- Nigeria's Igbo masquerade-themed costume at the just-concluded Miss Universe 2021 pageant has won the best national costume
- The masquerade costume made using African beads, stones and crafts was worn by the country's representative, Maristela Okpala
- According to her, the Mmanwa is a female masquerade costume that celebrates the rich cultural heritage in the country while paying more attention to women's strength
Nigerian costume fashioned after a local masquerade has been adjudged the best costume at the just-concluded Miss Universe 2021 contest, The Punch reports.
The outfit which won the Best National Costume at the contest held in Eliat Israel was rocked by Nigeria's representative, Maristela Okpala.
The costume wasn't designed by a Nigerian
Legit.ng gathered that the award-winning costume was designed by Filipino designer, Kennedy Jhon Gasper.
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Maristela had explained that the costume was inspired by a female Southeastern masquerade called Mmanwa and reflects the strong will of women in attaining enviable heights irrespective of the odds and obstacles.
According to the model, the outfit was made using African beads, crafts and stones.
Miss Universe Pageant is an annual international contest that boasts 500 million viewers in over 190 territories and is one of the most-watched pageants in the world.
It is run by a US-based organization.
Nigerians share their thoughts on the development
Akinola M Olatunde remarked:
"The youths are making us proud while the elder are just taking us backward."
Chima Smart Okoro opined:
"This is a good one, congratulations to you Okpala, Igbo culture to the world."
Flameice DA Lordrhyme stated:
"Igbo the most intelligent race in AFRICA, Others follow our foot step to improve."
Ismail Muhammad wrote:
"Good one! More grease to your elbow dear and God bless Nigeria"
Akujuobi Joseph Chidozie said:
"She's smart to put up to this outfit at the just concluded Miss universe pageant show .
"Being aware that they cannot by any means crown her as Miss universe because of her race as an African.
"Congratulations to you my sister.
"We love you dearly."
Davido's daughter dazzles in mermaid outfit for Halloween
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Davido's daughter had stunned in a mermaid-inspired Halloween outfit.
Imade and some of her friends looked dashing in different Halloween-inspired looks and Nigerians can't stop talking about the kids.
The daughter of the musician appeared as a mermaid with her long red hair and pink dress that depicts the look of the river goddess.
In one of the videos she shared on her Instagram page she was heard telling one other kid that 'you can lie' and the statement got people talking.