The mother of the current Miss little Silverbird in Edo State, has accused the media house of bad faith for refusing to give her daughter all the prizes that went with her winning the contest in 2014.
Ms Tessa Anota-Aizebeokhai, who is the mother of the queen, Adorable, speaking at a press conference in Benin city, said the prizes announced in the media house before she enrolled her daughter for the contest among others, included a trip abroad with the queen mother for a two-week, endorsement engagements for the queen, and a documentary on the queen with her school mates and family. 
She said she was aware that her daughter was among 50 children who bought the form for the contest and was one of the 18 short-listed in a keen contest which she won and began to reign as 2014 Miss Little Silverbird from May 27 2014.
She said; “Like every other pageant, parents/guardians of the winners expected the prizes or reward for their children’s participation. This did not happen. Weeks entered into months and all the promises made by STV, Benin City, organizers of the pageant, as rewards for the winners are yet to be fulfilled, one year later”.
More worrisome, Anota-Aizebeokhai said, as months went by, the Queen continued to be “used” to carry out duties for Silverbird, without any payment, including voice over for advert jingles targeting children at Christmas, during the Ebola scourge and for the just concluded general Election.
“I ensured she was taken to the studio to do the work whenever Silverbird needed her. Sometimes, she was wanted in the middle of classes in her school, she even skipped classes which threatened her position in class while we waited for her rewards for emerging as Miss Silverbird 2014. Till date, she has gotten nothing for her victory and all the time she wasted”.
However, indications are that the 2013 Miss Little Silverbird, like Miss Adorable, the 2014 Queen, suffered a similar fate as she did not get any of the prizes promised while she reigned as queen from May 2013 till May 2014.
Meanwhile as the media house begins a campaign for the 2015 Miss little Silverbird, Ms Anota-Aizebeokhai has cautioned parents to be wary of being part of contents where organisers use innocent children to score cheap ratings in the eyes of the public. She called for a change of attitude.


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