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The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant has been going on for the past 26 years, and this year 2014, marked the 27th year of this foremost pageantry, which has produced Nigeria’s finest ladies who have also represented the country in other international pageantries, sometimes coming out tops. The emergence of Agbani Darego MBGN 2001, who went on to win the Miss World in South Africa, gives credence to the fact that indeed the MBGN is a pageantry where excellence is top priority.
But that is not surprising, considering the fact that the MBGN has the privilege of working with renowned professionals such as, Juliette Hagerman (US trained choreographer), Derek Baum (US trained director) and Preere Opoufom (Nigerian based choreographer). All mentioned names have amazing credentials and wealth of experience, which they have brought to the MBGN pageantry thus making it at par with any international pageantry.
The 2014’s which was hosted by Bayelsa State Government on Saturday 19 July, 20014 started with a red carpet reception while the event proper kicked off at exactly 7:30pm, with a line-up of all the contestants in their respective local costumes. It was a feast of cultural fiesta as they all dazzled in their various native costumes, which represented each state. The outfits were also a means of showing creativity as they were allowed to infuse their personal styles and twists in the costumes for an edgier fashion representation. The contestants danced to the music while some background information of the states they represented was shared to the viewing audience. Thus providing an opportunity for people to learn more about the various states in Nigeria.


The 2014 MBGN was hosted by Ik Osakioduwa and Yvonne Vixen Ekwerre, both of whom have been previous hosts of the pageantry. The amiable duo introduced the panel of judges made up of, Dr Ikeora May, Eniye Ambakederemo Ukpeh, Ini-Ibehe Okorie, Sylvia Nduka, Mrs Gbemisola Awoniyi-Foloyan, Garth Deacon and Bryan Okwara. The hosts continued to thrill the audience with jokes and banter, as the judges went about the serious business of judging the pageantry objectively.
The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah (rtd), gave a great speech and affirmed that “We are unlocking the beauty of Bayelsa, and this we are doing in an organised way, and as we always say, this is just the beginning. We have much to offer from what we’ve seen so far, from dependence on oil to an economy that can stand on its own. And that is why the government is creating an enabling environment for tourism to flourish”.
He went further to state that “Last year we had two Bayelsan girls, and the government said next year we are going to have our own pageant and we will select them for the state level pageant.” He ended his speech by welcoming everyone to Bayelsa and enjoining them to have a sweet stay in the state.
Then came dancing time, the contestants came out in a red attire and sashayed to Davido’s, (Aye), their choreographic performance was on point. As the crowd clapped to their dance.

Yeka Onka, winner of Nigerian Idol 2011 singing contest, came out and gave a dazzling performance of one of her singles (Somewhere in the world).
This year’s MBGN also incorporated the social media as Chioma Okpala, a presenter with STV read out tweets sent in by viewers, she also revealed all the razzmatazz happening back stage in a segment of the pageantry called “My Corner”.
Sheyi Shay, sensational up and coming music act emerged and performed a skit (Oluwaloseyi) on stage. As usual her performance was fair and energetic, and had the crowd asking for more. Immediately after Sheyi’s performance was the swimsuit segment and the crowd went berserk, especially the male audience as the beautiful contestants emerged in their sexy swim suits. They came in four batches of ten contestants each.
Doctor Lee, gave a great performance of his song (I Go Dance) as soon as the contestants made their exit from the stage. Then came another parade from the intended beauty queens, but this time in their night wears. They all looked beautiful and the audience clapped and clapped. The last set of parade by the contestants was in their evening wears and as the host IK said, the girls indeed looked absolutely stunning.
As the 30 contestants stood in their evening gowns, it was time for the judges to make their first selection of the best 15 and they were…
1. Miss Plateau—Josephine Oghonoghor
2. Miss Bayelsa—Bisola Mohammed
3. Miss Kogi—Erica Nlewedim
4. Miss Ondo—Obafunke Braithwaite
5. Miss Adamawa—Anita Omofonma
6. Miss Delta—Fortune Woko
7. Miss Abuja—Princess Dennar
8. Miss Kano—Violet Okwazu
9. Miss Edo—Queen Celestine
10. Miss Imo—Analoo Ibadin
11. Miss Anambra—Angel Ineh
12. Miss Lagos—Michelle Adepoju
13. Miss Kwara—Chinyere Adogu
14. Miss Osun—Endurance Akpoyibo
15. Miss Akwa-Ibom—Iheoma Nnadi
Amidst claps of encouragement from the audience, the 15 contestants were separated from the rest and after that came the presentation of awards to the topmost outstanding contestants among the best 15, and they are


