Pageant Industry In Nigeria And Its Bitter Sweet Sides

Pageant Industry In Nigeria And Its Bitter Sweet Sides

The Pageant Industry in Nigeria has Become an industry to reckon with in as much as it is an industry that does good, it also has its evil sides, let’s not dwell on any of these but look at this vibrant industry as it concerns Nigeria in contrast with the world. As usual most Nigerians

The Pageant Industry in Nigeria has Become an industry to reckon with in as much as it is an industry that does good, it also has its evil sides, let’s not dwell on any of these but look at this vibrant industry as it concerns Nigeria in contrast with the world. As usual most Nigerians want to do every business they find their peers doing especially when they think it is succeeding and this ideology has sadly affected the pageant industry. Pageant competitions are supposed to create employment, enhance the fashion world, bring to live the mannequins that strut the stage and idolize young beauties by giving them platforms to showcase their talents, but in Nigeria it has become a beehive of infidels, nonprofessionals and mediocrity has become the order of the day! People now associate pageantry with a lot of ills such as prostitution, homosexuality etc.

Emmanuel Ikubese

Emmanuel Ikubese

Pageants are supposed to be a platform where talents are seen and appreciated just like the way it is done in Miss world, Miss Universe,Miss Earth etc. In these competitions participants come from different parts of the World to showcase what they are made of. The organizers look out for discipline, beauty, talent, uniqueness, intelligence, but it is a total opposite today in Nigeria it has been bastardized, as the competitors find their way to do “runs” backstage with organizers. Some pay in cash, others in kind and some others pay in ways we may never know, hence making the industry have a bad name.

This doesn’t just happen in the pageantry industry alone, it spreads across both the  fashion and entertainment industry as a whole. The problem I see here is that there’s no strict rules or laws that regulate the activities in these sectors. And the government don’t take it any inch serious.

Well, since we are in the era of re branding Nigeria, a good name and a good representation outside the country will do the country well. This should be enough reason why the government should come in through the Ministry of Tourism to promote and support these competitions.Organizers can’t be blamed if they demand for payment for forms because they do not get the necessary support they need from Government to sponsor these competitions.

Queen Celestine

Queen Celestine

Pageantry, I believe can reduce the level of unemployment if it supported and well harnessed. A lot of young girls can be taken off the street with these avenue as we have seen in the case of Olajumoke.

The likes of Agbani Darego(Miss World 2001), Emmanuel Ikubese(Mr World 1st Runner up), Chinenye Ochuba, Collete Nwadike(Face of Universe 2015), Oluchi Onweagba(Nokia Face Of. Africa), Doyin Haastrup(Top  model) Queen Celestine(MBGN Universe) have all done well and have given Nigeria a good name, let us create more by supporting and harnessing pageantry.

 

Cheers!

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