A New Miss Nigeria-USA is Crowned at the Culmination of a Weekend of Festivities
By Monsurat Adebanjo, Contributing Writer, June 21, 2016
On May 28th, 2016, the Miss Nigeria USA Charity Pageant was held in New York City at Symphony Space. The Miss Nigeria-USA Pageant Event festivities included a weekend of international performances, a Charity Ball, and of course, most importantly the crowning of the 2016 Pageant Queen.
Comedian Aphrican Ape and Ojinika of WPIX 11 hosted the pageant. Most of the artists performed in the genres of Afro-Beats—a genre of music originally created in Nigeria, typically featuring extensive drumming, in combination with many different forms of contemporary music.
The headlining performer of the evening was Nigerian crooner and international star, KCee; he thrilled the crowd and brought the audience to their feet. KCee performed his hits including “Reggae Blues,” “Pull Over,” and “Limpopo.” The excitement of the night was accentuated when KCee jumped off the stage and danced with audience members while performing “Pull Over.” Other performers that evening included the AVO Boys, Obaokiki, and Stylez. The AVO Boys are a dance trio who performed popular African dances including the Shoki, Azonto, and Skewelu, all the while integrating their high energy moves with today’s most popular hip-hop dances. Prior to the headlining act, Obaokiki and Stylez, emerging artists on the Afro-Beats scene, performed individually their new songs.
The Miss Nigeria USA Pageant was founded in 2014 by Joy Ikedinma and was established with the aim of celebrating Nigerian women by appreciating their intelligence, beauty, talent, and physical skills. The Miss Nigeria USA Pageant Event provides a unique opportunity for females of Nigerian heritage between the ages of 18-28 to demonstrate the richness and cultural ethnic values of the Nigerian Diaspora.
Although not quite at the level of Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe mix-up, there were some dramatic moments at this year’s Pageant, including, the discovery that a contestant was mistakenly announced into the ‘top five’ category. The mistake was discovered after the Question Round; Miss Oyo State was then replaced with Miss Akwa Ibom, who was originally supposed to be in the top five. Nevertheless, Miss Ekiti, Lola Adeoye, won, beating out eighteen contestants and emerging the winner of Miss Nigeria USA 2016. Miss Oyo State won Ms. Congeniality, and Miss Akwa Ibom was awarded first runner up.