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MBGN 2007



It seems that this week is the beauty pageant week.
The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant took place in Lagos last night.
Here is an exclusive look at the winner of the contest as well as the other contestants.
The winner is 19-year old Miss ImoMunachi Nwankwo
Congrats to her!

Other winners include Miss Anire Afejuku (MBGN Model), Erica Ekundaye (MBGN ECOWAS), Sakana Dikko (MBGN Tourism), and Ebinabo-Potts Johnson (MBGN Universe).
Eyakunse Inyang (Cross River) as Miss Photogenic; Best Traditional Costume was presented to Titi Adelakun, who represented Lagos State. Jennifer Onose of Abuja got Miss Amity Award.
However, what appeared to many as the best award, apart from the one earned by the overall winner, was a million Naira cheque presented to Miss Goodness Udom of Akwa Ibom State by the management of La Casera. The company was given the opportunity to choose any of the girls they deemed fit as Miss La Casera.

All The Contestants
MISS ABUJA (Miss Amity) – Onose Jennifer
MISS ADAMAWA – Chibueze Yvonne
MISS AKWA IBOM (Miss La Casera N1 million prize)- Goodness Udo.E
MISS ANAMBRA – Chinedu Odukpe

MISS BAYELSA – Ibinabo Potts Johnson (1st runner up – Miss MBGN Universe)

MISS BORNO – Titilayo Ademoluti
MISS CROSS RIVER (Miss Photogenic) – Eyakuse Inyang

MISS DELTA – Karen Young
MISS EBONYI – Precious Osa-Edoh

MISS EDO – Erika Okundayo (3rd runner up – Miss MBGN Ecowas)

MISS ENUGU – Sandra Iwu
MISS EKITI – Christine Arodiogbu

MISS GOMBE – Udokwu Chisom

MISS IMO – Munachi Nwankwo (Overall Winner – MBGN World)

MISS KWARA – Bello Adeola
MISS LAGOS (Best Traditional Costume) – Titilayo Adelagun

MISS NASARAWA – Taiwo Adeyinka
MISS NIGER – Eseoghene Iwhiwhu

MISS OGUN – Anire Afejuku (4th runner up, MBGN Model)

MISS ONDO – Okorie Chinasa
MISS OYO – Bola Fawole

MISS PLATEAU (2nd runner up, Miss MBGN Tourism) – Sakana Dikku

MISS RIVERS – Isabel Ashipa
MISS TARABA – Sandra Ejibas

MISS YOBE – Chioma Ukah

Contestants’ Glamour Shots

THE EVENT (photos courtesy purefoto)

Tosin Dekalu ~ Foluso Olowude ~ Juliet Haggermann

Francisca Owumi ~ Abiola Bashorun (MBGN 2006) ~ Stella Damasus Aboderin

Sokari Briggs ~ Cecil Hammond
Big Brother Nigeria contestants

So what do you think of the winner? The other contestants? Does Munachi have a chance at the Miss World crown? I will have some more pics and info up later.
By the way, the ThisDay Style covering the ThisDay Awards is online now – check on it – HERE. Have a fab day!!

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  1. Ladybrille

    March 29, 2007 at 6:19 am

    Hi Bella,

    Fun post! What do I think? Hmmmm . . . I am defintely not crazy about the “glamour” or swimwear aspect of it. Not crazy about the makeup and unsure with the fact that almost everyone has a weave. Although some of the weaves are not as bad. I’m assuming the judges judged beyond looks. . . The winner looks great. Making a decision just on what I see, which would be only looks, I would give it hands down to Ms.Crossriver. Her hair is clean and on point. Her makeup is okay, a bit much, like the others but her smile makes up for it. I do like the winner also. She’d be at least first runner up. Keep up the great work and it’s nice to see all kinds of interesting personalities on your blog. I got a call today from a friend asking if I know a bloger by the name of Bella Naija , lol! Word is getting round. Do ya thang gurl!

  2. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 6:54 am

    I’m Second!!! I’m gering there!!

  3. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 7:01 am

    Okay, so Miss Anonymous will reveal herself when she comes first! (I’m sure you can guess who i am, *wink,wink*). What is up with the ladies of MBGN?! From the make-up to the hair (ahem, weaves!) horrible, the model shot were nice though. Miss Imo isn’t bad actually; i wish her the best. Go on girl! Make Naija proud!

