Twenty-five-year-old Frances Udukwu, a graduate of Public Health and Health care Systems Management from Temple University, has emerged winner of 2015 Miss Nigeria USA pageant.
Udukwu was crowned at the event, which took place recently at the Alvin Ailey Theatre in New York City.
Representing Cross River State in the pageant, she beat 16 other young women to get the crown.
She was crowned by Miss Africa USA 2014, Meron Wudneh.
Banky W was on hand to thrill attendees at the show.
The Director of the pageant, Joy Jacob, said she started the pageant with the aim of raising the profile of the Nigerian woman.
“The Miss Nigeria USA Pageant has an enormous mission ahead,” said Jacob, adding: “We seek to empower the young women of Nigeria and reveal to the world their brilliance as well as their beauty. We raise their profile by expanding opportunities, illuminating their outer beauty while empowering them. MNUSA creates a forum for competition among the most brilliant and beautiful women of Nigerian descent in America.”
The Miss Nigeria USA Pageant is supported by the Consulate General of Nigeria, while other major sponsors of this year’s edition included Arik Air.