The semi-finalists for the 60th anniversary edition of the Miss Nigeria pageant have now emerged, after weeks of a rigorous audition process that had over 1,000 ladies from across the nation vying for a chance to wear the coveted crown. They were announced on Tuesday November 28th, during an Instagram Live session that saw the out-going Miss Nigeria, Chioma Obiadi, calling each successful contestant.
The 2017 auditions held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja on November 7th with George Okoro (photographer and Lifestyle Magazine publisher), Adama Indimi (CEO Reign by Adama Lashes), Ogugua Okonkwo (CEO Style Temple) and Andy Ogbechei (Creative Director, A-Squared Network) as guest judges. The second leg of the auditions held at Echelon Heights Hotel was host in Port Harcourt on November 9th with Andy Ogbechei (Creative Director, A-Squared Network) and Enyinne Owunwanne (CEO, Times Multimedia- organisers of the Miss Nigeria pageant) are joined by 2 former contestants from 2016 – Anna Terna (Miss Benue) and Bozimo Blessing Ebi (Miss Borno) as guest judges.
The week-long in-person auditions came to a close at the Times Multimedia HQ in Lagos on November 11th and 12th 2017.
On back of these, the contestants went through a final round of public voting to determine the state representatives based on the overall weighted average. To also meet the goal of ensuring that each State is represented by its indigene the process was further opened to online video entries to fill the remaining slots.
Meanwhile, there are 7 contenders for the Miss FCT slot out of which a winner will emerge at the bootcamp, based on viewers’ choice.
The boot camp is set to commence on Monday December 4th, 2017.
The successful contestants according to their States are as follows:
1. ABIA AMARACHI ONYEABO
14. ENUGU EZUGWU CHINONYE EMILIA
27. OGUN TOLULOPE AYANFALU MARY
33. SOKOTO OCHE IMMACULATA FIJE
40. FCT CONTENDER 4 OKPARA ROSELINE AMARACHI
According to the CEO Times Multimedia, Enyinne Owunwanne, “this is a commitment that has resonated through the years in our work with young women who have participated in the pageant and gone on to become role models for other Nigerian women. It therefore remains our driving motivation this year to continue to provide young women with a platform to achieve the things they are most passionate about. Therefore our focus is not on physical appearance alone, but on women who are intelligent, socially responsible, and committed to making a difference in our country”.