The Ibom hall, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State came alive on Friday, December 30, 2016, as the grand finale of the 16th edition of Miss Niger Delta Peace Cultural pageant held.
After a keen contest involving 24 contestants, the show climaxed with the crowning of a new queen, Iniobong Okon, a 400 level student of Ebonyi State University.
Congratulating Miss Okon for emerging winner, President of Miss Niger Delta Organisation, Prince Sodin Akiagba, said that the show focuses on re-orientation of values, socio-cultural integration, peace promotion, talent and skills development, capacity building for self-reliance, self-employment and empowerment of female youths of the region.
“The show is not about fanfare of crowning beauty queens but one event that is aimed at assisting young females from the region to play their roles as ambassadors for peace and development in the nation. Since inception of the Miss Niger Delta pageant in 1999, the events and projects of the pageant have served as a veritable platform to project the image of the region positively. Also, it promotes the rich cultural heritage of the region in culture, fashion, music, dance, the beauty and unique sites of tourism potentials,” Akiagba stated.
The new queen, Iniobong Okon said: “I’m very grateful to God and my parents for their support during the competition. I will use my reign to impact positively on the lives of people in the region and be a good ambassador of the organization.”
Artistes that performed during the show include Harry Song, Ikpa Udoh, Lafin Gas, Rock Nana, Dear Kelly, Don A and Okpo Real, Ice Kid, Aphysiks, General Ode, Skanky Master, The Soundforce Band and Lady B.