Mr Nigeria

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Mr Nigeria is a male pageant which selects contestants to compete at Mister World. Although it had been run by several organisers in previous decades, the current franchise holder is Silverbird Group, who also organise Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN).

The current title holder is International Relations graduate Emmanuel Ikubese, and his platform is Domestic Violence.[1][2]


The criteria for the competition includes Nigerian citizenship and at least a WAEC certificate, with the age limit being 18-25. Catwalk experience is also preferred, but not necessary. Prizes for the winner vary each year, but have always included cash; as of 2014, it stands at N1,000,000, and some winners have also received a car.[3]

International level[edit]

While Mr Nigeria is not as popular or consistent as MBGN, representatives from the Silverbird version have performed notably better than their female counterparts at international level, with three of its four winners placing at Mister World. Its biggest achievement to date was in 2014 when Emmanuel Ikubese emerged first runner-up at Mister World 2014 behind Danish carpenter Nicklas Pedersen.[4]

Title holders (Silverbird edition)[edit]

Year Title Holder International level
2007 Bryan Okwara[5] Semi finalist, Mister World 2007
2010 Kenneth Okolie Second runner-up, Mister World 2010[6]
2012 Deji Bakare [7][8] Mister World not held
2014 Emmanuel Ikubese First runner-up, Mister World 2014; Mister World Fashion and Style 2014;[9] Sport event winner (Sailing team)