Saturday, 18 February 2017

Even Churches Conduct Beauty Pageants—Queen Ijeoma Okafor

Queen Ijeoma Okafor is the reigning Face of Nigeria World 'Miss Tourism'

Ijeoma who was crowned winner on October 30 2016, at a glamorous ceremony held in Lagos debunked insinuations from some quarters that beauty pageantry is full of immorality, stemming from the Miss Anambra sex scandal that went viral online. 

She disclosed to Vanguard Woman's Own by chat saying it was quite unfortunate that it happened, but despite all odds, disciplined and decent ladies abound in the industry.

According to her, "Beauty pageantry is serious business. It takes a lot of hard work and discipline to get to the top and should not be seen as an easy come, easy go thing. But it is quite unfortunate that Miss Chidinma, winner, Anambra state 'Miss Face of Democracy' pageant got herself involved in such a mess."

The Enugu State-born beauty queen won 'Miss Tourism' in the just concluded season 3 of the 'Face of Nigeria World' beauty pageant.

Ijeoma is of the opinion that sometimes, either selfish interest from a sponsor or overzealousness of a candidate plays out when a contestant lacks confidence to prove her worth. 

She said,"Some pageantry involves thorough investigation and background check of candidates before the contest, while some are free, fair with no scandal. The question of morality here is brought to the fore by genuine producers and that's why pageantry is more businesslike than fun. I do not subscribe to some schools of thought that say beauty pageants are full of sex scandals. Even religious organisations nowadays conduct pageants.