About 70 undergraduates from Nigerian Universities will on Friday compete for the sixth edition of the Miss University Nigeria Crown, hosted by the FCT Administration.
President of 'Miss University Nigeria', Mr. Taylor Nazzal, who disclosed this at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja, explained that the beauty pageant was aimed at promoting the innate potentials of Nigerians students and youths.
"The Miss University Nigeria, which comprises all Nigerian Universities, stands out to be the most recognized and accepted beauty pageant that connects and unites both Nigerian students' community and the wider community across Nigeria and reach out to the grassroots.
"This is a non-bikini beauty pageant aimed at discouraging indecent dressing and prostitution, while celebrating beauties with brains. The grand finale will take place on the November 30 at A-Class Park in Maitama, where a new queen will be crowned Miss University Nigeria 2012," he added.
He said the winner of this event will become the Official National University Queen tagged 'Miss University Nigeria, adding that she will get the opportunity to represent Nigerian Universities and the country on the global stage at the Miss University Africa Pageant with 53 other African nations and Miss United Nations pageant with 150 other nations of the world.
Expected at the 2012 Miss University beauty pageant are the Minister of FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed; Minister of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide; wives of governors, ministers and members of the National Assembly, among others.
The Special Assistant to the Minister of State for FCT on Social Development, Mrs. Uche Nwafor, who represented the minister, noted that the pageant captured the vision of the FCT Administration for youths and women.
"The FCT Administration is in support of the beauty pageant as this will encourage young people to discover their innate abilities and eradicate prostitution among Nigerian women," Nwafor stated.