By Prisca Sam-Duru
Contestants for this year’s edition of The Miss Niger Delta Peace cultural Pageant themed, One Voice For Peace, Empowerment and Transformation, are expected to converge at Berverly Hills Hotel, Mingles Lounge, GRA, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The audition which comes up 9am on Friday, 28th November, 2014, will feature contestants from Niger Delta states.
The Miss Niger Delta Peace cultural pageant show which has brought dignity and respect for the pageant industry, also promotes the rich cultural heritage and dignity of women, hence the pageant does not permit bikini wears and indecent dressings or exposures during the event.
The winner will go home with a cash prize, a brand new car, a trip to Durban South Africa while the first runner-up will go home with a cash prize, a trip to Dubai. The second runner-up goes home with a cash prize, a trip to Tinapa, Cross River State and other contestants will go home with consolation prizes.
Speaking ahead of the main show which comes up on Saturday, December 20, at Doctor Gabriel Cultural Centre, Yenegoa, Bayelsa State, President of the Miss Niger Delta organization, Prince Sodin: said “Winners of this year’s competition will be expected to build 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 event which is not all about crowning beauty queens Sodin said, “Is designed to promote socio cultural integration, tourism, human capital development, through various advocacy projects. The Miss Niger Delta competition has carried out various programmes that have promoted early education for children, protection of the girl-child rights, campaigns against indecent dressings and prostitution, HIV/ AIDS/ Sickle cell, breast cancer, environmental protection, examination malpractice, cultism and other social vices.”
The pageant show has produced 13 beauty queens such as 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. These queens have used their positions to touch lives positively in the Niger Delta.