The first edition of Mother-Daughter Pageant Nigeria, MDPN, went down over the weekend in Calabar with team Angee Gift comprising Angela and Gift emerging winners of the night, carting away a whopping N2 million.
The show which was organised by Silverbird Entertainment is the first of its kind in West Africa and is aimed at cementing the bond between mother and child.
According to the founder of Silverbird Group, Ben Murray Bruce, “the concept was birthed to become a platform to reckon with in family entertainment whilst promoting and strengthening family bonds.
‘‘Being the first of its kind in West Africa, it is aimed at celebrating the love and bond shared between mother and child and giving Nigerian mothers and young daughters an opportunity to celebrate their womanhood.”
During their stay, a series of activities were carried out by each mother and daughter such as cooking competition, fashion show, game night, talent hunt, etc.
Voting was 60 percent from home viewers, 30 percent from the judges and 10 percent from the live audience on the grand finale.
Meanwhile, contestants for Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria are presently in camp in Calabar as the pageant prepares to kick-off.
MBGN’s biggest achievement was in 2001 when Computer Science and Mathematics student, Agbani Darego became the first native Sub-Saharan to clinch the Miss World title, and the first Nigerian in the top ten at Miss Universe.
At least three MBGN winners have previously competed at Miss Nigeria: Omasan Buwa, Sylvia Nduka, and Isabella Ayuk Miss Nigeria 2002, Sylvia Edem, was in the top five at MBGN 1998, as was Miss Nigeria 1993 Pharmacy graduate, Janet Fateye who had competed in MBGN 1992 as Kemi Fateye.
Many MBGN winners have pursued careers in entertainment, including Sabina Umeh, Regina Askia, Emma Komlosy who reigned for the longest period in MBGN history from 1996 to1998 and till date remains MBGN’s only mixed-race winner, Celia Bissong, Munachi Nwankwo, Lynda Chuba-Ikpeazu and Omasan Buwa have moved into politics.


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