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And the Winner is… Frances Udukwu for the First Ever Miss Nigeria USA Beauty Pageant!



Frances Udukwu (Winner of Miss Nigeria USA 2015)

Frances Udukwu (Winner of Miss Nigeria USA 2015)

Miss Nigeria USA 2015 has been crowned and the gorgeous lady who won the coveted title was Frances Udukwu who was representing Cross Rivers State.

The event, which held on Saturday May 23 at the Alvin Ailey Theater was a night to remember.

Frances Udukwu beat out 17 contestants to emerge the winner of the Miss Nigeria USA beauty Pageant. She was crowned by Miss Africa USA 2014 winner, Meron Wudneh. 1st Runner up was Olutosin Araromi, 2nd Runner up was Wuraola Kolawole (Ekiti State).

Amongst the list of celebrity judges were Bianca Golden from Americas Next Top Model (ANTM), Greg Mocker of PIX 11 News, Kaitlin Monte of PIX11 Morning News, Serial entrepreneur Solo Nnanna and Chinyere Adogu who was the MBGN Tourism 2014.

Hosts of the night were actor/comedian Dulo Harris and Ojinika Obiekwe of PIX 11.

The event was organized by Joy Ikedinma, Director of Miss Nigeria USA Pageant.

Check out photos from the event!

The Winner…Frances Udukwu
Frances Udukwu is a 25-year-old graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health and Health care Systems Management from Temple University and currently has a career as a health care consultant.


Crowning Moment

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A few moments from the beauty pageant
The gorgeous ladies showcased their different cultural outfits, dinner gowns and swimwear during the competition.

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Cultural Outfit
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Banky W’s performance

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Photo Credit: Miss Nigeria USA | Facebook

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  1. mx

    June 2, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Beautiful lady..but this pageant has no meaning..for pete sakes what is miss nigeria USA…

    • Nne Okoye

      June 2, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Exactly my point. Wat is miss nigeria in USA. Eissssssh Nigeria

  2. Lol

    June 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Oh my word such thick ladies and thick make up… Miss lagos looked better……….the rest is Nah!!!!Nigerian every where if they had their ways they occupy every corner on earth

  3. ssah

    June 2, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    lol. nice

  4. Hmm

    June 2, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    What is with all this beauty pageant craze that is all over Nigeria and diaspora now? Miss this,that ad so on.

  5. Paloma

    June 2, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    lol she’s pretty

  6. I attended the pageant

    June 2, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I had the opportunity to attend the pageant. Not bad for the first! Miss Lagos, Miss Lagos, Miss Lagos…can we hear word! Yes she’s tall, pretty and the typical pageant girl- but she did not stand out from the other ladies apart of the Pageant. There was nothing fascinating about her and she didn’t appear intelligent! Come and see fumble during question and answer!

    People need to understand that pageantry is more than beauty. Stop dashing crown and sash to ppl that fit the the stereotypical description of what it may mean to be beautiful…and start honoring ladies that know what the hell they are talking about! Congrats to Frances, from the introduction to the crowning, everything about her stood out and made sense! She will be an awesome representation…to those crying/hating go and jam Chisco bus, ’cause you know no good thing at all.

    • Ore1000

      June 2, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Wow you seem like a big hater, I think we all saw what happened that day. I attended the show as well and saw that the question asked to Miss Lagos was very confusing. Even I who graduated cum laude would have problems answering that question. Miss Lagos did her best in an unfortunate circumstance. If you saw the talent portion Miss Lagos killed it! And she wrote that poem herself. So unintelligent shouldn’t even be thrown out with her, not only is she beautiful and smart but she’s very kind too. If anyone wants to see if she’s smart or not google her interview from live with the humble prince of Sahara reporters. That will kill all you misconceptions. Miss Lagos I’m proud
      Of you and continue to excel!

    • Betty

      June 2, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Obviously you are a hater. I attended the pageant also and Miss Lagos stood out. She is beautiful and and definitely meet the standard of a pageant competition unlike some of the contestants that contested. Only someone with a hateful eye would not notice Miss Lagos. Before the competition took place, Miss Lagos’s interview with Humble Prince was flawless and it showed intelligence and class. I noticed on the day of the pageant that the final questions that was given to the five finalist was straight to the point except Miss Lagos question. The question was not worded correctly or intelligently for her to give a proper answer. She can not be blamed for a situation that was beyond her control.. She did her best trying to answer a question that was confusing and unintelligent. For any question to be answered properly, the question is supposed to make sense to the person who it’s directed to. The poem Miss Lagos composed for the talent part of the competition showed her level of intelligence and her poem stood out to me as the best talent among the others I saw. Crown or no crown, the winner to me is Miss Lagos. Miss Lagos, continue the good work you have started and I wish you the best in your other various endeavors.

