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22 Year-Old Onabu Obehioya wins the Miss Heritage Nigeria Beauty Pageant! Photos from the National Heritage Awards & Miss Heritage Nigeria 2012



It was a glamorous night on Sunday 2nd December 2012 at the Imo Concord Hotel, Owerri where the Grand Finale of the 2nd Edition of the “National Heritage Awards & Miss Heritage Nigeria Beauty Pageantwas held.

Declaring the event open, the Commissioner for Culture & Tourism in Imo State, Ugochi Nnanna Okoro said the state government decided to partner and support the National Heritage Project “for its cultural intentions and particularly to encourage the youth with good ideas that can impact positive potentials on the larger youths of our society“.

In her address, the CEO of Caires Grooming Agency & founder of National Heritage Awards and Miss Heritage Nigeria, Chinor Emeka, thanked the dignitaries that graced the occasion while assuring Nigerians that “the National Heritage Project was specifically conceptualized to ensure that our cultural heritage does not go into extinction”. Uloma Okorocha, daughter of the Executive Governor of Imo State received the “National Heritage Mothers Award” given to her mother.

Among the 2012 National Heritage Awardees were Sen. Chris N.D Anyanwu, Sen. S.N Anyanwu, Hon Uche Nwosu (Hon Commissioner for Lands Imo State), Rt. Hon Ude Okochukwu (Speaker Abia State House of Assembly), Frank Osodi (Renowned Nigerian Fashion Designer), Rev Prof Marcel Onyeocha and some other distinguished individuals.

The well attended event had other cultural attractions ranging from the native Heritage Carpet, to the Omenimo Cultural Dance troops. The climax of the event was the crowning of the 2012 Miss Heritage Nigeria Queen which was won by 22 year-old Onabu Obehioya Lilian who represented Delta State.

The cultural-oriented Awards and Beauty Pageant is organized by Caires Grooming Agency, a non-governmental events production and personal grooming organization.

If you missed all the fun and excitement at the event, never mind BN has got all the photos.


The Camp

Smiles on the Heritage Carpet

The Main Event

The Contest

Crowning the Queen

Presentation of Awards

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  1. Ms. Jayee

    January 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    New Yam Festival meets pageantry!

    • pynk

      January 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      Your wickedness no get part 3

    • Oreos

      January 17, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Lol……oh! That made my day…..high-larious……
      Encouragement ni won need

    • uloma

      January 17, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      You shd go in for comedy….

    • Lola

      January 17, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      I can’t breathe; I am laughing so hard!!!

    • bisi

      January 18, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      hahahaha I cant stop laughing

    • Bassy

      January 21, 2013 at 12:51 am

      Wtf, who say [email protected] like that…..Lmfao

  2. DocDeola

    January 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    The girls are absolutely stunning! All of them. The stage and interior decor did not do them justice, and the target audience ?nuns and priests….!

  3. Cindylee

    January 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Pageantry showcasing our culture, me likey! More of this in Nigeria and not those ones showing every part of a lady’s body. With time this will improve and we would strive to maintain our culture along side foreign ones.

  4. ejogene

    January 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    The outgoing queen is so beautiful!!!! Cute girls

  5. Chum chum

    January 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    lol @ new yam festival.

  6. ayi

    January 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    na wa oooo i still have hope.

  7. sleek-lady

    January 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm


  8. Anonymous

    January 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Meanwhile, why is the presenter dressed like a masquerade?

  9. Truth

    January 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    PLEASE STOP lying these girls are not cute- they look average very average, someone has to tell the truth, stop having beauty pageants when the contestants are not beautiful. Like really naija has so many beauty contest but none of the beautiful girls actually show up! All i see is a bunch of 4’s,5’s and 6’s on a scale of 1-10. That Atta-Sheriff wedding had everyday women that are easily more beautiful than the contestants up there.

    • julit

      January 18, 2013 at 9:40 am

      beautiful girls dont engage in such.

