By Juliet Ebirim,
The maiden edition of Miss Bikini Nigeria International beauty pageant held penultimate Saturday in Lagos amid roller-coasting pomp and pageantry. The event which took place on Saturday October 10, 2015, at Terra Kulture, was hosted by ex-BBA housemate, Melvin Oduah. It was organised by Nollywood actress, Seyi Hunter.
The beauty queens put up a great show, beginning with their choreographed session, to the time they strutted the runway in their bikinis. ‘Miss Kwa’, in the person of Blessing Williams emerged winner of the pageant, while Lolade Badmus emerged Miss Bikini Nigeria Ambassador and South-West Queen; Maryjane Balogun, Edith Hunter and Cynthia Chineme emerged North-Central, Niger-Delta and South-East Queens respectively..
The crowned queen of the bikini pageant, Blessing Williams, was presented with a brand new Kia Rio car and a cash prize of N1.5 million. She will also represent Nigeria at the World Bikini Model International competition in Malta, beginning from October 18-25, 20015. The keenly contested pageant had reputable judges including, Miz Gold, Sentiago Roberts, Simon Peacemaker and Age Anthony.
The four regional winners were given a cash prize of N250,000 each. Kia Motors will be sponsoring three of the girls including the winner to Malta for the 27th edition of the World pageant.
The organiser of the pageant, Seyi Hunter, emphasized that the pageant was 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.”
Miss Bikini Nigeria International is the first of its kind in Nigeria and was franchised to Hunters Media, a modeling and film production firm, by Catwalk Productions International, the international brand owners of World Bikini Model International, Malta.
Photos by Biodun Ogunleye