Olowookere Adebukola has emerged winner of the 2019/2020 edition of the Queen Moremi Ajasoro (QMA) beauty pageant.
Adebukola, a young, vibrant and intelligent teenager, defeated other 30 other finalists to clinch the crown
The 19-year-old queen, who narrowly escaped from being evicted at the final stage, broke down in tears of excitement and joy as soon as the result was announced
Oyetayo kofoworola, came second while Oladipupo temitope, bagged the third position.
Adeyeye Ogunwusi, ooni of Ife, said the aim was to promote the Yoruba culture among the youth to prevent it from extinction.
The monarch presented a brand new car and N1 million empowerment fund to the winner.
He added that the new queen automatically becomes the cultural ambassador to the ooni and would enjoy the privilege of being part of his foreign trips’ entourage.
Agbara, the first runner-up, went home with N750,000 cash gift while Oluwaseyi would receive N500,000 cash gift.
The monarch added that every other contestant would go home with N200,000 cash gift to compensate them for their efforts.
Some of the participants also received various awards. Ayinde-Kodaolu Olorunfunbi Tinuade won Miss Photogenic, Ogunyede Deborah was crowned miss Amity, while Akerele Modupe bagged Miss culture award.
The concept of Queen Moremi is an adaptation of traditionally objectified women’s spaces, into an arena for leadership development, research which incorporates the development of culturally relevant mechanisms of leadership training within the societies.
QMA Cultural pageants has in the last 4 years offer a place for young women to become spokespersons on social justice issues, without the objectification of entering beauty pageants.
The cultural pageant also provides a glimpse of how cultural groups wish their national identity to be portrayed to the general public allowing us to present images of young leaders, confident in their heritage, introducing themselves in their Native language, and committed to cultural continuity and sustainable Nations.
The young women develop culturally based leadership skills and become role models, the community gains language and cultural revitalization.
The event was well attended and supported by A-list socialites and celebrities in the music and movie scene. Some of the special guests include Princess Toyin Kolade, Erelu Dosumu Abiola, Iya Rainbow, Liz Anjorin , Lanre Teriba, Wole Oni and a galaxy of royal fathers.
Veteran actor and creative arts progenitor, Tunji Sotimirin was the anchor and Princess RonkeAdemiluyi did spectacular in 2019 QMA beauty pageant