By Joshua Olomu
A non-governmental organisation, Peace Ambassador Agency (PAA), has picked Miss Oluchi Madubuko, 21, an undergraduate, as the winner of its “2016 Miss Ambassador for Peace” beauty pageant.
She defeated 23 other contestants at the event held on Saturday night at the Sheraton Hotels, Abuja.
The contestants are drawn from 24 states in the six geo-political zones of the country, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
PAA said the Abia state-born beauty queen will serve as Ambassador of Peace, preaching the message of peaceful and united Nigeria during her one-year reign as a peace ambassador.
The first and second runners up were also crowned Miss Peace Ambassador Nigeria and Miss Peace Ambassador Africa respectively to work with the new queen in the peace advocacy of the organisation.
Miss Chiamaka Chukwura, who represented the FCT and Miss Oriunu Faith, representing Nasarawa State, made it as the first and second runners up.
In her remarks, Madubuko a 400-level Mass Communication student of Abia State University, pledged to make her reign a success.
“I am very excited I won the crown, and I promise to make good use of this opportunity given to me by Peace Ambassador Agency.
“It has been my desire to be an agent of national peace. I will use this platform as an opportunity to fulfil that dream.
“I will work hard in collaboration with the organisation to promote tribal and religious tolerance among Nigerians,’’ she said.
The contest was a night of fun, comedy and music for Nigerians of different class who witnessed the fifth edition of the annual event.
Miss Ambassador for Peace/Peace Achievers Awards which started in 2012 is a flagship event of the organisation in its quest for promoting national peace and unity.
Mr Kingsley Amafibe, the Project Director explained that the initiative was aimed at creating awareness on the need to promote peace as a veritable tool for national development.
“This has been a vehicle through which we carry the message of peace across Nigeria.
“We, as an agency, have sought peace and we have preached peace through this unique platform that we have taken to different states and communities.
“The peace education campaign, which is targeted mainly at the youth, has reached institutions of higher learning and other youth communities through the Peace Ambassador project,’’ Amafibe said.
He noted that the organisation, in promoting oneness and national harmony, had embarked on donating relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons across the country.
He, however, urged Nigerians, especially the youth, to shun divisive tendencies for Nigeria to move forward.
*Edited by Kayode Olaitan