Meet All The Most Beautiful Girls in Nigeria (MBGN) Pageantry Ever, Nigeria has had a long line of beauty queens at the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) pageantry as far back as 1986. While they are all ex beauty queens, these seven have been able to stand out as we give a rundown of the seven most beautiful ex-queens to have won the prestigious title.
Bianca Ojukwu (1988):
In December 1988, Odumegwu-Ojukwu was crowned Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria. She also achieved a milestone by becoming the first African to win Miss Intercontinental. She also represented Nigeria at Miss World and Miss Universe and was named Miss Congeniality at the now defunct Miss Charm International in Russia where she was a semi-finalist. It was revealed she was romantically involved with late Biafran leader Chuwkwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu in 1989, a man she later got married to till his death in 2011. In 2011, she was appointed Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Affairs by President Goodluck Jonathan while in 2012 she was named Nigeria’s ambassador to Spain. She has also been a former ambassador to Ghana.
Regina Askia-Williams (1989):
Regina Askia-Williams first wore the crown of a queen when she was crowned Miss Unilag back in 1988. That same year, she came second in MBGN but earned the crown when the reigning queen Bianca Onoh (Bianca Ojuwkwu) resigned.In 1990, she was Nigeria’s representative at Miss Charm International and placed second. She later went on to become a star actress following her role in soap opera Fortunes back in 1993. She won “Best Actress in Nigeria” at the Afro Hollywood Awards in 2000 and has been compared to Elizabeth Taylor. She has her own fashion label Regine Fashions and is currently a registered nurse in New York and married to Rudy Williams with children.
Nike Oshinowo (1991):
Born Adenike Asabi Oshinowo, she is not the same woman that won the MBGN crown over two decades ago. Shortly after obtaining her degree from the University of Sussex, Oshinowo, who was mentored by former Miss Nigeria Helen Prest-Davies, represented Rivers at the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant and became its first Yoruba winner in 1991.After her reign which saw her compete at Miss World, Oshinowo featured in a commercial for Venus cosmetics and hosted a fashion and beauty show on Nigerian television. She is fluent in five languages including Japanese and French; she is currently a pageant director and style icon.
Agbani Darego (2001):
The name Agbani Darego does not need much introductions as she was crowned MBGN in 2001 and went ahead to be the first black African to become Miss World. The feat won her national honour of MFR. Prior to the Miss World pageantry, Agbani Darego, was a contestant at Miss Universe which got her an invite from international model Naomi Campbell to participate in Frock ‘n’ Roll – a charity fashion show in Barcelona. She became the first Nigerian to be among the top ten semi-finalist at Miss Universe and the only Black African semi-finalist that year. Contrary to the tradition of wearing a bikini, she wore a maillot during the swimsuit competition. Following her reign as Miss World, she signed a three year contract with L’Oreal becoming the only second black model to achieve this. SEE MORE ON PAGE 2