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After 6 Years, a new queen takes the crown – Damilola Agbajor crowned as Miss Nigeria 2010



It has been 6 years since the last Miss Nigeria was crowned. In 2004, Ene Maya Lawani was the pageant winner and now there is a new queen. On Saturday, 25th September 2010, a new queen was crowned. 19 Year Old Damilola Agbajor representing Delta State was chosen as Miss Nigeria 2010.

The pageant was revitalized with a new format for this year’s competition. The Miss Nigeria team travelled all around the country and to several major cities around the world to scout for the contestants. After the prospective contestants were narrowed down to 36 ladies, the ladies participated in a reality show which aired on Nigerian TV and on HiTV channels internationally. During the reality show, viewers had the opportunity to see the girls complete various tasks and get groomed for the finale. Eventually, via viewer votes and the judges’ decisions, the list of 36 was cut down to 20. It was these 20 ladies that took the stage at the Miss Nigeria 2010 finale which took place at the ThisDay Dome in Abuja.

The finale was hosted by designer Ohimai Atafo of MAI and former Miss World Agbani Darego. Mai looked handsome in a suit by his label while Agbani was stunning in a dress by Bridget Awosika. It was a world class event with performances by Omolara, Naeto C, Bez and Banky W. There were three major segments; Dance, Traditional and Couture. For the couture segment, the contestants wore dresses specially designed by MOMO for the competition.

Eventually the final 3 were announced: 19 Year Old Damilola Agbajor – Miss Delta, 24 Year Old Erica Okuneye – Miss Lagos and Miss Cross River – 25 Year Old Obori Edenkwo.

Damilola was crowned by the MD of the Miss Nigeria Organization – Adenike Oshinowo-Soleye. According to the Miss Nigeria Organization, “Miss Nigeria will be the ideal ‘Queen Ambassador’ for the Nation, essentially promoting the intrinsic worth of the Nation, hence our theme: One Nation, One people, One Queen”.
The Miss Nigeria winner’s prizes include:

  • Full Scholarship to be educated in an Institution of Higher Learning, anywhere in the world
  • Luxury Car
  • One year’s salary package of N3million naira
  • One year’s accommodation in Lagos Nigeria
  • Wardrobe for a year, from Nigerian designers

Congrats to Damilola.

BN will updating more photos from the competition soon.

Miss Nigeria 2010 Finalists

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Photo Credit for Event Photos: Femi Ipaye, TheNEWS/Abuja


  1. Nwaa

    September 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    She deserves it !!! Congrats gurl

  2. Straight talk

    September 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    lol..Everything looks so 80’s…Congratulations Damilola..

  3. Geekgirl

    September 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    looks like a 1986 Miss Nigeria or so..Was that the theme?

  4. Musings of Ewa

    September 27, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    she’s beautiful, i can’t believe she’s 19

    Anyone know if what Nike O-S is wearing is by an African designer?

  5. prism of an immigrant

    September 27, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    The person in charge of hair and makeup should be FIRED immediately.

    • Ib

      September 28, 2010 at 7:05 pm

      I totally,absolutely AGREE.what were they thinking?….smh

    • mINKS

      September 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm


    • Amour

      October 15, 2010 at 11:49 am

  6. Graduate Job Vacancies In Nigeria

    September 27, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    After Adaeze Igwe a more beautiful successor follows…..she really deserves it

    • funkola

      October 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm

      Adaeze won MBGN not Miss Nigeria. there’s a difference.

  7. doll

    September 27, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    nike looks hawt

  8. Boondock

    September 27, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Lol…that is soooo not nice. :-P. You didn’t put up my comment. At least you corrected Bet you won’t put this up.

  9. Demeaor

    September 27, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Miss Nigeria back! Wow and with one beautiful queen.

  10. nob.

    September 27, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    welcome addition to pageantry in Nigeria

  11. dontbother

    September 27, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    not only that my sister……upon all our mouth for naija, this was the finest girl we could find…..crucify me all you want, but we befit a more beautiful girl…i know, i know, beauty comes from the inside and whatnot, but beauty pageants arent set for who has the best heart but for the most beautiful girls……i don comot…

  12. tatafo

    September 27, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    TAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! she can never be 19….d babe don OLD NOW….

    • NFATA

      September 28, 2010 at 6:00 pm

      lol tatafo…the girl looks old and she’s not even as pretty as some of the other contestants

  13. mimi

    September 27, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Majority of the dresses look dated

  14. ANYA

    September 28, 2010 at 12:51 am

    i like the concept of the braids as per taking it back to our african roots but…. this weaving was done BADLY! haba… MISS NIGERIA! being unkempt is not in our nature!

  15. dami

    September 28, 2010 at 1:39 am

    awww my namesake and also representing my mum’s state hmm i just love you lol congratulation girl…

  16. yaya84

    September 28, 2010 at 5:44 am

    I should have styled everyone.

  17. fokasibe

    September 28, 2010 at 9:56 am

    If this girl is 19, then I’m the queen of England!

