The Akwa Ibom State government has endorsed the staging of The Face of Nigeria Beauty and Style pageant in its state capital, Uyo.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Pageant Director, Ayo King Ayelade on Thursday.
According to the statement, the grand finale of the show will take place on September 23, 2016, at the prestigious Le’Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo.
Ayelade said that in the endorsement letter issued to the organisers of the pageant, All Times Promotions Ltd, dated December 15, 2015, by the Akwa Ibom State Tourism Board, the state government recommended the pageant to Nigerians for identification and support.
The letter, signed by the Board’s Head of Administration, Mrs. Boma Edyang, read, “Further to your application on the above subject and in line with the Board’s mandate of developing the state’s abundant tourism potentials, I wish to convey the Board’s endorsement on your organisation to organise the proposed Face of Nigeria Beauty Pageant 2016/2017.
“The Board recommends All Times promotions Ltd, to any individual or organisation for support in respect of the above named project only”
The Face of Nigeria also known as Nigeria’s Orange Beauty Pageant is the world’s first Orange beauty festival. The 2016 edition of the festival is designed to promote the Rights of the Nigerian Girl-Child to education as well as celebrate Akwa Ibom State as the fastest growing destination, South-South Nigeria. The theme of The Face of Nigeria, 2016 is “…celebrating the bests of Nigeria”
While celebrating the beauties of Nigeria, the pageant seeks to lamppost the beauties of the people of Akwa Ibom state, the tourism potentials as well as the glitz and glamour that the state resonates.
According to Ayelade, the grand finale of The Face of Nigeria is being proposed to be one of the major sideline events for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the creation of Akwa Ibom State.
He further noted that the organisers of the pageant, has intensified preparations to kick–off the campaign for the sales of entry forms as well as the commencement of the screening segment, which starts in Uyo this quarter.
Other screening centres are Enugu, Asaba, Ibadan, Lagos and Abuja.