Miss Nigeria 2017: Meet the 37 semi-finalists for the 60th edition

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

2. ADAMAWA EHIGUESE MILDRED PEACE

3. AKWA IBOM ANNALISA JOHN UMANAH

4. ANAMBRA LOUELLA EZE

5. BAUCHI PARE RUTH IFEANYI

6. BAYELSA DEBORAH ALFRED

7. BENUE PATIENCE ABIYANYA ADOKPE

8. BORNO ACHADU GRACEFILL BAABA

9. CROSS RIVER ANA LAWRENCE VICTORIA

10. DELTA RITA CHINEDU

11. EBONYI AKUMA DINNE CHINEMEREM ESTHER

12. EDO SARAH EGHOGHON IFIDON

13. EKITI BOLARINDE DAMILOLA REBECCA

14. ENUGU EZUGWU CHINONYE EMILIA

15. GOMBE ADEBOLA OMOGBEMINIYI

16. IMO COLLINS MOYOSOREOLUWA CASSANDRA

17. JIGAWA AYO DEOLA ASHLEY

18. KADUNA YASMIN UMAR

19. KANO FAITH SAMUEL

20. KASTINA SARAH BINZWAN SIMON

21. KEBBI MATTI ATINUKE MARIAM

22. KOGI EGWABA PATIENCE OJONUGWA

23. KWARA SHOFOLU GBEMINIYI

24. LAGOS OLUWATOMISIN AWOYEMI

25. NASSARAWA IKPE IGBE JOY

26. NIGER MERCY EZEKIEL

27. OGUN TOLULOPE AYANFALU MARY

28. ONDO BENJAMIN ANNE UFUOMANEFE

29. OSUN DARAMOLA JOY

30. OYO ANJOLAOLUWA BOLUWATIFE BOLAJI

31. PLATEAU ABIGAIL ZERE KIM

32. RIVERS FAHNY BROWN PETERSIDE

33. SOKOTO OCHE IMMACULATA FIJE

34. TARABA LOVELY EMMANUEL NDAMA KAUNA

35. YOBE KHADIJA AHMED YOUNIS

36. ZAMFARA JOLLY YAHAYA

37. FCT CONTENDER 1 CHINAKA SHARON EZINNE

38. FCT CONTENDER 2 GINA ODOGWU REGINALD

39. FCT CONTENDER 3 NICHOLAS VANESSA

40. FCT CONTENDER 4 OKPARA ROSELINE AMARACHI

41. FCT CONTENDER 5 INIMFON JOSEPH

42. FCT CONTENDER 6 OFFOR STELLA CHIDINMA

43. FCT CONTENDER 7 EZINNE EMELDA ELIJAH AGBOM

The 2017 edition marks the 60th anniversary of the Miss Nigeria pageant which began in 1957 and the organisers have reiterated their commitment to empowering Nigeria’s young women beyond beauty.

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”.

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