niger Delta cultural pageant show started in 1999 and it has produced 13 winners namely: Miss Niger Delta Ambassador for Peace and Development, Miss Niger Delta, Face of Beauty, Pride of Niger Delta, Symbol of Talent, Miss Niger Delta in Diaspora and Miss Niger Delta Model for Change and they have used their positions to touch the lives of people positively in the Niger Delta region.
“ The event is not all about crowning beauty queens but designed to promote socio-cultural integration, tourism, human capital development and advocacy projects. The show has carried various campaigns to promote early education for children, with protection of the right of the girl-child right, campaign against indecent dressing and prostitution, HIV/ AIDS/ Sickle cell, breast cancer, environmental protection, examination malpractice, cultism and other social vices. The campaign for re-orientation of values among Niger Delta youths, eradication of violence and cultism among others. The Miss Niger Delta show has brought dignity and respect for the pageant industry because it promotes the rich cultural heritage and dignity of womanhood hence contestants do not wear bikini or/ and indecent attires or exposures during the show.”
In the same vein, Sodin, expressed his satisfaction with the policies and achievements of the tourism industry and development in Bayelsa state and the Governor Dickson’s administration. He commended the Director General of Tourism in Bayelsa State, Mrs. Ebizi Ndiomu Brown, for the work that she has being doing in the promotion of tourism in the state and believes that with the peaceful disposition of the indigenes of Bayelsa State, the contestants and guests at the forthcoming event will experience the true tradition of hospitality of Bayelsa State and by extension the Niger Delta region.
It is expected to attract creme-de-la-creme in the society, stakeholders in the beauty pageant and entertainment industry in Nigeria, Africa, those in the Diaspora, Britain, America, Europe.