Sunday, October 9, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.37 - Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2011

Nigeria is located in West Africa and shares land borders with Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. The name Nigeria was taken from the Niger River running through the country.  Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean. The three largest and most influential ethnic groups in Nigeria are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. The people of Nigeria have an extensive history with evidence showing that human habitation of the area dates back to at least 9000 years before the Common Era. The area around the Benue and Cross River is thought to be the original homeland of the Bantu migrants who spread across most of central and southern Africa. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, the seventh most populous country in the world. The number of languages currently estimated and cataloged in Nigeria is 521. This number includes 510 living languages, two second languages without native speakers and nine extinct languages. In some areas of Nigeria, ethnic groups speak more than one language. Nigeria has a total area of 923,768 square kilometers. The highest point in Nigeria is Chappal Waddi at 2,419 meters. The main rivers are the Niger and the Benue River which converge and empty into the Niger Delta, one of the world's largest river deltas and the location of a large area of Central African Mangroves. Nigeria is also an important center for biodiversity and has a varied landscape. The far south is defined by its tropical rainforest climate. In the southeast stands the Obudu Plateau. Coastal plains are found in both the southwest and the southeast. Nigeria's most expansive topographical region is that of the valleys of the Niger and Benue River valleys. To the southwest of the Niger there is rugged highlands, and to the southeast of the Benue are hills and mountains which form the Mambilla Plateau. The area near the border with Cameroon close to the coast is rich rainforest and part of the Cross-Sanaga-Bioko coastal forests eco-region, an important center for biodiversity including the drill monkey, which is only found in the wild in this area, and the world's largest diversity of butterflies. The area of southern Nigeria between the Niger and the Cross Rivers has seen its forest more or less disappear to be replaced by grassland. Everything in between the far south and the far north, are savannahs. Nigeria debuted in Miss World 1963 and produced a winner in 2001 with Agbani Darego, three other representatives have reached the semifinals. This year, Sylvia Nduka, the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2011, will represent her country at the 61st Miss World pageant.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Sylvia Nduka, Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
My name is Sylvia Nduka from Anambra State in Nigeria. A student of University of Lagos studying Accountancy (300 Levels). A humble and easy going person who loves hanging out with friends.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
My hometown Isuofia is one of the Ibo speaking communities that make up Aguata Local Government in Anambra State. It is also one of the eastern states that make up the thirty six states of my country Nigeria. Nigeria which was amalgamated in 1914 is the largest country (in land mass) in the Western part of the African Continent. With a population of over 150 million people and three major tribes consisting of Ibo, Hausa and Yoruba, Nigeria is popularly known as "The Giant of Africa". 
Blessed with many mineral resources (Nigeria is among the world's largest exporters of crude oil) and diverse ethnic cultures, Nigeria boasts of such famous names like Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Ahmed Bello, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa and Obafemi Awolowo.
The present President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria is Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan and the capital territory is Abuja.
I love my country and am very proud to be representing Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
It is a once in a life time honor to be chosen from the 34 contestants that participated in MBGN 2011.
More importantly it is a great responsibility to showcase the rich cultural heritage of my country Nigeria to the rest of the world. Indeed I am delighted and grateful to be representing Nigeria in the 61st Miss World finals.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
Tuface Idibia's African Queen. First and foremost the title is of essence considering my position as Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria. The song talks about the beauty of an African woman which I stand for on behalf of my country Nigeria and continent Africa.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Ten years from now I see myself affecting lives in a meaningful and positive way with my projects.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I have so much admiration and respect for former Director General of Nigeria Stock Exchange - Dr Ndidi-Onyiuke Okereke.
Her numerous contributions towards restructuring and revitalizing the Nigerian Stock Exchange makes her stand among giants in the history of Nigeria. Furthermore, it is not just her strides but the strength she projected in her field. She stood for what every African Woman should be in the society - Strong and Inspiring.
I believe every woman in general could learn alot from the milestones of the wonderful lady Dr. Ndidi-Onyiuke Okereke.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
If I had or am presented with an opportunity to choose any other country to live in, I would still love to live in my country Nigeria but would visit other countries and still come back home as my country Nigeria is a wonderful and great nation to live in.

9. After the Sendai Earthquake, nuclear energy has become a focus of attention. Are you in favor or against the use of this kind of energy as a way to reduce the dependence on oil?
The earth's ozone layer is depleting on a daily basis as a result of the emission of dangerous by-products of crude oil in the form of toxic wastes.
The introduction of nuclear energy is a welcome development that would guard against issues of ecological/environmental hazards caused by the drilling, toxic emissions, deforestation and aquatic devaluation in the search for crude oil.
Although it would greatly hamper some economies, but like the saying "Health is Wealth", I believe that commerce/industrial activities should be environment friendly to forestall such disasters like the Sendai earthquake occurrence in Japan.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
The worst kind of human injustice happening is global child molestation/labor especially in under-developed countries.
Children are said to be leaders of tomorrow but what chance does tomorrow stand when the young leaders are victims of abuse and neglect.
Over 3 billion people walk the face of the earth and there are margins suggestive of an increment in the population but how well would this population augur when its future lies in the hands of an endangered part of the society.
Child neglect and abuse is a menacing evil eating deep into the lifespan of human existence and unless something is done quickly human race may be headed for definite calamity.
The panacea is/would be a collective effort towards identifying the tell-tales that result in this human injustice.
Determination, communal cohesion, compassion and sacrifices for one another is needed from all quarters to save our dear leaders of tomorrow.

11. What are your duties as the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2011?
My duties as MBGN 2011 includes:
a. Being a good ambassador for my country Nigeria, representing her and the citizen's interests.
b. Being a liaison for the youth in the area of education, health care, shelter and better living conditions.
c. Playing my part in the effort towards building a better society.
d. Being a voice for the less privileged ones in the society who needs care and attention.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
They are social networks through which a beauty pageant title holder can get to meet/fraternize with people of diverse ethnicity, beliefs, cultures, ideology and language who form the bulk of her social responsibilities. They are viable tools for getting to understand the populace and knowing how they feel which provides a channel for affecting their lives positively.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
Human beings are defined as having human forms or attributes; having sympathies and frailties of human nature; created in God's image and possessing distinct attributes different from other living things.
 Being human entails appreciating life, co-existence and impacting on the larger hemisphere of existence.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
My purpose in life is to be of service to humanity in line with personal ideals and principles. To use my position to set a legacy that would not only serve as a landmark but be seen to be affecting change in the society.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
I want to say a big thank you and express my gratitude for the opportunity to be of service to my country Nigeria and supporters.
In the past I often wondered how to make a change in my time and this is it.
Being part and contesting in the 61st Miss World finals is a huge responsibility which I intend to make the most use of, which would not have been possible without YOU.
While counting on and being appreciative of your unwavering support and trust in me, I promise not to let you down.
To my fellow contestants; it is going to be tough but may the best woman win. I reiterate on my personal motto: Time waits for nobody.

and finally...
Personal Motto: Time waits for nobody
Personal Goal: To leave a legacy
Favorite Food: Amala and Ewedu
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Song: African Queen by Tuface Innocent Idibia
Favorite Movie: Inception
Favorite Book: Going Home by Danielle Steel
Favorite Singer/Band: Tuface Innocent Idibia and Nicole Scherzinger
Favorite Actor/Actress: Genevive Nnaji and George Clooney
Favorite Hobby: Listening to music
Favorite Sport: Football

Toscar Roberts, Publicist Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria
Silverbird Group
, License Holders of Miss World in Nigeria
Sylvia Nduka
, Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2011

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