What was your experience being the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) 2021?
Being the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in 2021 was a life changing experience. I think that is the word that readily comes to mind.
Imagine a little girl like me to get all this attention, it was a very different experience. I got a lot of opportunities I would not have had. It’s definitely been a life changing journey,
What major project did you embark on during your tenure?
I work with children living with cancer here in Lagos. They are located at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba. We were able to raise funds for children that have cancer. This is still an ongoing process.
What prompted you to embark on such project?
I lost my dad 11 years ago to cancer, so this project is dear to my heart. It’s a very personal thing to me.
My aim is to ensure I do my part to help bring awareness cancer and also support people with cancer.
Who influenced you the most while growing up?
My father definitely influenced me the most while growing up. He thought me a lot of life lessons at a young age.
What is your kind of fashion sense?
I won’t really say I have a fashion sense. I love to look good. I love to dress up. I love to look good all together, I wear anything that fits my figure; people are going to remember you the way you look, the things they see before they even know your personality or what you have to say.
I’m a nurse. I work in ER & ICU, I have a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas and Arlington, USA.
Lots of Nigerians are going outside the country for greener pastures, you are not going back?
For now, I shuttle between Nigeria and USA.
You left USA as a nurse? What are you doing here now?
MBGN was a life long dream for me. I am back home fulfilling a dream that my father and I shared together.
I modelled when I was younger. I’m into pageantry; Miss World was my 5th pageant since I began in 2012.
How is your mum?
She’s good. She lives here in Lagos.
How do you handle male admirers as a beauty queen?
A lot of time, I don’t see it. I try to focus on what I’m doing. I don’t pay a lot of attention because I’m currently focused on reaching my goals
What is your kind of man?’
Obviously, I want someone that is like my father. Someone that has a heart for God, biggest thing.
A lot of my friends can attest to the fact that I’m very down to earth and I don’t think this achievement has changed that side of me.
You have a beautiful skin. Any beauty routine?
I’m a minimalist as far as it comes to routines and skin care. I actually use a brand called Mira skin care.
How did your mum feel after you emerged as MBGN?
After they crowned me, she ran on the stage very excited and happy.
Initially, I was not sure but it got to a point that I began to see myself as the winner and at that point was very hopeful that I would emerge the queen.
You were at Miss World competition, how does that experience helped you?
Miss world has really shaped me. Meeting 100 different girls, and personalities from different countries. I went there very confident hoping I would go in and wow the whole world, it’s a very humbling experience but it taught me that I was greater than just that experience and still have more to offer. I still connect with most of these beautiful girls.
Who has inspired you as a queen before now?
I think the most obvious, is Agbani Darego. They used to call me Agbani as a child. I have always grown up loving her. I love a whole lot of them.
Tell us a bit about your growing up that informed the personality you are today?
Pageantry is a thing I shared with my dad. My dad died 11 years ago. When he was alive, it something I had wanted me to do. I grew up in Nigeria. After my father passed on, I did my first ever pageant and won and since then carried on with pageant.
Miss World was my 5th pageant. I owe it to my dad. I enjoy the fact that I can be beautiful and confident and still pursue other passions in my heart. I’m also a registered nurse. I’m one of the major frontline fighters during COVID. I have a roller coaster life. It’s very challenging.
Lots of beauty queens are faced with harassment of all sorts. Does that occur to you?
I haven’t had any harassment so far in MBGN. I think a lot has to do with how you carry yourself. I think a lot of times, it has to do with you setting your boundaries. If you are uncomfortable make sure you talk to somebody, I have to go around with my chaperon just to avoid this.