A Nigerian student in far way Philippines recently won a beauty pageant. The second-year college student from Central Philippine University, (CPU) made history by becoming the first Dinagyang with an African heritage.
She was crowned as Miss Dinagyang at the glamorous event amidst applause from Africans and the Nigerian community.
Emily Victoria J. Oke, of Ilongga beat nine other candidates penultimate Wednesday at the glittery pageant held at the University of San Agustin Gymnasium in Iloilo city, Manila, Philippines.
Miss Dinagyang is one of the highlights of the yearly festival. The winner of the black is beautiful pageant represents Iloilo City in the annual search for "Reynang Aliwan," the beauty pageant of the Aliwan Fiesta, a showcase of the country's best festivals staged in Metro Manila every summer.
Oke, an 18-year-old Biology student who combined beauty with brains also bagged other awards. She performed creditably and won in the interview category, talent, casual wear and festival costume categories.