1. Miss Photogenic: Miss Kogi. (Erica Nlewedim)
2. Miss Charismatic: Miss Kwara (Chinyere Adogu)
3. Best Traditional Costume: Miss Delta. (Fortune Woko)
4. MBGN Model: Miss Gombe. (Precious John) who also wins an authomatic modelling contracts with Isis Modelling agency.
5. Miss Amity: Miss Edo (Queen Celestine)

The judges were then asked to select the best five among the 15 contestant and from which the queen would eventually emerge. The judges had a hard time in making this selection as they argued back and forth, agreeing and disagreeing.
While that was going on, Patoranking and Sheyi Shay came on stage. Patoranking first performed his hit single Alubarika and the crowd danced to the song, afterwards Sheyi Shay joined him on stage and they performed their duet (Murder). He ended his gig with his song (Girlie o).
As the crowd clapped for him, then came the moment to select the best five contestants from the initial 15 beauties and they were—
1. Miss Edo– Queen Celestine
2. Miss Kwara—Chinyere Adogu
3. Miss Osun—Endurance Akpoyibo
4. Miss Akwa Ibom—Iheoma Nnadi
5. Miss Abuja—Princess Dennar
Then came the interview session. The five outstanding beauties were each asked one question and their intelligence was assessed through their answers.
After that, whilst the judges were making their final decision as to whom should be crowned MBGN 2014, the outgoing MBGN, Miss Anna Ibiere Banner, came on stage and walked her final walk, while commenting about how exciting her journey had been for the past one year. She also wished the in-coming queen success.
Then sensational soul singer and Bayelsa born Timi Dakolo was called out to serenade the potential queens. He came to the stage singing John Legend’s (All Of Me). Ending his performance with (Iyawo Mi) his latest single, Timi made his exit for Guy Murray Bruce, the Vice President of Silverbird Group.
Mr Guy made a brief speech and reiterated the importance and duties of a beauty queen, he also named the various benefits attached to each position and then announced the sequence of the final selection from the judges.
Fourth Runner up–Miss Abuja
Third Runner up– Miss Osun
Second Runner up–Miss Kwara
First Runner up–Miss Edo
And the winner is!!!
Miss Akwa-Ibom! Iheoma Nnadi.

By: Sunday Adebayo (Who was in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State)

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15 Years After, Best Of Nollywood To Collaborate With Group 8 On BON Awards





– As Seun Oloketuyi Steps Down As CEO, Appoints Feranmi Olaoye Executive Producer

After a 15-year eventful milestone, Best of Nollywood (BON) has disclosed a strategic collaboration with Group 8 LTD for the next five editions of the BON Awards. Group 8 LTD, a media-tech organisation renowned for its diverse mass and new media assets, including Soundcity, Trybe TV, OnTV, Spice TV, and other networks, will contribute its expertise to elevate innovation in media and communications for the prestigious awards.

Simultaneously, Seun Oloketuyi, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards, is stepping down from the leadership position. In his place, Feranmi Olaoye has been appointed as the Acting Executive Producer of the Awards, effective immediately. Olaoye will be supported by a soon-to-be-announced nine-member Advisory Board, which will also have Oloketuyi as a member.

The collaboration with Group 8 LTD aims to ensure the seamless and enhanced delivery of Nigeria’s longest-running award production.

Best of Nollywood Awards, an annual event celebrating exceptional achievements in the Nigerian film industry, had its inaugural edition on December 6, 2009, in Ikeja, Lagos State.

Looking ahead, the 2024 edition of the BON Awards is scheduled to take place in Enugu come November 2024.

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Lifestyle editor Tomi Falade set to unveil two books




Nigerian writer, journalist and author Tomi Falade is set to unveil two literary exploits on Sunday, February 11.

The event is billed to be hosted by Gbenga Adeyinka 1st at De Rembrandt Hotel, Alausa, Lagos and will see Falade unveiling her first two books, ‘OLOBUN: Matriarch Of Ondo, Mother Of Legacy’, and ‘Dates From Hell.’