  10. BN,were is the "Face of Sofa"?

    January 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Not over the top girls…..can we ever have another Agbani and Oluchi?…Miss Abuja,seriously? There are way more prettier girls litter around the street…Kudos anyway…

  11. Lulu

    January 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Nkiru. S looks stunning

  12. mamus

    January 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    God ble has new yam festival

  13. Yinkus Pinkus

    January 17, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    LOL at the people
    LOL at the outfits
    LOL at the event


  14. kate

    January 17, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Ladies dont you understand the meaning of cultural heritage? Its is not a contienatal pageant where you show off your body, u don’t expect the hall to be decorated in English fabric when is talking about culture. I advice we support and appricate. The effort this organization is doing. And also becos is a cultual related event, is meant for all Nigerians, short,tall,average,slim,fat. They are not going for Miss so stop hating and simply say congrats and well done. I send my shout out to the organizers, well done.

  15. lilu

    January 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    If those girls are average or 1-5 on a scale of ten then the rest of you lot are decimals and fractions. The girls are pretty abeg.

    Now the event in question…matter of taste. Are you “local” or are you a pretentious snot
    You may like it or laugh at it.The picture quality leaves much to be desired.

    • Truth

      January 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      I happen to be a gentleMAN stopping by to see our beautiful women in naija but truth is these ladies are average. I don’t know maybe ur scale is broken but these chicks are regular very regular. Also about all MBGN contestants after agbani were average as well. Naija shouldn’t have beauty pageants if there isn’t beautiful contestants or winners. I would not like to think that naija babes are average but its either that or beauty contest are run like businesses for profit, because i just don’t see beautiful chicks in almost every naija beauty pageant. shame really

    • Simya

      January 18, 2013 at 3:30 am

      LMAO @ scale being broken

    • lilu

      January 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      @ truth and company….y’all must be surrounded by 5’10 and up girls like this who are
      pretty. Where I come from (i.e. the real world) girls like this are not 4 or 5 on the scale of 10. If this event was glammed up and the girls were subject to proper lighting and so forth sheeple like you will be shouting and hyping unneccesarily. LMAO 4 on d scale of 10.

  16. Peperempe

    January 17, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Owerri tins….

    • Me

      January 17, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      Guess you cant control yourself with the snide comments you always make whenever a post is put up about a certain tribe you know you hate. Why dont you post pictures of the “tins” from your tribe or even your state? Easy with the hate. It will surely take you nowhere.

    • Aleypizzo

      January 18, 2013 at 11:28 am

      What part of “Owerri tinz” is hateful. U guys and d “H” word sef!!! Don’t hold on to every word and take it personal, else u would land in hospital with <3 (heart) attack.

  17. Xtsy

    January 17, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    People’s club of Nigeria eeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhh

  18. HABBA

    January 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    what is this? y r they deceiving these young ladies? ive seen hotter tomato hawkers in lagos state! mchew

  19. kate

    January 17, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    @truth most times is not about beauty. Aslong as she is presentable and able to showcase and potray what she is required to, then she is gud to go. Learn to see beyond beauty.

  20. kate

    January 17, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    @truth. Is not all about beauty. Learn to look beyound it. So the galsthat are not so beautiful shuld be discouraged? No. They shuldnt. Besides each pageantry know exactly the kind of gals the are looking out for,and next time read. Well before you comment.

  21. Lola

    January 17, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Village chic…almost….

  22. Sonia

    January 17, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Beautiful People 🙂

  23. Onyi

    January 18, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Local league..take an event outside Abuja or Lagos and this is what you get!

  24. linbaby

    January 18, 2013 at 6:41 am

    @ Ms. Jayee . Yam festial meets pagentry, lolz…. U shuld be a comedian but at the same time understand the essence of this event before you comment. Is all about revive our culture, our heritage so dat ur future children won’t be

  25. glowing

    January 18, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Beautiful pictures. Welldone to the organisers . I see my MUAA. Fct president. Welldone Henryval

  26. chioma

    January 18, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Well i think i prefer the first runner up, she’s beautiful, elegant and smart. And she’s got this charisma that is stunning. Thumbs up, cynthia. U are the queen i know, shikina!

