Monday, 22 July 2013

Miss Bayelsa Wins MBGN, Becomes Gov’s Aide

EIGHTEEN-year-old Anna Banner has been crowned the 26th Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria.
The young lady, who contested as Miss Bayelsa on Saturday night, received the crown from her predecessor, Isabella Ayuk, at  the grand finale  in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
The 5.6-foot  fair complexioned  teenager  beat  Stephanie Okwu (Miss Imo) and Powede Lawrence(Miss Adamawa)  to the second and  third  positions respectively,  at the event marked by musical performances and motivational talks.
With the victory, Banner won a brand new car. She will  represent Nigeria at the Miss World 2013 finale in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The pageant,  organised by Silverbird Group,  was hosted by the Bayelsa State Government in Yenagoa.

Speaking shortly after she was crowned, Banner,  who  disclosed that she was “temporarily pleasantly shocked” when she was declared the winner,  described the feat as a product of a long -cherished dream.
She urged children and  youths to be faithful to their dreams, saying, “You will never know where you will be tomorrow.”
Host Governor  Seriake Dickson  saluted all the 32 contestants that took part in the pageant and lauded the  Bruce family for their commitment to the growth of  the  entertainment  industry in the country.
Dickson said the contestants had the opportunity to visit  tourist centres in the state during the two weeks they stayed there.
He added that the state would host another edition of the pageant holding in September to mark Nigeria’s centenary, and the other ones in the coming years.
“We are doing this to demonstrate our commitment to tourism development as another avenue for generating revenue outside oil. We look forward to hosting the MGBN annually and winners will be cultural ambassadors of our state,” the governor  added.
 Dickson made  Banner  an honorary special assistant on tourism and culture.
Also at the event were the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Chief Edem Duke, star actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde and   a former coach of the Super Eagles, Samson Siasia.

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