Falade, an entertainment editor with Independent Newspapers Ltd, opened up on her foray into the world of writing as an author and journalism saying, “My love for literature is what led me to journalism, and after over a decade in the media industry, my flair for telling extraordinary stories has not waned. I believe it is time to share another facet of my literary exploits with the world in drama and story form.”

On why she chose to launch the two books together, she revealed that it was mere coincidence.

“The plan was to originally launch Dates From Hell in 2023, but prevailing circumstances at the time made me move it to 2024. Now that the two books are ready I just thought that I could do both at the same time, so here we are. This is why I tagged the event a book party.

“Many people do not realise that literature can be fun, this event is to show that we can genuinely have fun with literature.”

‘OLOBUN: Matriarch Of Ondo, Mother Of Legacy’ is a rich drama set in 15th-century Oyo and explores themes of adventure, exile, and the birth of the lasting legacy of the Ondo Kingdom while ‘Dates From Hell’ is a collection of short stories based on true events of people on romantic dates.

Tomi’s flair for scripting extraordinary stories is evident in her extensive body of work, which includes well over a thousand stories and articles. Her portfolio encompasses a variety of genres, with dozens of published features and investigative stories that reflect her commitment to delivering compelling narratives.

As the Life Editor (Saturday) at Independent Newspapers Ltd, Tomi Falade continues to shape the literary landscape with her editorial expertise and keen storytelling acumen. Her ability to capture the essence of human experiences and translate them into captivating narratives has earned her respect and admiration within and beyond the journalism community.

“Dates From Hell” is poised to captivate readers with its promise of gripping tales, showcasing Tomi Falade’s unique storytelling style. OLOBUN is a recapturing of history reminiscent of the great playwrights of old. With her literary prowess, Tomi remains a noteworthy figure in Nigerian literature, leaving an indelible mark with each piece she crafts.

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FULL LIST: 2024 Grammy Award Winners…..




It was a poor outing for Nigerian artistes, none of whom bagged an award at the 66th Grammy Awards ceremony held at the Peacock Theatre in Los Angeles., United States on Sunday.

Five artistes of Nigerian descent – David Adeleke, aka, Davido; Damini Ogulu, aka Burna Boy; Ahmed Ololade, aka Asake; Olamide Adedeji, aka Baddo; and Oyinkansola Aderibigbe, aka Ayra Starr; all lost out of the Grammy in their combined 10 nominations across different award categories.

In November 2023, the five artistes were nominated for the 2024 Grammy Awards.

Below is the full list of winners of the 66th Grammy Awards:

Best African Music Performance

Amapiano – Asake and Olamide

City Boys – Burna Boy

Water – Tyla WINNER

Unavailable – Davido Featuring Musa Keys

Rush – Ayra Starr

Best Melodic Rap Performance

Sittin’ On Top Of The World – Burna Boy Featuring 21 Savage

Attention – Doja Cat

All My Life – Lil Durk Featuring J. Cole WINNER

Spin Bout U – Drake & 21 Savage

Low – SZA

Best Global Music Album

Epifanías — Susana Baca

History — Bokanté

I Told Them… — Burna Boy

This Moment – Shakti WINNER

Timeless — Davido


Her Loss – Drake & 21 Savage

Michael – Killer Mike WINNER

Heroes & Villains – Metro Boomin

King’s Disease III – Nas

Utopia – Travis Scott


Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II

Jack Antonoff – WINNER

Hit Boy

Metro Boomin

Daniel Nigro


Edgar Barrera

Jessie Jo Dillon

Shane McAnally

Theron Thomas – WINNER

Justin Tranter

Best Global Music Performance

Shadow Forces – Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer & Shahzad Ismaily

Alone – Burna Boy

Pashto – Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer & Zakir Hussain Featuring Rakesh Chaurasia WINNER

FEEL – Davido

Milagro Y Desastre – Silvana Estrada

Abundance In Millets – Falu & Gaurav Shah (Featuring PM Narendra Modi)

Best Album Notes

Evenings At The Village Gate: John Coltrane With Eric Dolphy (Live)

Written In Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos – WINNER

I Can Almost See Houston: The Complete Howdy Glenn

Mogadishu’s Finest: The Al Uruba Sessions

Playing For The Man At The Door: Field Recordings From The Collection Of Mack McCormick, 1958–1971

