The term BEAUTY PAGEANTRY or BEAUTY CONTEST is a competition that has traditionally focused on judging and ranking the physical attributes of the contestants, although most contests have evolved to also incorporate personality traits, intelligence, talent, and answers to judges’ questions as judged criteria to finally selecting a qualified KING/QUEEN.
PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
My name is Nwokike Johnbosco C. (NNABUENYI). I am a native of Opi in Nsukka Local Government Area in Enugu State, Nigeria. I am Creative Director of Onitsha Social Media Foundation and also Chairman Organizing Committee of Mr. & Miss. Onitsha City 2019.
Onitsha Social Media Foundation, the organizers of this pageant is made up of team of talented young individuals who are using this platform to spotlight Onitsha to the world. It is a humanitarian based NGO in Onitsha.
TALK TO US ABOUT THE MR. & MISS. ONITSHA CITY PAGEANT?
Mr. & Miss. Onitsha City is a platform that is been carved out to floor Entertainment in Onitsha to implement positive change within their immediate environment with great emphasis on projecting Onitsha to the world.
Mr. & Miss. Onitsha City is a unisex pageantry set out for the non-indigenes and indigenes residing in Onitsha Metropolis. We aimed at churning youths with beauty and brains.
It is going to be our first maiden edition here in Onitsha Metropolis. The pageant will give the youths opportunity to stand firm and boldly represents their city anywhere in the world.
WHAT WAS YOUR AIM FOR CREATING THIS ONE OF A KIND PAGEANT?
Ehmmn! We created this wonderful pageant platform to bring in formidable entertainment here in Onitsha.
We still have other varieties of platforms soon to showcase to the world. We are here to tell the world Onitsha is not just for business which it has been known for years, but we have more beautiful and talented persons that can proffer solutions to the society with what they have. So with this aim we created these platforms Mr. & Miss. Onitsha City 2019, the first ever maiden Edition to happen this year 2019.
WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM THE PAGEANT?
Lots of things, we are coming out to the world to showcase what the talented persons here in Onitsha can actually do. So my dear let the world, ANTICIPATE!!!
WHAT STANDARD WORLD YOU USE TO PICK YOUR WINNER.
Well! We will be getting the best judges in the South-East to handle this pageant and we will entirely focus more on creativity, ability to learn, representation of the City Onitsha and most importantly modeling skills.
WHAT DO THE WINNERS STANDS TO GAIN FROM THE PAGEANT
What the winners stands to gain from the pageant. We categorize it this way that the star price is N250,000 which goes to the winner. Then N100,000 goes to the 1st runner up with other packages that follows it.
And N50,000 goes to the 2nd runner up with other packages that follows it. One year of make over by SHOXZY Beautyfix, Skin care product from VEE skin care Organi, Airtel Products, Startimes products and National and International runways. Exclusive training on any skill of choice, Nollywood movie contract, Exclusive training on phonics.
WHAT DOES THE TERM FEMINIST MEAN TO YOU?
Feminist to me means a lot. I am the type that supports gender equality. Because I believe females also can change the world. The contemporary society we are living in now believes in what you can be able to offer to the society. So it throws a bigger challenge to the both genders likely to what popular artist Tekno sanged in one of his numerous tracks which he said women’s education no longer ends in the Kitchen but thrives to strengthen the society embodiments so I am not against feminism.
HOW WOULD YOU DEAL WITH NUDITY AND INDECENT DRESSING WHICH IS A NORM IN MOST PAGEANTRY?
Indecent dressing is not a thing we will promote in the pageant, because our main focus is promoting our cultural heritage and projecting our city in a positive light, so we will have a campaign too against nudity in pageants.
WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT AT THE END OF THE PAGEANTRY?
Well, I pray for it to be a successful event which will produce excellent and beauty with brain here in Onitsha that will represents us at any level and the world at large will know that we have beautiful, talented, Intelligent and braniac too here in Onitsha.
HOW ARE YOU PLANNING TO INFUSE THE CULTURAL EXCELLENCE OF ONITSHA TO THE PAGEANTRY?
What we are selling through this pageant is the cultural heritage of the ancient Onitsha Kingdom. We will use this pageant to promote the rich cultural heritage of the Onitsha people, to promote the language, to promote the spirit of oneness and togetherness.
Contestants will educate our audience and entertain them with the beautiful attires thereby promoting made in Nigeria goods.
HAS ANY ISSUES COME UP IN THE COURSE OF RUNNING THE OPERATIONS.
Ehmmn! The issue we are drastically facing while running this pageantry is sponsors. You know it is not easy organizing such a big event. So we are using this opportunity to call for sponsors to come and sponsor us to this dream to come true.
WHAT DOES ONITSHA MEAN TO YOU?
Onitsha means everything to me. According to the popular highlife artist named Chief Ikem Mazeli (OZODINA OBI CHUKWU) sanged in one of his numerous tracks he said “Onicha Ado di n’ ugwu n’ ene ndi ndida anya”. Onitsha is a blessing to the igboland. Whatever you want to see in Onitsha you will see it. Onitsha will make you and Onitsha will also mare you. Onitsha is indeed a blessed City.
ENTERTAINMENT WISE, WHERE DO YOU SEE ONITSHA IN THE NEAREST FUTURE.
You know Onitsha has been lagging behind when it comes to entertainment. But this era, entertainment here in Onitsha is gradually booming because so many entertainments platforms has spranged up, spreading their tentacles to every nook and cranny to boost entertainment in Onitsha. I must commend the likes of Zoro (Swag bag), MC. Unku sp and MC. I go TUK (The main market man) and other entertainment gurus out there in one way or the other reshaping the bad shape of Onitsha into good one. They are the ambassadors of Onitsha representing Onitsha to the world. So with these I am seeing Onitsha in the nearest future as best competing with Lagos state entertainment.
WHAT STEPS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO IMPROVE THE ENTERTAINMENT SECTOR IN ONITSHA.
In this aspect, so many steps are required to improve entertainment sectors in Onitsha.
- Educating the mindsets of Onitsha people based on what entertainment is all about and the need for it.
- Organizing a talent hunts in Onitsha through which has been taking place I extend my kudos to Onitsha got talent. They are at apex of it.
- Redressing the security issues in Onitsha for people to feel safe at night when one or two events are going on at night.
- Mounting a heavy street light to all junctions and roads just for easy movement at night. They say that light is life.
- Building many Television houses here in Onitsha that will strongly backbone both cultural and social life of Onitsha and it’s environs.
- Creating an online Television that can showcase the activities of Onitsha to the world. I also extend my kudos to TNRTV for their work so far.
- Inviting different companies to help sponsor many events, because without that an event dies off.
With this few points of mine I think Onitsha Entertainment will be seen to be at apex of entertainment.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO THE YOUTH IN AND FROM ONITSHA?
My advice to the youth out there is that, they should hold stead fast to God, believing in yourself that whatever you are doing that it shall prosper. And I am also calling all the youth both residents and Indigenes to come together so that we can make Onitsha great again “Maka na asina okwu onicha adibago ka esi kwue.
Transformation is in our hands.
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