  4. Nanya

    March 29, 2007 at 8:15 am

    I think she’s pretty; generally all pretty girls. Not loving the hair/makeup or styling but overall not bad. Thanks for the pictures.

  5. Dimples

    March 29, 2007 at 9:43 am

    LOL..I was actually about to say that Munachi Nwankwo was the preetist of the bunch and I thought she would win..but duh!!!! Didn’t realise that results were in and she actually won…

    Nice choice terms of looks….but it would be nice to hear how she sounds…cos I remember going for the 2nd Miss Lux contest(the one Ifeoma Njoku-now Williams won)…the whole night eveyone had been routing for one particualr girl..that when it came down to the Q&A session this chic finished the crowd with her Igbotic accent(no offence to my Ibo peeps out there)…but damn that accent was just too much..even RMD who was the host couldn’t hold back his laughter.

    Totally agree with Ladybrille on the weaves and makeup issue…but anyways wish Munachi all the best o…and who knows she can be another Agbani and bring the crown back home.

    Nice one Bella!!!

  6. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 10:34 am

    Most the girls look busted. The girl in the royal blue bathing suit and blue choker beads is on FIREEEEEE!

  7. wienna

    March 29, 2007 at 11:03 am

    Not sure about d glamour pics either. They look a bit tacky to me. But of all d contestants, I like Miss Lagos & Plateau.

  8. Mr.Fineboy

    March 29, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    Great post! Bella, your blog is on point, I’m loving it! Ms. Nigeria is a cutie, and they’re actually all kinda hot! The glamour pics were nice…keep updating, Bella…don’t know how u do it!

  9. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    Miss Lagos ROCKS! Can’t believe she didn’t win.

  10. Bee

    March 29, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Not jumping in joy over any one of them actually…but i guess Miss Lagos, Miss Imo and Miss Plateau look OK. As for the rest of them ohh…… I will reserve my comments(but then again it could just be the bad make-up job).

  11. Ladybrille

    March 29, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    Bella,you can’t change the names and pics. after you publish. Ms. Delta was formerly Ms. Cross River! Okay, I’ll go by her name just in case her title changes, again 🙂 Ms. Karen Young is the MBGN on my list.

  12. low

    March 29, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    OK WHAT IS MISS LACASERA..lollllllllllllllll as in seriously!

    the make up….nah nah nah!!! That is what they get for trying trying to invest in top notch make up artists..

    Miss Ogun could have been finer now..pshh

  13. SET

    March 29, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Bella, I am here everyday. You inform me all the time. Thx for the post again. All these sisters are beautiful indeed.

  14. BOBBY

    March 29, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    I am not sure that the MBGN has to do only with facial beauty…

    Anyways, good job to the ladies and congratulations to the winner…!

    Great post Bella!

  15. Kpakpando

    March 29, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    na who dash that girl blue eyes? I see northerners still dont’ participate in these contests, too bad.

  16. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    For once this is one MBGN winner that i definately have to agree with in terms of looks. She’s very pretty and she has everything on point from Hair to Makeup to Outfit, you name it. I pray she does well. I wish her the best of luck.

  17. zaiprincesa

    March 29, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    lol @ miss lacasera.. and wots up with the first chic in the glamour shots doin “spirit fingers”?? stop..Thnx for the info, Bella.

  18. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    I’m worried oh. A lot of the girls are not good looking at all to me. I guess the pretty ones don’t contest because I know Nigeria has a lot of beauties. Anyway the winner seems deserving and I wish her all the best

  19. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    Miss Imo, notin do U! As nwanna concerned… U r already my Miss World. Y’all just let us know when the voting lines open for the Miss World contest, make we carry votes flood there. Sanjaya aint got notin on u babe… Infact i dey go open blog for miss Imo right away.
    Bella i no need to tell u say u dey beautiful na… ur name precedes U… Anyways thnks for the heads up… Miss World here we come… Straight from the Heartland… I just crack myself up… Make unu enjoy… make una no dey hate but try to dey appreciate… so dat we go relate… for another date… but no besay we be mate…lol time don reach for me to migrate!

  20. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    Miss Bella,i read ur blog all the time..u do try..u try…u are so on point!

  21. ababoypart2

    March 29, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    Pretty Girls..

