On Saturday, November 7, 22-year old computer science graduate of University of Port Harcourt, Pamela Peter-Vigboro Leesi was crowned Miss Nigeria 2015, at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Pamela who was representing Cross-River state, emerged winner after a tight competition with her fellow contestants who resented the 36 states in Nigeria respectively.
Among the top four finalists includes Miss Oyo, Miss Adamawa, Miss Anambra, Miss Osun and the winner Miss Cross River. It was reported that Miss Oyo emerged second runner-up as Miss Jigawa and Cross River were held up in tie but was settled as each of them were made to come up with a business idea in 30 seconds.
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After seconds of battling with their business ideas, the judges were more pleased with Pamela’s response and crowned her winner.
The judges includes top designers Mai Atafo, Lanre Da Silva and Audu Maikori, Helen Prest Ajayi, Ruth Isume, Isoken Ogimwoniyi, Chima Ude and Jumoke Adenowo.
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Pamela, who was crowned Miss Nigeria 2015 by the out-going queen, Miss Ezinne Akudo, won the grand prize of N3 million cash, a brand new Kia Rio car, six months skill acquisition programme in any institution of choice, a year serviced apartment, and an all-expense paid trip abroad.
Notable personalities present at the event include Chief Segun Osoba, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, Dr. Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo, and Mr. Innocent Oparadike, all of whom were former Managing Directors of Daily Times; Senator Daisy Danjuma; and Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke, and several notable entertainment and society personalities.
In its 39th edition this year, the Miss Nigeria beauty pageant was founded and first organized by the Daily Times in 1957. The winner of the maiden edition, Madam Grace Atinuke Oyelude, who was an employee of the United African Company (UAC), then and is now 82-year old, was also present at the event and was presented with a brand new Peugeot 601 saloon car by Heritage Bank