How do you explain a contest which wasn’t clear and properly publicized from the very beginning. From the name “NIGERIA’s CENTENARY PAGEANT” one would expect the pageant to be one based on merit devoid of corruption, nepotism and everything that would show cheating, but no! First, the contest lacked enough publicity, judging by its name, it should be a very wonderful pageant, a different one and very superior. It should have been on air from day one since its a pageant set out to mark 100 years of Nigeria as a country. It should have been given the best of publicity but its funny most people didn’t know about it and still don’t know about it. From the look of things, someone squandered the money meant for publicity and gave the pageant a poor outlook. The contestants entered into the camp for the pageant proper, there was no proper information. We all waited patiently until the voting started. The system of vote was initially alright although most people were complaining about inability to vote. But from the angle of vote counts, it was very okay because we were able to see the contestants and their various votes. We were happy because we thought for once, Nigeria is doing something right. But all of a sudden that changed! One person can now vote a million times and the vote counts no longer showed. Everyone expressed their concern. The moment the vote stopped showing, we knew there was more to it. We knew something was wrong. We knew someone in the Organizing team wanted to favour someone. We knew a Centenary Queen was already chosen before the contest and our votes aren’t needed. Everyone was complaining and most took to facebook to poor out their hearts. Now, all the contestants are good, that’s the reason only 38 of them were chosen out of so many. Yes! Only one person will win, like in all contests, we know that and that is the more reason things should be done the right way. You don’t openly cheat and expect people to keep quiet. Now, I ask, what made Queen Ubah representing Imo state the winner of Nigeria’s Centenary pageant? I remember clearly before the vote counts were dubiously removed that Queen Ubah was on 0%! So what made her the winner of Nigeria’s centenary pageant? My Goodness! This is pure Nepotism and fraud!! I am really ashamed for Nigeria and its people!!! So this is the reason? This was the reason why the vote were suddenly removed and not shown to the public. The Queen Ubah lady doesn’t deserve this victory at all. She was on 0% all through the vote and all of a sudden the vote was removed. Why bring out innocent girls from their homes when the organizers already chose a queen before the contest? That’s why it wasn’t screened. It was hardly on air. I weep for Nigeria and Nigerians because Mediocrity will go on as long as corruption remains. The three people that should have won this contest and I know everyone expected to win are KENECHUKWU ANONA, ANNA AKPALA or AUGUSTINA ABRAHAM. That Queen Ubah was no where close to winning. The grand finale wasn’t on air, our votes stopped showing. Nigeria’s Centenary Pageant is fraud! We all sing about a unified Nigeria but there will never be unity in a country where corruption is the order of the day. There will never be unity when nepotism is the norm. There will never be unity when we refuse to do the right thing. NIGERIA’s CENTENARY PAGEANT is a clear case of shameless corruption.
The grand finale wasn’t on air, our votes stopped showing. Nigeria’s Centenary Pageant is a clear example of corruption!