2010/2011 Carnival Calabar Queen Emerges
Adaeze Priscilla Aluke, Miss Creek Town contestant of the recently held Calabar Carnival Queen 2010 pageant, has emerged the 2010/2011 winner. Adaeze who hails from Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State, beat twenty six other contestants to win the keenly contested crown.
She is an OND graduate of Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu, prior to winning the contest was on Industrial Attachment. In addition to the crown, She won a brand new Toyota car and Two million naira.
Miss Anyansi Nneka Joany, who contested as Miss Eyo Honesty, won Five hundred thousand Naira as the first runner up, while Okpa Effa Phrida who was Miss Mary Slessor came the second runner up and went home with a Two hundred Thousand Naira prize.
Miss Congeniality went to Miss Kwafalls, Emi Nonye Harry from Rivers State, while Miss Photogenic, Isoyip Mercy, from Yakkurr, in Cross River State who contested as Miss Millenium Park.
The competition was indeed, a tough one for the carefully selected judges who were comprised of an Author and an International makeup Artist, Eryca Freemantle; Sasha Pee, a Hip Hop and a visible female Artist in Nigeria; Fola Adeola, founder of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, as well as Toyin Subair, a lawyer and entrepreneur who is also into media and entertainment sector and Sir William Archibong, Chairman Obudu Mountain Race. Poise, diction and intelligence were some of the criteria used in judging the contestants.
The girls who made appearances on the stage in short dresses, traditional and national costumes, evening wear were dropped to the top ten who were selected on the fifth appearance which also witnessed display of talent by the contestants after which five of them were selected for the finals.
The last appearance was the high point of the occasion. The girls answered questions from the panel of judges and at the end, Adaeze Priscilla Aluke, a former student of IMT Enugu, Campus emerged winner.
Sequel to a documentary on her Mothers’ Against Child Abandonment (MACA) initiative, The Wife of the Cross River State Governor, Mrs. Obioma Liyel-Imoke, explained that the Calabar Carnival Queen Pageant (CCQ), was introduced in 2007 as part of the Calabar Festival, not only to select a face of tourism but also as a spokesperson for MACA. She added that the pageant is also a platform to raise funds for the care of abandoned babies and vulnerable teenage pregnant girls.
Speaking further, Mrs. Liyel-Imoke in an emotion laden voice decried the spate of abandoned babies in the state and pleaded that people who found themselves in such position shouldn’t throw away their babies to die but should take them to the “The Refuge Home” for care.
According to her, most of the people who do this are usually teenagers who fall victims of rape, incest and promiscuity largely as a result of a breakdown in the family structure. “It is not good to dump a child in the dustbin to die or kick a pregnant girl out of the house, if you kick her out she will dump the child. Some of them have been raped and abused. Two wrongs don’t make a right, use the facility provided by MACA project, as those perpetrating the act would be prosecuted by the Child Rights Law ”. Mrs. Liyel-Imoke said.
The initiator of MACA, however, was optimistic to see that these babies and the vulnerable ones realize their potentials, experience proper home environment with proper foster parents. She disclosed that so far over 100 abandoned babies have passed through the “Refuge Home” and about 60 housemates been catered for at The Refuge Home for teenage pregnant girls at risk, adding that the Senator Liyel Imoke lead administration is providing purposeful leadership to make sure Cross River State is Fit for every child and thanked him for being supportive of her programmes. She equally expressed her appreciation to all who have donated to her projects.
The occasion was witnessed by the former Governor, Mr. Donald Duke and his wife, the Deputy Governor Barr. Efiok Cobham and his wife, Senator Florence Ita Giwa, Members of the House of Representative and House of Assembly. Other top government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, corporate bodies and tourists among others.
Some of the artistes that thrilled the crowd with their music were Omawumi and Flexi, Mr. Cool and also a female comedian, Mandy.