Miss Earth Nigeria
|Motto||Beauties for a Cause|
Miss Earth Nigeria is an annual national beauty pageant in Nigeria to select its representative to the international Miss Earth pageant. The pageant, with the theme "Beauties for a Cause" is organized by AMC Productions, and began sending representatives to Miss Earth a year after the international pageant was established in 2001.
The current titleholder is Maristella Okpala a dental technologist and licensed Cabin Crew who represented Nigeria at the 2018 international Miss Earth Pageant in the Philippines. https://www.bellanaija.com/2018/10/maristella-okpala-representing-nigeria-2018-miss-earth-international-beauty-pageant/
Originally, titleholders were winners and contestants of rival pageants Miss Commonwealth Nigeria (Vanessa Ibene Ekeke) and Miss Nigeria (Ewemade Ogbebor), until Miss Earth Nigeria became a pageant in its own right in 2004. The winner is expected to work in collaboration with environmentalist and state parastatals on how to make water safe, check erosion, pollution among others. The pageant also conducts road shows to educate people on the three R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle).
- Color key
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as runner-up
- Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Below are the Nigerian representatives to the Miss Earth pageant according to the year in which they participated. The special awards received and their final placements in the aforementioned global beauty competition are also displayed.
|Year||Miss Earth Nigeria||County||Notes|
|2002||Vanessa Ibene Ekeke||Unplaced|
|2003||Eva Ewemade Ogbebor||Unplaced|
|2005||Ethel Okosun ||Unplaced|
|2006||Ivy Obrori Edenkwo||Unplaced|
|2007||Stacey Garvey||Top 16|
|2008||Uko Ezinne||Top 16|
|2009||Nkesi Gift Okandu
|2010||Inarah Anthonia Isaiah||Unplaced|
|2014||Damola Akinsanya||Unplaced||Best Teacher|
|2016||Chioma Precious Obiadi||Unplaced||National Costume (Africa)|
|2017||Eucharia Akani||Unplaced||Long Gown (Group 2)|
|2018||Maristella Okpala||TBD||National Costume (Africa)|
In 2009, Law student Nkesi Okandu was dethroned by pageant organisers after she refused to compete in Miss Globe International as opposed to Miss Earth. Fiberesima later claimed that she had received threatening phone calls from Okandu's family who argued that her substitution was unfair. The newly crowned queen was labelled "rude" by the organisers, and was forced to resign after just two weeks, allowing second-place winner Biochemistry student Modesta Alozie to compete at Miss Earth instead, and reign as Miss Earth Nigeria for the remaining eleven months. It has since been argued that this was a plan to eliminate the winner, noting that while Okandu had signed her contract on September 25 (the same day she was asked to compete in for Miss Globe International), Alozie was already being credited as the winner of Miss Earth Nigeria on the Miss Earth website as early as September 22.
Munachi Uzoma, who won the pageant in 2011, accused the organisers of breach of contract following their failure to give her the N1000,000 cash prize and brand new car, and disclosed that some of her predecessors also suffered similar treatment.
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- Miss Earth Accuses Organisers Of Breach Of Contract