    • Q_45

      June 10, 2015 at 12:16 am

      I attended the pageant also. The question Miss Lagos was asked was whether the kidnapping of the Chibok girls was gender biased. What is so difficult about that? Simple yes because the Northerners have always hindered the progress of the girl child and are not very accepting of Western culture. Yes it was gender biased because a woman is reduced to just her ability to get married early and bear children. Those are two examples she could have mentioned to back up her question. Yes she has the typical pageant look but her walk was average–i expected better especially with all the hype! Miss Crossriver slayed in her question on abortion. That was indeed the toughest question anyone could have been asked so pls enough with the excuses for Miss Lagos. A queen needs to be able to improvise and think on the spot instead of being so scripted like the dumb pageant girls that answer every question with “World peace!”


    June 2, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    1st ever? i thot Osas was a former Miss Nigeria USA na…i must be mistaken.
    too many of these competitions sef…tiring.

    • Joan85

      June 2, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Osas was Miss Black USA. That’s for like all the black people in America lol

  8. Rush

    June 2, 2015 at 3:59 pm


  9. keechi

    June 2, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Whoa! Beyoncé’s handbag was there (her stylist Ty)? Probably trying to scope for outfit inspiration for Queen Bey.

  10. Lily

    June 2, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    The judges should have their eyes checked! There were lots of beautiful ladies in the contest and they chose her. No No No. sorry Frances

  11. T-o

    June 2, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I love Miss Lagos beautiful, nice and captivating. I know this is just the beginning for this beauty!

  12. Chioma

    June 2, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    So happy the pageant wasn’t predictable And it appears the best woman won! Go ghel! For that, I look forward to getting involved somehow/sponsoring in the future. Too many wuru wuru pageants everywhere! From having contestant parents as judges, false prizes and promises to misusing sponsorship funds! These pageant coordinators should be careful! Will keep an eye on this one and hope it doesn’t go south like the rest. I hope that Frances is given all that she is owed and is rightfully given the opportunity to shine on this platform. Her use of the crown will either set this pageant apart from the rest or not! Kudos to organizers…more grease to your elbows if you behave ethically. – Chioma, JD

  13. ugo 1

    June 2, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    What’s with all this swim wear?
    Even miss world has banned the swim wear category. …..Mtcheew

  14. llala

    June 2, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    too many pageant going on theres even a miss ngeria in america lmfaoooo anyone can sit at home and start a pagent. but kudos to joy she went the correct route.

  15. Who cares

    June 2, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Beautiful girl! I love her hair and makeup! Especially her hair! Nigerians take note. All you haters especially that the person saying nothing fascinating about her what about you? How come you weren’t up there? Guess nothing is fascinating about you. Let alone the other saying the judges should have gotten there eyes checked. You blind? Abeg gal fine sha.. Congrats let the HATRERS hate. Muah


    June 3, 2015 at 5:40 pm


  17. Bola Ade

    June 4, 2015 at 2:34 am

    There is a Miss Nigeria in America already WHICH ONE IS THIS AGAIN. Nigerians can never support each other but everyone wants to start their own. PAGEANT EVERY WHERE MTCHEW

    • The Real Miss B

      September 6, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Hiding under anonymous names to diss Joy Ikedinma wont make u recognised. One word you are not relevant. Go support Joy and stop crying wolf. More Pageants will spring up…You never see anything

    • Betty

      September 6, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Joy Ikedinma, are you the individual that wrote the hateful article on June 10, 2015? If so, shame on you and your hateful words. You should be showing better examples than that as a role model which you are obviously not. Posting such comments about Miss Lagos as a director was uncalled for. I do not need to hide under a name. My name is what you see posted. I do not support people like you nor respect articles like the one you posted (if you are the one that wrote the article) on June 10, 2015. I am more relevant than you would ever be writing about the true situation of what really happened on the day of the pageant which I attended. Hopefully moving forward, I hope you use better judgement in what you write and how you write it.

  18. Betty

    June 14, 2015 at 6:58 am

    This is a response to some misconception an individual wrote on June 10, 2015. This person is not just a big hater but also a false witness. Twisting the fact to become their reality. The writer mentioned that the question Miss Lagos was asked was whether the kidnapping of the Chibok girls was gender biased?. Anyone that came to the pageant competition saw what truly happen. This was clearly NOT the question that was asked. The above question is the way it should have been asked. Miss Lagos question was an unclear and confusing question which even to an intelligent mind would have been mind boggling. The writer mentioned that Miss Cross River’s response to the question she was given on abortion was the toughest question anyone could have been asked. I disagree with this statement because Miss Cross River’s question was not the toughest, it was the most controversial question which was straight to the point, which an intelligent individual like Miss Lagos could have answered clearly. The writer mentioned that a queen needs to be able to improvise and think on the spot instead of being scripted. My question in regards to the above mentioned statement is how can a queen or anyone improvise and think on the spot when the question given did not make any sense or coherent to the person the question was directed to? A beauty pageant competition is called a beauty pageant for a reason which was clearly not evidenced in this competition with the winner that was chosen.

  19. St Anne

    September 24, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Wooooow!!!! I they were beauty pageant indeed hmmmmm so dashing

  20. St Anne

    September 24, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Wooooow!!!! I they were beauty pageant indeed,,,,,,,, hmmmmm so dashing

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