By Juliet Ebirim
Nollywood actress, Seyi Hunter, has joined the ranks of entertainment people who are moving into the pageantry business as she is set to launch the maiden edition of Miss Bikini Pageant International in September. The actress who has more than 20 movie credits to her name, got the franchise to organise the pageant from World Bikini Model International.
“I’m currently working on a project ‘Miss Bikini Nigeria International’ coming up in September. I actually just got the franchise from Malta ‘World Bikini Model International’. Forms are on sale and we intend to start auditions soon. The winner of the pageant will represent Nigeria in Malta. This is the maiden edition in Nigeria and it is a Hunter’s Media project”, she said.
A Performing Arts, Industrial and Labour Relations graduate from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Seyi, born of an Igbo father and Akwa-Ibom mother, started out her career in 2011 in the Yoruba sector and has since featured in both Yoruba and English language movies.
The actress who recently released her first movie ‘Indecent Assault’ explained that the pageant is aimed at showcasing the beach culture of wearing bikinis the African way, hence the theme ‘Exploring the beauty of African prints’. “The beauty of this pageant is that we are showcasing the African culture. We want to change the perception of people about bikinis. Bikinis can be worn tastefully without promoting obscenity. We want to explore how bikinis can be worn to suit our culture. Models will be wearing them the African way. We hope to change the bikini culture to suit our ‘Africaness’.”
Continuing, the actress who has starred in movies like Broken Fixtures, Pain, Many Days-One day, My Club, MM Girls, Insanity, Rukayat, Alenibare, amongst others, emphasized that the pageant is all about doing the foreign bikini culture the African way using African prints. “It’s about injecting the African culture into an European or global culture. The bikini culture is European-born and we are injecting the African culture into it. We are trying to change this foreign culture that we have borrowed, to suit us. We are buying a foreign culture and doing it our way. We want to promote decency. The bikini culture is the beach culture all over the world, now we are injecting the African culture into it. We are taking away the amoral sides of it and making it look African. We want to change our orientation about bikinis.”
She further stated that the pageant is a way of engaging the youths as there will be lots of consolation prizes. Models have to be between the ages of 18 and 28. The winner of the pageant will represent Nigeria at the 27th edition of the World Bikini Model International scheduled to hold in Malta this year.