BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA,
Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, has announced the award of international scholarship to 11 contestants of the Rivers State Golden Jubilee beauty pageant, who are already first degree holders.
This is as he commended the management of an indigenous oil company, Belema Oil, for awarding international scholarship to the 12 contestants who are school certificate holders.
Wike spoke in the early hours of yesterday in Port Harcourt,after the conclusion of the Rivers Golden Jubilee Beauty Pageant which witnessed Miss Charity Ogwutum (Miss Obio/Akpor) emerge as Miss Rivers Golden Jubilee.
Other winners include: Miss Chinenye Akaya ( Miss Oyigbo) First Runner-up, Miss Vivian Briggs (Miss Akuku-Toru), Second Runner-up, Miss Benibo Joseph (Miss Degema) Third Runner-up and Miss Elizabeth Nyedah ( Miss Gokana), Fourth Runner-up.
The governor called on the contestants of the Rivers State Golden Jubilee beauty pageant to ensure that they develop themselves to contribute to the growth of the state and the country.
Emphasizing that all the 23 participants at the beauty pageant are winners as they will promote the state as worthy ambassadors, Wike encouraged them to be steadfast in their pursuit of greatness, noting that the state government will support their education.
He said, “I want these contestants to pursue greatness. I want you to pursue academic greatness. After this event, don’t move from office to office, under the guise of a non governmental organisation.”
Also speaking, wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike said that the Beauty Pageant brought out the best in Rivers women.
The governor’s wife stated that all the contestants exhibited intelligence in addition to their beauty, adding that they represent the bright future of the state.
She said, “I amproud to be a Rivers woman. We have everything that a man wants in a woman. These are very confident women who are sure of themselves.”