Miss Tourism Nigeria, one of the beauty pageants in the country, concluded its highly anticipated 11th edition recently in Lagos. The successful execution of the grand event is attributed to the exceptional leadership and dedication of Casmir Uwaegbute, programme director, Miss Tourism Nigeria.
Under Uwaegbute’s guidance and expertise, the 11th edition of the pageant was a success, captivating audiences with its awe-inspiring production, cultural representation, and empowering message of beauty, intelligence, and tourism.
The pageant showcased the diverse heritage and cultural richness of Nigeria, while promoting tourism as a catalyst for national development.
It saw Joy Ebere Ekekwe, a 26-year-old business entrepreneur, from Igbera in Bend Local Government Area of Abia State, emerge winner of the 11th season of Miss Tourism Nigeria.
Miss Joy will represent Nigeria at the 2023 Miss World Tourism competition from July 20 – 30, 2023 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Somtochukwu Maduagwu, runner up, will represent Nigeria at the Miss Tourism World in China, while Miss Glam Nigeria went to Sophia Adaeze, who will represent Nigeria in India and Miss Loveth Oyetunji, Miss Tourism Africa Nigeria, will represent Nigeria at Miss Tourism Africa pageant this September.
As the programme director, Uwaegbute played a pivotal role in overseeing all aspects of the event, from contestant selection and training to stage production and event logistics. His strategic vision, meticulous planning, and meticulous attention to detail ensured that the pageant ran seamlessly and provided an unforgettable experience for participants and spectators alike.
One of the highlights of the 11th edition was the exceptional quality of the contestants, who represented various regions across Nigeria. Uwaegbute’s diligent efforts in scouting and nurturing talented individuals resulted in a cohort of remarkable contestants, each possessing unique qualities that reflected the essence of Miss Tourism Nigeria. The participants showcased their intelligence, poise, and commitment to promoting Nigeria’s tourism industry.
The success of the 11th edition of Miss Tourism Nigeria is also a testament to Uwaegbute’s leadership, passion, and unwavering commitment to promoting Nigerian tourism and empowering young women. Through his tireless efforts, the pageant continues to serve as a platform for contestants to become ambassadors for Nigerian tourism, promoting the nation’s diverse attractions and fostering international collaborations.
The night also saw some of Nigeria’s distinguished individuals and personalities walking away with the prestigious Spirit Awards Africa.
Some of the recipients include; Korede Bello as Advocacy Person of the Year, Ric Hassani for Entertainer of the Year, MC Acapella, who won Comedian of the Year, Tonye Harts as Event Producer of the Year, Sola Oyebade’s Mahogany Production as Event Company of the year, while Bella Naija received the Media Company of the year, Monty Suites, Topisto Tomato Mix and Garden City Mall received Luxury Hotel of the year, African Product of the year and New Tourism Destination honors respectively.
Uwaegbute expressed his gratitude to the participants, sponsors, and the entire Miss Tourism Nigeria team for their dedication and hard work in making the 11th edition a remarkable success. He emphasized the importance of promoting Nigeria’s tourism potential and empowering women to become agents of change in society.
The legacy of Miss Tourism Nigeria and the outstanding success of its 11th edition stand as a testament to Uwaegbute’s visionary leadership and his unwavering commitment to promoting tourism, culture, and empowerment in Nigeria. His contributions continue to shape the beauty pageant landscape, inspiring generations to come.
Will Nigerian Idol pull surprise on Father’s Day live show today?
Nigerian Idol has held three weeks of brilliant live shows, and the contestants have delivered fantastic performances every week. The show returns this Sunday for the fourth live show in time for Father’s Day, and fans wonder if they should expect a special Father’s Day edition.
This wonderment is not far-fetched since Nigerian Idol has pulled some pretty awesome surprises over the past three years. These surprises have either been gleeful or emotional. So, it begs the question – Are the organisers about to pull yet another surprise, or will it be business as usual this Sunday?
In 2021, Nigerian Idol surprised fans with guest judges almost every other week. The producers crowned it with surprise performances from Cobhams (who took the stage with season 6 winner Kingdom Kroseide) and Chike (who performed alongside runner-up Francis Atela) at the finale.
In 2022, they tugged at everyone’s heartstrings when they surprised Simi with a special birthday celebration on the live show. Perhaps, the best part of the surprise was Adekunle Gold, her superstar and award-winning husband, bringing out her birthday cake with a beautiful song and the sweetest words.
They replicated the magic again just last week Sunday as the producers, co-judges Obi and Simi, Nigerian Idols – Progress Chukwuyem and Kingdom, and the contestants surprised D’banj with a beautiful celebration of his birthday. The legendary performer didn’t predict Kingdom and Progress performing his birthday song. He was thoroughly surprised and delighted.
As Father’s Day comes up this Sunday, fans and commentators wonder if we can expect another surprise and quietly hope the answer is a whooping yes. So over to Nigerian Idol organisers – Is this Sunday going to be a celebration? Tune in to Africa Magic Showcase, Urban or Family, at 7 pm this Sunday to find the answers. If you are stuck outside when the show starts, catch all the live action on the DStv app.