  22. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    I’m happy with the turn out abeg. Miss Imo deserves it!

  23. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 7:22 pm



  24. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    better yet this link

    copy nd paste it on your browser

  25. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Bella – you never fail to deliver

    Very Good. I like Ms Taraba, she is very photogenic.

    I wish the winner and the other ladies the best of luck as the persue modelling careers.

    Noted that none of them had natural hair

  26. Anonymous

    March 29, 2007 at 9:15 pm


    Am the same anon above.

    Have you seen the legs on these girls? Wow, even as a woman I say, inches and inches of beautiful legs.

    PS – I could not place the glamour pictures with the ones above. My observation is weak!!!!

  27. Dammie

    March 29, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    B!!!!!!!!!….What is Lacaserasa {sp?}

  28. Mari

    March 30, 2007 at 1:39 am

    A whole bunch of anon comments- is blogger acting up?!

    I think the winner was the prettiest of the bunch just by looking at the pics. She had the crown right from go.

    Great post Bella, as always!


    March 30, 2007 at 3:18 am


  30. tatafo!

    March 30, 2007 at 5:06 am

    Ms. Lagos should have gotten 1s runner up, based on looks alone she beats the other runner up hands down!

    And how the hell do Igbo chicks be Ms. Adamawa and I can’t remember the other northern state. That’s so retarded….

  31. Chude!

    March 30, 2007 at 11:02 am

    [email protected] saying ‘the judges looked beyond looks’ – shoot me, but actually I think they looked at anything but looks! This winner? Ah-ah-ah. Okay shut up Chude!

    Would have been really cute if Miss Lagos had won; I hear she’s hooked to Mr. Nigeria – wouldnt that have been lovely?!lol.

    I like the way Tosin Dekalu is working the Lagos social circles these days – brilliant soul.

  32. Uzo

    March 30, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    she doesnt look good to me. and the other girls. i guess the days of Bianca Onoh and Regina Askia have passed. Mr Nigeria has a better chance internationally than these ladies

  33. Anonymous

    March 30, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    I just want to say that i visit this blog daily now and i want you to keep up the good work. We all appreciate being up to date with our Naija entertainment info. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Daddy's Girl

    March 30, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    Great job as usual, Bella! The make-up could’ve been much better on most of the girls, but I think they’re pretty. I liked Miss Lagos a lot, she’s very well-spoken.

    To the commenters asking about Miss LaCasera: LaCasera is a drink – one of the sponsors of the event. Guess they are sponsoring the prize that the girl won.

  35. Anonymous

    March 30, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    huh. Are these the most beautiful girls in Nigeria? Th only girls that are cute were Ms. Imo, Ms. Plateau and Ms. Lagos. The others looked busted.

  36. racquelle-cutie

    April 1, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    yeah the new miss nigeria is really pretty ,hope she’ll be able to perform at miss world

  37. chidi

    April 1, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    the gal is very pretty. i have to admit the fotos they took are very nice. i hope she (the new MBGN) wins the miss world thing

  38. Mona

    April 2, 2007 at 11:03 am

    some pretty girls here…

    nice purefoto coverage of the event

  39. Miss O.

    April 2, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    ummm…what of Miss Abia?!

  40. wetindey4us

    April 4, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    hey bella,
    nice post, im really glad naija is doing big things but 1 thing im not sure of is the make up on some of the girls..hmmmmmno comments for the make up ..but basically big up to them

  41. truth

    April 7, 2007 at 2:55 am

    Nice…I don’t mind bearing the name “Miss La Casera?” if it’ll fetch me the Gosh did it come at a high price for her or what. Miss Imo is….actually they are all really beautiful!I was also drawn to Miss Plateau and Isabel(right after Ms. Plateau).Imo stands a chance(with emphasis) at Miss World,no guarantees though;there are indeed beautiful women at that level too.
    As for you, I still have some beef for you….*wink*

  42. Anonymous

    April 8, 2007 at 2:05 am


  43. truth

    April 8, 2007 at 6:00 am

    @Anonymous 2:05am: are you refering to next year’s MBGN?Ahah, slow down now,this year’s winner hasn’t fallen off the throne/stage has she?it’s a yearly event and you don’t know next year’s participants until next year.I’ve heard funny questions but you get the ace this time around dear.

