BY ROTIMI AGBANA
The beautiful city of Lagos is set to welcome a bevy of over twenty five pretty models from different countries across Africa for the 2018 Africa Beauty Queen International Pageant.
The pageant, a brain child of Roses and Rubies International, owned by Precious Jefferson, will hold its maiden edition on March 30, at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki and will have the contestants thrill guests with exhilarating dance steps beautifully choreographed by ace pageant director, Mordi Chike.
Reekado Banks and other top musical acts who have expressed excitement about the pageant are fully prepared to dazzle guests with good music.
Speaking on the inspiration behind the pageant, Jefferson who herself is an accomplished beauty queen having won several pageants including Miss Independence in 2011 and Beauty of Africa International Pageant in 2016 said, “For me, Africa Beauty Queen International Pageant is more than just a pageant. It is a dream, one that I have nursed since I was nine years old. I am daily obsessed with a need to give back to the society, help young girls achieve their dreams.
“Being an ex-beauty queen myself, I totally understand the challenges there are in the industry and this pageant is poised to proffer solutions and be the trademark of excellence as far as modelling and pageantry are concerned in Nigeria and Africa”, she added.
Ace publisher, Betty Irabor and veteran actors Eucharia Anunobi and Richard Mofe Damijo have been unveiled as judges for the night. Others are 2017 Miss International Africa, Awuma Daniella Akorfa and Pageant Director, Miss West Africa Gambia, Saviour Aluede while the duo of Stephanie Coker and Ghana’s Mawuli Gavor will be hosts.