Annually, the Miss Nigeria pageant honours Nigerian women’s strengths and grants scholarships for higher education.
The winner sets an example for young women in the nation with exceptional abilities. Daily Times is presently in charge of organizing the contest.
Participants must be of Nigerian citizenship, unmarried, childless, and not pregnant, and have a strong grasp of English. They must be between the ages of 18 and 25, in good physical and moral health, and have only their ears pierced.
Shatu Garko, an 18-year-old hijab model who represented the northeast, Kano, is the current title holder. She is the first hijabi contestant and the first Muslim winner in the 64-year history of the pageant.
In this article, we highlight all past winners of the Miss Nigeria pageant. So, enjoy the read.
1957 – Grace Oyelude
1958 – Helen Anyamaeluna
1959 – Nene Etule Victoria
Nene Etule Victoria (Now Nene Malafa)
1960 – Rosemary Anieze
Rosemary Anieze (later known as Rosemary Anieze-Adams) was also known as “Miss Independence”. She represented Mid-Western Region. She later worked in TV and radio.
1961 – Clara Emefiena
1962 – Yemi Idowu
Yemi Idowu (Now Yemi Majekodunmi) represented Western Region ; she was also semi-finalist at Miss United Nations
1963 – Alice Adepe
Alice Adepe represented Northern Nigeria; she was the First Idoma winner
1964 – Edna Park
Edna Park represented Mid-Western Region First – and last – official Miss Nigeria at Miss Universe; now lives in the United Kingdom
1965 – Anna Eboweime
Anna Eboweime represented Mid-Western Region
1967 – Rosaline Yinka Balogun
Rosaline Yinka Balogun represented Western State. She was the first official Miss Nigeria at Miss World
1968 – Foluke Ogundipe
Foluke Ogundipe represented Western State
1970 – Stella Owivri
Stella Owivri represented Lagos
1972 – Victoria Bamidele
Victoria Bamidele represented Lagos State.
1977 – Toyin Monney
Toyin Monney represented Lagos
1978 – Irene Omagbemi
1979 – Helen Prest
Helen Prest represented Bendel. She was later known as Helen-Prest Davis and now Helen Prest-Ajayi. She is lawyer, author and columnist
1980 – Syster Jack
Syster Jack represented Lagos
1981 – Tokunbo Onanuga
Tokunbo Onanuga represented Lagos. She was dethroned after false WAEC results were discovered.
1982 – Rita Martins
Rita Martins represented Lagos
1984 – Cynthia Oronsaye
Cynthia Oronsaye represented Lagos
1985 – Rosemary Okeke
Rosemary Okeke Imo later known as Rosemary Wright, is a fashion designer. She is the last Miss Nigeria at Miss World.
1986 – Rita Anuku
Rita Anuku represented Bendel State.
1987 – Stella Okoye
Stella Okoye represented Imo State
1988 – Wunmi Adebowale
Wunmi Adebowale represented Lagos. She is now Wunmi Ogunbiyi; an ex-manager with Zenith Bank, and now a business woman
1990 – Binta Sukai
Binta Sukai represented Kaduna
1991 – Bibiana Ohio
Bibiana Ohio (now known as Bibiana Ohio-Esezeoboh) represented Lagos. Former actress is now real estate agent and voice artist
1993 – Janet Fateye
Janet Fateye later known as Janet Gabriel. She represented Lagos State. She is an IT consultant in United Kingdom
1994 – Clara Ojo
Clara Ojo represented Edo State. She is the longest-serving Miss Nigeria Miss Nigeria. She is now known as Clara Kolawole, she is an ordained pastor.
1998 – Regina Nwabunar Abia
Regina Nwabunar represented Abia State
2000 – Vien Tetsola
Vien Tetsola also known as the “Millennium Queen” represented Delta State. She is now known as Israel Shepherd; a pastor
2001a – Valerie Ama Peterside
Valerie Ama Peterside represented Rivers State. She was dethroned for falsifying her age and qualifications
2001b – Amina Ekpo
Amina Ekpo replaced Peterside Akwa Ibom. She is now an applied chemist
2002 – Sylvia Edem
Sylvia Edem represented Cross River State. She is the first South-South winner; now Sylvia Emechete, a businesswoman
2003 – Nwando Okwuosa
Nwando Okwuosa represented Anambra State. She is the last Miss Nigeria to compete at international level
2004 – Ene Lawani
Ene Lawani represented Benue State. She is now a fashion designer specializing in headgear
2010 – Damilola Agbajor
Damilola Agbajor represented Delta State
2011 – Feyijimi Sodipo
Feyijimi Sodipo represented Ogun State
2013 – Ezinne Akudo Anyaoha
Ezinne Akudo Anyaoha represented Imo State. She is now a lawyer and activist
2015 – Lessi Peter-Vigboro
Lessi Peter-Vigboro represented Cross River State. She is the first Ogoni winner; now a professional photographer
2016 – Chioma Obiadi
Chioma Obiadi represented Anambra State, she was previously Miss Earth Nigeria 2016
2017 – Mildred Peace Ehiguese
Mildred Peace Ehiguese represented Adamawa becoming the first North-Eastern winner
2018 – Chidinma Leilani Aaron
Chidinma Leilani Aaron represented Enugu State
2019 – Beauty Etsanyi Tukura
Beauty Etsanyi Tukura represented Taraba State
2021 – Shatu Sani Garko (Current Miss Nigeria)