by Hauwa Gambo
Isabella Ayuk, Miss Cross River, has been announced the winner of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2012. She was a Miss Nigeria contestant in 2004.
She was announced after Miss Kaduna, the 3rd runner up; Miss Abuja the 2nd runner up; and Miss Rivers the 1st runner up.
The pageant held on Saturday May 5, in Benin City, Edo State at the Best Western Hotels. It was hosted by the Edo State Government.
It was however marred by social network criticisms over the quality of the stage, the anchoring and the content referred to by some as “boring”.
Some of the other winners –
Miss Edo won for Miss Photogenic.
Miss Cross River won for Best Traditional Costume.
Miss Taraba won for Miss Amity.
Miss Gombe won for Miss La Casera.
Miss Kwara won for Face of Select Pro.
The anchors were Silverbird’s Toke Makinwa and Chris Okenwa. There were also performances by Banky W, Chuddy K and 2face Idibia who gleefully announced: “I don marry now o!”
The new MBGN represents Nigeria at the Miss World pageant.
See the @YNaija timeline on Twitter and Facebook for real-time coverage LIVE from the venue as reported by Ifeanyi Dike JR.