  27. me

    January 18, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Grow up critics!!
    For cryn out loud dis a cultural pageant and the only innigeria dfor dat matter!! Y can’t we appreciate good tins for once and give it d support it needs! Its jes a plaform for d propomtion of our unique cultural diversity and promoting our quality culture as well as preservin our heritage …we can neva celebrate our selves
    As for me, I think its a nice ideaamamamand wit tym, if given all it needsan could go international dat d world wld knw wat we represent..a strong. Unique nigeria irrespective of western civilisation…
    And as for d gals…thumbs up
    Black is beautiful..we shld b proud of ourselves….if u think ur finer, come out n participate n stop bein mediocre by criticisn odas

  28. linbaby

    January 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    @onyi check out the madian edition on related post Bellanaija. Is all abt culture, the idea is moving it from one state to another. Time will cum when u will apprecaite. It. I guess u don’t even know ur

  29. captain

    January 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    This Event was trending all over O-town, the brains behind this evnet is totally brilliant, a Heritage & culturally related Beauty Pageant, it shud be very well applauded & support by every Nigerian citizen, More Grease 2 your eLbows Team Heritage Nigeria. Bravo!

  30. O.T. Dubois

    January 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    These girls are lot finer than the MBGN contestants from last year. And the outgoing queen, my opinion oh, is in the ranks of Agbani and co. She’s really gorgeous

  31. kach

    January 19, 2013 at 2:01 am

    @ O.T I agree with you. @yinkus pinkus why the lol. Which planebt are you from? Is ur glass bot allowing u see well. Is all abt cultureso fron their hair do to their dinner dresses has to be african. Appreciate ur country is not an event were you wear brazillian hair and. English dinner dress. They r showing are showing casing our cultural diversity, nigeria, our Nation, Our pride. Thumbs up organizers.

    • The girl25

      January 20, 2013 at 12:57 am

      African people never appreciate their own culture. Instead of encouraging the effort, they are laughing and writing wicked comments. If you do not fight to preserve your unique heritage, it will erased by the so called “western culture”. Must it always be about brazilian weave, $500 pair of shoes or showing naked bodies etc….? There is definitely a lot to improve. But as an African woman, I am glad to know that such an event that promotes and celebrates the national culture exists. Learn to love your culture.

    • jyde

      January 20, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Dont waste your time wid them sis,na confusion dey melt brain.
      The same afropeans dey go shop 4london an yankee dey find bushmeat chop.

  32. Rahman mohammed

    January 19, 2013 at 2:08 am

    This is actually a unique pageant,one of its kind….I must commend the Brian’s behind this…it’s show cases our thing,all the player haters wants to see naked girls with a borrowed cultural dresses,I must say Weldon’s heritage crew…keep up the good works…I see you guys go places..

  33. pearl

    January 19, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Whoeva says d event isn’t gud shud go and take a sit inside d butt of a car,thumbs up team heritage.

  34. andrew

    January 19, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Congratulation to heR

  35. jyde

    January 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    For all of you who dont like your culture,dont worry,im staging a nice oyinbo style show,complete wid 50 cossy clones.
    The theme is show your market,and plastic feeding bottles.
    Bonus points for korrect bleaching.Face and hand same colour.
    Maybe you will be happy with that,until the show,please leave the fine girls
    alone joor,they are enjoying themselves and representing nijah.

  36. atutupoyoyo

    February 10, 2013 at 3:42 am

    of course all u loud mouths cos u dont have fake girls looking expensive when maybe dia parents live in the village or brazillian weave wearing girls una dey make noise……its promoting culture so the more local girls the berra….

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