After series of contests, Miss Adaora Ndidigwe, recently emerged winner of the 2017 edition of the Nigerian Cultural Queen Pageant, beating 23 other contestants.
As part of the competition, the contestants thrilled guests with joint choreography performance, and individual traditional dances to represent their states in its attires.
The models also walked down the aisle in creative African outfits and diner outfits made of African fabrics.
The event also featured live performances from various singers.
Speaking at the event, centered on celebrating Nigerian cultural diversity, the Chief Executive Officer, Gold Point Productions, organisers of Pageant, Ben Okafor, said the concept is geared towards rebuilding the Nigerian culture
According to him, culture is a way of life and it is going down. “This is a platform to catch, talk to the youths and bring back our cultural value. This is not a beauty pageant; it is aimed to bring back our rich cultural heritage to the youths.
“Beyond the beauty, we are looking out for the Queen that will understand where she is coming from, knows her tradition, culture, their foods, dressing, greetings and language. We promote decency in our pageant and we want to see the tribe of our models showcased in the outfits they wear for the pageant.
“Our culture can build the economy, promote tourism and develop the nation. Understanding each other’s culture would help to bring the unity and restore peace,” he said.
Ndidigwe, who had been aspiring to be crowned a Queen in the last four years said, the position would enable her accomplish all the projects she had been working on prior to the pageant.
“I have a project to introduce teaching of culture and girl child empowerment to school curriculum. This will ensure that future generations are protected. I have mapped out 15 schools to sort with and I will extend to other schools,” she said