  44. Adaure

    April 8, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    As your Blogville MBGN insider 😉 Let me help some of you out.

    On Ms. La Casera : The new fruit drink which happens to be my fave now needed a new face to represent their product. Rather than go through the hassle of doing a search they decided to be the sponsor of MBGN and do their search that way. Kinda like a team effort. Since we needed a sponsor it just made sense. Pretty much they have provided a job for one of the girls plus One million naira. If things are in her favor she might get an extended contract and they might be back next year to pick another Ms. La Casera.

    On why Ms. Adamawa and fellow northern states are Igbo or missing: Well that’s an easy one. There are some state governments that specifically asked not to be(and take offence if) included in these pageants because they are Sharia states. Those other states that are represented obviously did not have any indigenes that were selected therefore the girls have to be assigned to represent states. If Ms. Adamawa who may have originally been from Kwara had been in the top 5 she would visit both states.

    On Selection process: This was very difficult and took an entire day. Indeed the girls are not judged only by their faces. They are judged by the way they speak, they are drilled on the spot in the presence of everybody so you have to be confident. There was a good mix of ladies and while it is kinda hard to show how intelligent you are in 5-10 minutes, sometimes that’s all the opportunity some people get to dazzle decision makers. Then came the part where the judges had to scrutinize every scar, cellulite, poochy tummy, tribal mark etc etc so that she would have a chance to compete on the internatonal level (eg tribal marks won’t fly on agbani’s face sorta thing). Sadly there was one girl that was so beautiful but even though she scaled through the selection she could not continue because that was just not a winning situation. Then talk about the non existence of physical fitness, especially when they were in the bathing suits. After that the girls went through a 2 week camp. While all you saw on tv was ms. juliette checking their nails and teaching them how to walk and dance, what you didn’t see were the chaperons and the pre-judging.

    Anyways I am glad about the choice of Ms Imo, not only because she is from my home state(ha!) but because she looks WELL FED!!! Like a real nigerian girl with curves and flesh (because the complaints I heard was that she was thicker than normal mbgn’s). I don’t believe I am saying this but it is true, there are too many skinny and hungry looking girls walking around Nigeria (including myself)Haba! Anyways Good luck to Munachi.

  45. Anonymous

    April 8, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    why do they all have OYIBO hair?

  46. Anonymous

    April 17, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    Hello there,nice blog.
    Just can’t believe this is the same pageant that gave us Agbani and Chinenye. Those ladies are true beauties anywhere in the world.
    I saw the “winners” of the MBGN 2007 on the tv the other day,and I was scandalised. How? What happened? And we want to send them to foreign competitions?
    The goodwill Nigeria gained in int’l beauty pageants in 2001/2002 has been eroded completely. None of these girls will ever be favourites to win anything.
    We need help! Don’t Chinenye and/or Agbani have sisters? PLEASE EHNNN!

  47. Anonymous

    April 30, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Hi Bella,

    It was a wonderful contest.The best won the contest.But do you thing we will achieve something in the international world.I wish her all the best.
    Best regards.

  48. Anonymous

    June 24, 2007 at 12:56 am

    I’ve always follwed up the pageant and I’m sorry to say I’m very disappointed at the kind of girls that contested for this year’s pageant. Are there no pretty in Nigeria anymore… word of advice for the coordinators of this pageant-if they are really looking for natural beauties with raw intelligence, they should go into the villages and groom up girls who really needs this opportunity to make a change in their basic environment.

  49. Anonymous

    July 26, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    IGBO GIRLS ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRLS PERIOD!!! No other girls in Naija ( Yoruba, Hausa, etc.) can even begin to compete and this is why they even rep. in non-igbo territories/states. Even tho i’m Yoruba, i must admit that Ms. Munachi is simply gorgeous as are many igbo gals i’ve seen. I’m def. backin her 100% and hope she wins Miss World like Agbani Darego won. Make she continue to make Naija proud ooooo! Maybe one day i go find beautiful igbo gal make she complete my world.

  50. Anonymous

    July 26, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    IGBO GIRLS ROCK, esp. those from the South South (Imo)…so heavenly…so sweet…REP NAIJA, U DESERVE IT!!

  51. nosa

    August 6, 2009 at 10:03 am

    where did you people get this oyo girl from,i cant believe she represented oyo state,shes the ugliest contestant i,ve ever seen.

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