By Collins Yakubu-Hammer
The 2022 edition of Miss Nigeria Integration Beauty Pageant (MNIBP), an initiative geared towards promoting peaceful co-existence among Nigerians and women empowerment, is set to hold in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Mirabel Etuk, Founder and President of Bella Amor Aid Foundation, organisers of the annual beauty fiesta disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
According her, the grand finale of the pageant will hold in the FCT on Nov. 20, in which seven Beauty Queens would be crowned, representing each of the six-geographical zones and FCT.
She explained that the Queens would champion the campaign for peace and national integration, as well as women and children empowerment in line with the mandate of the foundation.
“We need to spread the message of peace and unity among Nigerians, especially as the 2023 elections approaches, and will have chosen the FCT to host this edition as our centre of unity.
“Registration for this year edition has started nationwide and it will end on Sept. 30, followed by audition and camping, before the grand finale billed Nov. 20, 2022.
“The empowerment of women and the under privileged is a cardinal aspect of our vision as a foundation over these years, and this will be passionately pursue along with the emerging queens.
According to Etuk, gender-based violence is an unhealthy trend the foundation has been fighting through its campaigns, adding that the emerging queens are expected to champion as well.
She added that child labour and the increasing numbers of out-of school- children was also a concern to the foundation and was working towards empowering underprivileged mothers.
“When you empower a woman, you empower a community because she will in turn empower her children and provide for them and this the foundation have been able to do over these years.
“However, we need more hands and that is why we started sourcing for the beautiful young talented, focused, determined young ladies and most especially the ones who have love for their communities,” she said.
She, however, called on relevant government bodies and Nigerians of goodwill to join hand with the Foundation in its quest for a peaceful and secured society. (NAN)
Edited by Isaac Aregbesola