NGO seeks support for beautiful deaf girls, other physically challenged
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Most Beautiful Deaf Girl in Nigeria (MBDGN) Group, Dr Tolulope Oko-Igarie, has urged Nigerians to support the physical challenged to achieve their dreams and contribute to national development.
Oko-Igarie made the appeal when she visited a Board Member of Deaf Women in Nigeria, Hajia Bola Muse, in her office in Lagos.
The CEO was in company with the winner of the MBDGN pageant, Miss Maria Okese of Rivers, and the first and second runners-up.
According to Oko-Igarie, the Most Beautiful Deaf Girl in Nigeria pageant had been on the pipeline since 2010.
“I started this programme out of compassion because I was a guest speaker at a deaf government school programme in Port-Harcourt. I then began to ask myself questions.
“I learnt about a lot of issues facing the physical challenged such as rape and drug abuse which can make one to think that the deaf world is a different world entirely.
“I wrote to the international and Africa deaf beauty pageants; I got franchise, but we were not able to go, because we did not get sponsorship,” Oko-Igarie said.
She expressed satisfaction that the maiden edition of the contest successfully held on Nov. 1, in Lagos.
In her response, Muse, also the CEO of BOMARAH Foundation, pledged her continued support for the physical challenged to enable them to do their best.
Muse hailed the efforts of the MBDGN Group for giving physical challenged persons a platform to express themselves.
She promised to do her possible best to empower the Most Beautiful Deaf Girl in Nigeria, Maria Okese, a professional photographer, to enable her to achieve her goals.
The CEO of Africa Blookchan Alliance, Mrs Ngozichukwuka Uri, appealed to Nigerians to give a sense of belonging to the less privileged.
She pledged continued support for them.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Miss Bose Odedina emerged the first runner-up and Miss Chinazo Columba emerged the second runner-up in the MBDGN contest held in Lekki, Lagos State.
NAN reports that the MBDGN Group organised the contest in conjunction with Empathy Driven International Initiative, an NGO that focuses on protecting and defending the physically challenged in Nigeria.
Edited by Cecilia Odey/Ijeoma Popoola
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