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Calabar Crowns a New Tourism Ambassador! Photos & Scoop from the 2011 Carnival Calabar Pageant at Studio Tinapa



On Friday 23rd December 2011, the city of Calabar saw a damsel crowned the 2011 Carnival Calabar Queen. The new queen – Emem Udonquak (Final Year Student of the University of Uyo), who is now officially the Calabar’s Tourism Ambassador and spokesperson for Mothers Against Child Abandonment (An initiative of the Wife of the Governor of Cross River State Obioma Liyel-Imoke) battled it out for the coveted crown with over 30 contestants for 2 weeks.

Judging the contestants on the D-day were Betty Irabor (Editor of Genevieve Magazine), Darey Art Alade, Charles Okon, Chinenye Uwanaka and pioneer photographer Kelechi Amadi-Obi. Together they screened all contestants and chose the ultimate damsel who deserved the chance to wear the crown for a year.

The hosts of the day – Ivor Ekpe and Diana Mary promised to deliver an extraordinary show like no other and it was indeed a show not to forget. All the contestants came on stage to represent one of Cross River State’s tourist destinations, as they each appeared on stage, an audiovisual recording of their profiles was projected on huge screens, enabling the judges assess them on diction and poise.

Later on in the night, the contestants stepped on stage in sequined gold outfits to thrill attendees as they danced to a locally influenced remix of Beyonce’s track Single Ladies, thereafter changing into an array of national outfits and finally coming out on stage in beautiful floor length evening gowns courtesy of  Vlisco.

Music act and Judge of the night – Darey Art Alade bedazzled guests with his vocals by singing some of his hit singles, also at the event to perform was Waje and ex Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria contestant – Munachi Abi who had everyone on their feet as they performed their hit track “So Inspired” and Temitayo George of the Idols West Africa.Comic act – Last Prophet was also present to make sure every attendee had a splendid night.

The anticipated event came to a close when Mrs Eme Affiah of the Cross River State Carnival Commission spoke about the need to eradicate the menace of child abandonment, mostly perpetrated by teenage girls.She called for sponsorship to keep the project going, shortly after her speech, there was a ballet performance by T’ka Martin and a dance routine by The Suspenders.

The 2011 Calabar Carnival Pageant which was sponsored by First Bank also saw Her Excellency Obioma Liyel-Imoke (First Lady of Cross River State) shed light on MACA’s cause and thanked the sponsors of the pageant.


Inside Studio Tinapa (Venue of CCQ 2011)

Some of the Contestants Backstage

CCQ 2007 & 2008 - Chinenye Uwanaka & Queeneth Orok

Contestants in gold sequined outfits

Miss African Club in her traditional costume

Miss Boki Rain Forest in an outfit she made herself

Miss Edgerly in her traditional attire

Miss Hope Waddell in an outfit made by her

CCQ 2007 - Chinenye Uwanaka

Contestants in their evening outfits

Top 5 Finalists

A Cross section of the top five - Precious Obetan, Sherry Onwualu & Emem Udonquak

Obioma Liyel-Imoke (First Lady of Cross River State with CCQ 2010 and 2011 runners up

First Bank Rep. & CCQ 2009 - Mayen Ekpo Presenting the 3rd Prize Cash to Precious Obeten

CCQ 2011 Winner - Emem Udonquak with Obioma Liyel-Imoke (First Lady of Cross River State)

CCQ 2011 Winner - Emem Udonquak with her family

CCQ 2011 - Emem Udonquak with the 1st & 2nd runners up - Odera Uwanakwe & Precious Obeten

Governor Liyel Imoke & his wife presenting a saloon car to the 2011 Winner - Emem Udonquak

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  1. pp

    January 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm



    January 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm


  3. Bolanle

    January 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Nice! love it

  4. Adaeze

    January 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Nice succession plan in place! Long last CC.

  5. olamibo

    January 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    congrat dear. may ur reign be peaceful

  6. Bee

    January 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Congrats Emem…All d best as ur Reign

  7. pendo

    January 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    looks like a well organised event. congrats Emem

  8. eye

    January 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Well deserved

  9. ronnie

    January 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    She’s really pretty! Looks so much better than the MBGN and miss Nigeria.

    • keki

      January 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Take back those words fast.!
      You wish. LMAO!

  10. miss t

    January 19, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    YAEYYY!! THATS MY COUSIN! So happy for her *big smile*!

  11. Enwongo Cleopas

    January 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    i can proudly show you off to the world Emem…congrats dear.

  12. toyin

    January 20, 2012 at 8:41 am

    congrat……….. she is pretty

  13. Lue

    January 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

    shes pretty. congrats to her

  14. lorrain

    January 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    well deserve honour, congrats

  15. onefinegirl

    January 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Congrats to the new queen. The CCG 2007 is so pretty. I love her dress. Thumbs up to Calabar for producing gorgeous queens and still respecting our traditional roots.

  16. koko

    January 20, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Belle, you need to up your game. Yes there was a shutdown but fresh daily updates are necessary

  17. jeezmehn

    January 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    wow…. emem don turn star now… dats so good… ol d best dear

  18. fabulous_guy

    January 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    obioma is putting on weight again! whats happening to her?

  19. Cynthia Fayomi

    January 21, 2012 at 11:15 pm

  20. Misskhadiva

    January 23, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Calabar girls are Hot. CLASSY EVENT TOO…love it

  21. keki

    January 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Was a tribalistic affair as expected.
    i wish the winner the best sha.
    She has none of the qualities they said said the queen should have.
    She is just a rude, spoilt gal.
    No be beef, i can assure you

    • oto

      February 8, 2012 at 5:29 am

      how was it tribalistic? must igbo girl win before it is considered fair abi other people no get fine girls, besides the governor and his wife are igbo so what do you have to say

  22. CaRaMeL SeXy NoNi

    February 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

    The girl is not even fine sef, there are oda pweety gals der.

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