  18. Africhic

    September 28, 2010 at 11:48 am

    They should have gotten some of the girls at Downtown Salon, and if that was too much Ikeja underbridge to weave the contestants hair, there was no need for this warra mess.

  19. niyoo

    September 28, 2010 at 11:48 am

    the girl is not all dat jor … of all the babes in naija, this is the best combo of beauty and brains? hell no!!!!
    The finalists must v looked like ayamatanga then 😛

    • nikky jay

      September 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm

      That is such a MEAN comment to make. I know everyone has a right to say what they feel but DANG!!!

    • niyoo

      September 30, 2010 at 2:04 pm

      whateva!!!! it’s the truth

  20. Demi

    September 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Guys stop hating! If you think you are all that, why not contest.
    It’s not the most beautiful girl in Nigeria competition it’s Miss Nigeria and it’s about brains, talent, inner and outer beauty.
    Damilola is my cousin and she is definitely 19 and in Unilag

  21. JPrat

    September 28, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Pretty girl but not beauty queen material…was Nike Oshinowo trying to replicate herself? I see similarities. And yes, that aunty aint 19. She is at least 24.

  22. Pam

    September 28, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    very pretty girl. takes a good photo at many angles too. pageant style is very different from regular fashion styling… its stuck in its own time warp! this is very “pageanty” I love the diva back drops… i think i see diana ross

  23. lesly

    September 28, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    oooooh wow that nice picture and congratulation i like that picture

  24. Babyshambles

    September 28, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Ahn Ahn, lets chill with the catty comments..

  25. justic idris barry

    September 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    well i am greatful to go becos it was Gods doing to have miss delta having the crown,wow we are proud and we will always come up higher hip hip hip hurray !!!

  26. keira

    September 29, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Is this all momo couture could come up with? An outdated array of dinner dresses? Hmmm? And they cldnt even give credit to all the other designers who helped dress the contestants? Irritating! Btw Congrats miss delta.

  27. bubu

    September 29, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Please Bella Can we see the Red Carpet and Nike’s Dress upClose thanks and we Deltans Rock. Wasn’t going to comment about the hate on the winner but do you think the organizers won’t do a check to ensure she’s really 19? Haba she’s Miss Nigeria for God’s sake and her Classmates/Peer group will come out to expose her is she is lying.I am sure she is a pretty girl just not a good photo….Rest the beef

  28. chydee

    September 29, 2010 at 8:42 am

    The whole thing looks or rather seems sub-standard.

  29. Olivia

    September 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I miss the days when beauty queens were really BEAUTY QUEENS…Bianca, Omasun, Sabina, Nike, Regina…..what happened????Did we grow less beautiful as a people or the truly beautiful do not want to compete???? Happy for the queen but those braids and corn rows were just urrrrg!!! The ladies @ yaba bus stop would have done a much berra job!

  30. zenny

    September 29, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    omg damilola u are a lucky gurl..happy for u …

  31. Victor

    September 29, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Read all your comment…..Damilola is my very close friend, d picture actually makes her look older, but i can assure u she looks very young real when you see her and she was 19 on the 26th of september….Dammy am so proud of you and a happy that at last you’ve gotten that which your heart desires. This is just the beginnning………

  32. jay

    September 30, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    whether she is 19 or not.d main tin be say she many haters on bellanaija.

  33. GeekGirl

    October 1, 2010 at 4:54 am

    pretty girl!!Best of luck!Glad to see diverse looks this time

  34. chick Rita

    October 1, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    she is beautiful but does she really need to lie about her age.

  35. Seshe James

    October 2, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Common people leave the girl alone. she deserves every bit of it….

  36. Gee

    October 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    If you are going for the 1970s’ look then do dat without makin d ‘beauty queens’ look already worse than they look…For crying out loud! the make up and hairdo is disasterous!

  37. Gee

    October 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Erykah,congrats on cumin out d 1st runner up…nxt tym I hope u win!

  38. elzy

    October 13, 2010 at 1:27 pm


  39. Viktoria A. B.

    October 15, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Go girl,U deserve it.Congrat Miss NAIJA 2010.

  40. caramel

    October 27, 2010 at 1:48 am

    The braiding is ridiculous!
    Miss Oyo is pretty- Ella Salako!

  41. Ndy

    October 27, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    They are all quite pretty, the winner has that girl next door look to her too. I like the stage backdrop. Although is it me or do most of the contestants look alike

  42. Jonjay

    October 28, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    She really is lucky and it can only get better.for all haters,it’s easy to see and criticise online.the form is just 5k.make una sef go d new queen-ure beautiful and may ur reign be the beginning of a betta naija

  43. tatafo2

    December 28, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    the babe no fine…

  44. temi

    March 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    This is no beef or bad belle. It’s just facts. The pageants are a lot less beautiful than previous ones. Even before reading the comments I observed she’s not so pretty. She looks to me like the average Nigerian girl. Looks like the real beauties either don’t have the height, body or the boldness to contest.

  45. Doris

    April 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I still maintain my words:i wish i will be you.i have not gather the courage to do this.girl infact i envy you.more so bravo!

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