Seventy undergraduates from Nigerian Universities will on Friday compete for the 6th edition of the non-bikini beauty pageant – Miss University Nigeria Crown – being hosted by the Federal Capital Territory Administration.
The President of Miss University Nigeria, Mr. Taylor Nazzal, who disclosed this at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja, explained that the beauty pageant was aimed at promoting the innate potentials of Nigerians students and youths.
Nazzal said: “The Miss University Nigeria, which comprises all Nigerian Universities, stands out to be the most recognized and accepted beauty pageant that connects and unites both Nigerian students’ community and the wider community across Nigeria and reach out to the grassroots.
“This is a non-bikini beauty pageant aimed at discouraging indecent dressing and prostitution while celebrating beauties with brains. The grand finale will take place on the 30th of November, 2012 at A-Class Park in Maitama where a new queen will be crowned Miss University Nigeria 2012.
“The winner of this event will become the Official National University Queen ‘Miss University Nigeria’, an ambassador for beauties with brain and gets the opportunity to represent Nigerian Universities and the country on the global stage at the Miss University Africa Pageant with 53 other African nations and Miss United Nations pageant with 150 other nations of the world.”
Nazzal noted that the Miss University beauty pageant was established in 2006 and had been hosted by the Ogun State Government in 2007, Delta State Government in 2008, Bayelsa State Government in 2009, Benue State Government in 2010 and Rivers State Government in 2011.
Expected at the 2012 Miss University beauty pageant are the Minister of FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed; the Minister of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide; wives of governors; ministers; and members of the National Assembly, among others.
The Special Assistant to the Minister of State for FCT on Social Development, Uche Nwafor, who represented the minister, noted that the pageant captured the vision of the FCT Administration for youths and women.
Nwafor said: “The FCT Administration is in support of the beauty pageant as this will encourage young people to discover their innate abilities and eradicate prostitution among Nigerian women.
“The FCTA is vigorously addressing the issue of commercial sex workers by rehabilitating them through skilled acquisition training in a bit to provide them alternative source of livelihood,’ Nwafor stated.