The Pan-Africa Christian University College (PACUC) has held it maiden beauty pageant to crown its queen. The event was organized by the Student Representative Council with the purpose of promoting decency among modern Africa ladies.
Apart from beauty and grace on the catwalk, the models were also supposed to show that they had brains, too. It was the first ever event of its kind in the school, and it was quite a success.
Despite the biting cold that defines the area at night, the models and organisers pulled out all stops to make the event a hit.
It was all colour and glamour when more than 10 students who had been scouted from the school took part. They showcased traditional, formal and casual wear as music boomed at the assembly hall.
At the end of the event that went past 11p.m., 19-year-old Maureen Chinyere Ikechukwu emerged the winner. She was outstanding in her stage style and dressing, and she gave a talk on theme ‘Promoting Decency in the Modern African Lady.’ impressed the judges and the audience.
ChinyereIkechukwu, who is a Human Resource student, could not hide her excitement. ‘It is a surprise that I have managed to shine among others. And to be honest, this was too far from my expectations,’ she said.
The first runner- up Destiny UnunumaZigede and Doris Okeere, second runner-up did not sound any different from ChinyereIkechukwu: they said ‘We will encourage team work and promote decency among females’.
In her speech, the Women Commissioner Ms. Bernice Stephanie Baku congratulated all the contestants, especially winners, advising them to take part in similar competitions beyond the school.
‘I am grateful to parents who give their children a chance to take part in these competitions and to you (students), it’s your turn to prove that you can build on what you have,’ she said.
The crown holder’s aims to use her position to organise events aimed promoting decency among females. She would also like to organise community service initiatives both in the campus and the neighbouring community. On a lighter side, Maureen ChinyereIkechukwu would like to crusade against skin bleaching which has for long been associated with some females.
Her hobbies include reading novels, playing basketball and singing. She has had to make a few adjustments to her lifestyle now that she is Miss PACUC. She is conscious on where to hang out and with whom. Her parting shot? ‘Never give up and believe in yourself as an Africa woman’.
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