She is a Beauty queen. And her name is Precious Chikwendu. This stunning beauty represented Nigeria at the Miss United Nations World Beauty pageant in 2014. Not only did she sponsor herself to the event she got herself well groomed with her own resources up to the required international standard. With the confidence of a lioness and the heart of an amazon she embarked on this great journey which ultimately brought not only tremendous recognition to Nigeria but also immense respect. She contested in this intimidating international pageant which took place on 7th July, 2014 in Kingston, Jamaica.
Precious competed against a host of other participants who came with the full bscking of corporate and individual sponsors from their respective countries, intimidating delegations, large crowds of international celebrities and well-heeled supporters and other nerve-wracking credentials. They came from countries like the United States of America, Great Britain, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, the Ukraine, Russia, Japan, Guyana, Martinique, Gaudalupe, the Bahamas, Australia, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica (the host nation) and many others.
Amidst all this, Precious Chikwendu of Nigeria, was all alone. She had no sponsors, no delegation, no international celebrities, no corporate giants, no media gurus, no lobbyists and no Olympian credentials to back her. The only things she had were her natural beauty, her warm charm, her brains, her university degree, her confidence, her faith in God and an impressive catalogue of the sterling achievements of her numerous works of charity here in Nigeria.
Despite the tough competition and the intimidating obstacles and factors that she was faced with, she worked her socks off and got through to the final where she, in spite of all the odds, became the winner of the keenly contested pageant. This achievement makes her, not only the first ever Nigerian to have won the crown but also the first ever African to have emerged as winner in the prestigious pageant whose rules, conditioning and criteria for winning are more stringent than most. This has brought honor and glory to her fatherland and further projected Nigeria as a country of not just resilient and hardworking people but also a country where beauty and brains can walk and work gallantly hand in hand.