The 2017 edition of Miss Nigeria USA pageant would hold on Saturday in New York, the organizers of the annual beauty contest has said.
The Director of the Miss Nigeria USA pageant, Ms Joy Fakhoury, told the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in New York that 17 contestants would participate in the beauty contest.
The 16 finalists are Miss Abia, Abuja, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo and Rivers.
The winner of the fourth Miss Nigeria USA beauty pageant would cart away 10,000 dollars in prizes, Fakhoury said.
Fakhoury said the mission of the pageant, which holds annually since 2014, was to display the richness and cultural values of Nigeria to the U.S. and the global community.
“Miss Nigeria USA title is earned through hard work and dedication, demonstration of self-confidence, beauty, intelligence and elegance.
“The mission is to find, appreciate and promote women with strong goals and interest in promoting the Nigerian culture and supporting causes related to education and women empowerment.
“The pageant is raising the profile of the Nigerian young women to expand their opportunities while illuminating their outer beauty and also to empower women by creating a forum and opportunity for competition among the most brilliant and beautiful women of Nigeria.”
According to her, the contest aims to empower young Nigerian women and support them towards achieving their individual goals as they promote their culture.
She said the pageant provided young Nigerian women the forum to share not only their platform and their talent, but the opportunity to express their views on local, regional, national and global issues pertaining to Nigeria.
It also provides opportunities to young women to represent Nigeria and its culture abroad, she added.
“We support the Nigerian culture by using this model of competition. This experience prepares them to accept life’s challenges and to produce role models who exemplify and promote positive values amongst Nigerians.”
NAN reports that the reigning Miss Nigeria USA is Lola Abeni Adeoye, a 2014 alumnus of the School of Communications at Howard University.NAN