A star studded cast of eminent personality?s judges for the Miss Nigeria Beauty Pageant taking place Saturday evening at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island.
Honourable Abike Dabiri, Chairman of House Committee on Diaspora Affairs heads the cast of six judges and three Guest Judges who will determine the most beautiful girl in Nigeria, when the show kicks off at 7pm.
Other members of the six-man judging team are: Yemi Keri, CEO, Edo ICT Agency; Mrs Betty Irabor,CEO   & Editor-in-Chief Genevieve Magazine; Banke Ola; Miss Sally Mbanefo, Director General Nigeria Tourism Development Agency and 1979 Miss Nigeria winner, Helen Prest.
Former Super Eagles skipper, Jay Jay Okocha leads two others as Guest Judges for the pageant, which is the oldest beauty event in the country having debuted in 1957.
The former footballer will be assisted by Miss Universe Ghana 2012, Miss Gift Ofori and reigning Miss Tanzania, Miss Milen Megase.
Meanwhile, guests at the event will have the opportunity of seeing live the first ever woman to be crowned Miss Nigeria as Mrs. Grace Tinuke Onyelude, who was crowned in 1957, is the Special Guest of Honour for the event holding at the Main Banquet Hall of the Intercontinental Hotel.
Now 82, Chief Onyelude has explained how she was a reluctant contestant some 56 years ago only entering because her younger brother submitted her photograph to the organisers.
?It was my younger brother that saw the advert and entered for me before I even knew of it. All I wanted at that time was to become a trained nurse; to be able to take care of people.
?When he came to me he said, ?I have something for you but you have to give me something ? six pence? then he showed me a copy of the Daily Times newspaper with my picture in it. He had already sent my picture to them earlier.
Then I was asked to fly to Lagos. I hadn?t flown in an airplane before. That was my first time.?
The former nursing beauty, who was just 26 at the time, vividly remembers how the event that was to change her life took place.
?There was no cat walking and all the other things they do now.  We were asked to walk round the Island Club (in Lagos) once or twice while Bobby Benson played. After that we were asked to go and sit down.?
The former Director, Nursing Services of the ABU Teaching Hospital, Zaria also explained how the news of her victory was broken to her.
?It was after midnight and I was falling asleep – I was a bush girl my dear. I was falling asleep then someone tapped me on my shoulder. It was Lady Alakija and Mr Adewale they said I should stand up. I stood up and they took me to the centre of the stage and announced me as the winner. That was how I became Miss Nigeria!? she said in the run up to this year?s edition of the pageant.

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