A 20-year-old indigene of Anambra State, and student of Theatre and Media Studies, University of Calabar, Miss Sophia Dijeh, was on Saturday, December 22, 2013 crowned the sixth Carnival Calabar Queen. The beauty queen, who featured in the pageant as Miss Hope Waddell, was pronounced the winner of the prestigious Carnival Calabar Queen Pageant 2013 after performing series of impeccable acts before the judges and the entire gathering. The newly-crowned Queen has been declared the face of MACA (Mothers Against Child Abandonment), an initiative of the wife of the State Governor, Mrs Obioma Liyel Imoke, and will also serve as an Ambassador of Tourism for Cross River State. The event, which took place at the highbrow Venetian Arena on Murtala Mohammed Way, was a cornucopia of distinguished guests from all over the country, who graced the gala to witness history in the making, and were in no doubt thrilled with a most fantastic performance of the contestants.
They come from all over the country, in different sizes, shapes and backgrounds, but all of them have one goal - to clinch the highly-coveted Carnival Calabar Queen crown. The Carnival Calabar Queen Pageant, now in its sixth year is an initiative of the Wife of the Cross River State Governor, Mrs Obioma Liyel Imoke. The lucky winner, in addition to walking away with a brand new car, N2 million in cash and other goodies, gets to be an ambassador for Mothers Against Child Abandonment (MACA) and the face of tourism in Cross River State.
The organisers of the prestigious Carnival Calabar Queen Pageant (CCQ) have selected a host of top celebrities in Nigeria to serve as judges for the grand finale which is scheduled to take place on the 22nd of December at the Venetian Plaza, Murtala Mohammed Highway (by ITF Building) Calabar, Cross River State. Judges include Richard Mofe Damijo, Mo Abudu, Chris Ndule, Rosemary Okeke and Ransome Owan.
The organizers of the Miss Carnival Calabar Queen Pageant has begun the search for the beauty queen that would take home the coveted crown in the 2012 edition of the beauty pageant. The 2011 edition saw the emergence of Emem Udonquak, who has been the ambassador for tourism in Cross River State and as well as the face of Mothers Against Child Abandonment (MACA), an initiative of Her Excellency, the wife of the Governor of Cross River State, Obioma Ledal Liyel Imoke.
The Carnival Calabar Queen Pageant (CCQ) is an annual pageant that holds in Calabar every December, a week before Christmas. This year promises to be more exciting as mouth-watering prizes have been lined up for the winner and the runners up. The lucky winner will walk away with a brand new car worth N4million, N2million cash prize, one year clothing supply from Vlisco, one year makeup supply, and one year accommodation in the Government lodge. The first runner-up will get five hundred thousand Naira (500,000) and second runner-up takes home two hundred thousand Naira (200,000).
Forms are available at the rate of five thousand Naira only (5,000) at Yellow Chili, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, Springs Day Spa, Abuja, and Mega Hilton Hotel, Calabar. The contest is open to all Nigerian ladies between the ages of 18-27. To qualify, participants must have spent one year in the university and possess a minimum intelligence quotient of 70%.
Ticket sales and funds from fundraising from the pageant will be donated to Mothers against Child Abandonment (MACA). The Organization, among other things, caters for abandoned babies and also implements abstinence based programs in a bid to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy in the state.
The Carnival Calabar Beauty Pageant is part of the activities marking the annual Calabar festival which is an initiative of the Cross River State Government. The festival aims at developing the tourism potential of the state and attracts tourists from all over the world.
The sponsors for this year event are Vlisco, Mega Hilton hotel, Yellow Chilli, Springs Day Spa, Minds of Creation, Channel View Hotel, CRS Tourism Bureau, Surefoot America School and Rita’s Makeover.