Miss Nigeria 2021: How 18-year-old hijab-wearing model emerged winner

ByOnu Stephen

History was made on Friday night when Shatu Garko became the first-ever hijab-wearing model to win the Miss Nigeria pageant.

The 18-year-old horse rider beat 18 other contestants to emerge as the 44th Miss Nigeria.

The event was held on Friday night at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Miss Nigeria 2021 represented the North-west zone at the competition.

Nicole Ikot was the first runner-up, while Kasarachi Okoro emerged as the second runner-up at the contest.

The outgoing queen, Etsanyi Tukura, who hailed from Taraba State, handed her successor the crown at the colourful ceremony

The new queen Nigeria won N10m, a 1-year residency at a luxury apartment, a brand new car, and other mouth-watering brand ambassadorship opportunities.

According to the organisers, the pageant showcases the positive attributes of Nigerian women every year.

This year’s edition is the 44th.

“Thousands of applications (were)received. The number was pruned down to the top 37 and an additional 3 wildcard semi-finalists.

“The general public then got a chance to contribute to the process of choosing the 21 finalists who made it into the Miss Nigeria Bootcamp, which has now been further cut down to the top 18 finalists who will be going into the finale,” said Chioma Nwigwe, Manager of the Miss Nigeria organisation

During her speech, the new queen said she is passionate about proving that religion and culture are not barriers to following one’s dreams and achieving whatever a person sets out to achieve.

She also promised to uphold the ideals of the Miss Nigeria pageant.

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