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

The Collected Works Of Neutral Milk Hotel


For The Birds: The Birdsong Project – WINNER

Inside: Deluxe Box Set

Words & Music, May 1965 – Deluxe Edition

Best Music Film

How I’m Feeling Now -Lewis Capaldi

Live From Paris, The Big Steppers Tour – Kendrick Lamar

Moonage Daydream – David Bowie WINNER

I Am Everything – Little Richard

Dear Mama – Tupac Shakur

Best Music Video

In Your Love – Tyler Childers

I’m Only Sleeping – The Beatles WINNER

What Was I Made For – Billie Eilish

Count Me Out – Kendrick Lamar

Rush – Troye Sivan

Best Song Written For Visual Media

Barbie World [From “Barbie The Album”]

What Was I Made For? [From “Barbie The Album”] – WINNER

Dance The Night [From “Barbie The Album”]

I’m Just Ken [From “Barbie The Album”]

Lift Me Up [From “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Music From And Inspired By”]

Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media

Call Of Duty®: Modern Warfare II – Sarah Schachner

Hogwarts Legacy – Peter Murray, J Scott Rakozy & Chuck E. Myers “Sea”, composers

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor – Stephen Barton & Gordy Haab WINNER

God Of War Ragnarök – Bear McCreary, composer

Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical – Montaigne, Tripod & Austin Wintory, composers

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media (Includes Film And Television)

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Ludwig Göransson

Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny – John Williams

Oppenheimer – Ludwig Göransson WINNER

Barbie – Mark Ronson & Andrew Wyatt

The Fabelmans – John Williams

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media


Barbie The Album – WINNER

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3: Awesome Mix, Vol. 3

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Best Comedy Album

I Wish You Would – Trevor Noah

I’m An Entertainer – Wanda Sykes

What’s In A Name? – Dave Chappelle – WINNER

Selective Outrage – Chris Rock

Someone You Love – Sarah Silverman

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Desire, I Want To Turn Into You


Jaguar II – WINNER


The Record

Best Immersive Audio Album

God Of War Ragnarök (Original Soundtrack)

Act 3 (Immersive Edition)

The Diary Of Alicia Keys – WINNER

Blue Clear Sky

Silence Between Songs

Best Historical Album

Fragments – Time Out Of Mind Sessions (1996-1997): The Bootleg Series, Vol. 17

Written In Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos – WINNER

The Moaninest Moan Of Them All: The Jazz Saxophone of Loren McMurray, 1920-1922

Playing For The Man At The Door: Field Recordings From The Collection Of Mack McCormick, 1958–1971

Words & Music, May 1965 – Deluxe Edition

Best Tropical Latin Album

Voy A Ti – Luis Figueroa

Siembra: 45º Aniversario (En Vivo en el Coliseo… – Rubén Blades… WINNER

Niche Sinfónico – Grupo Niche Y Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia

VIDA – Omara Portuondo

MIMY & TONY – Tony Succar, Mimy Succar

Escalona Nunca Se Había Grabado Así – Carlos Vives

Best Gospel Album

I Love You – Erica Campbell

Hymns (Live) – Tasha Cobbs Leonard

The Maverick Way – Maverick City Music

All Things New: Live In Orlando – Tye Tribbett WINNER

My Truth – Jonathan McReynolds

Best Roots Gospel Album

Tribute To The King – The Blackwood Brothers Quartet

Echoes Of The South – Blind Boys Of Alabama WINNER

Songs That Pulled Me Through The Tough Times – Becky Isaacs Bowman

Meet Me At The Cross – Brian Free & Assurance

Shine: The Darker The Night The Brighter The Light – Gaither Vocal Band

Best Rap Album

Her Loss – Drake & 21 Savage


HEROES & VILLIANS – Metro Boomin

King’s Disease III – Nas

UTOPIA – Travis Scott

Best R&B Album

Girls Night Out – Babyface

JAGUAR II – Victoria Monét WINNER

What I Didn’t Tell You (Deluxe) – Coco Jones

Special Occasion – Emily King

CLEAR 2: SOFT LIFE EP – Summer Walke

Best Remixed Recording

Alien Love Call

New Gold (Dom Dolla Remix)

Reviver (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix)

Wagging Tongue (Wet Leg Remix) – WINNER

Workin’ Hard (Terry Hunter Remix)

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