Mrs Francisca Okwu, the mother of a former MBGN beauty queen, has advocated the setting up of a regulatory body that will check the proliferation of beauty contests in the country.
Okwu, the mother of former queen Stephanie Okwu who was crowned the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) in 2013, said this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
NAN reports that the 25-year-old Stephanie Okwu, also represented Nigeria at the Miss Universe 2013 pageant in Russia.
According to Stephanie’s mother, the establishment of a regulatory body in the country will help the organisers to keep to the rules of the game.
She said that the body would be enforcing sanctions on erring organisers of pageants who did not have definite objectives to achieve.
`The regulatory body should enforce quality assurance measures to raise the bar on what is currently obtainable, if not the real motive of the business will be misplaced.
“Some organisers are usually in the habit of reneging on their promises. They make empty promises just to deceive innocent girls,” she told NAN.
She also suggested that the body should look into the quality of judges that get involved in pageants, especially, those with international links.
“To make our beauty pageants’ platform a standard one, the organisers must remove politics from it, the judges must not be subjective, but should be objective.
“ Subjective politics gives rise to nepotism, parochialism, race, colour, greed and most worrisome, `god-fatherism’,” she said.
She commended those pageants that had made education and the promotion of the girl-child their pet project.
“They are imbibing in them virtues of brain and beauty and such ones should be encouraged.’’
She also said that government should check lack of transparency some of the organisers were alleged to be involved in.
She also condemned instances where organisers were alleged to only be interested in reaping off contestants and their sponsors.
“Such is not obtainable in foreign countries and we have to kick against in our country,” she said.
She stressed that an ideal pageant should promote self confidence in the ladies, and helping them to regain their self esteem.
According to Okwu, such a motive will promote dignity, self respect, and excellence among the contestants.
She applauded some organisers of beauty shows whom she said had met international standards.
“I can boldly say that some of the organisers of our pageants have attained international standard.
“For that reason, one of our daughters, Agbani Darego, was crowned MissWorld in the past.
“ The only thing needed is to get more encouragements from corporate organisations to sponsor the contest to reduce cost,” she said.
She also advised potential contestants to always exhibit good conducts to discourage those who might want to take an undue advantage of them
She also appealed to organisers and would-be contestants to have the fear of God as their guiding principles.
She said that would safeguard and promote family values in the country.
Edited by Peter Dada