Arigidi Akoko, Ondo State stood still on the 22nd of July, 2016 as royal fathers, celebrities and dignitaries stormed the town to witness the annual Okota festival. To add value and colour to the celebration, Olokun Foundation has instituted an annual beauty pageant.
According to the Chairman, Olokun Foundation, Otunba (Dr) Gani Adams, Miss Okota Beauty Pageant is to engage the younger generation and refuelling their knowledge on African social value system and a blend of contemporary reality.
“I believe there must be a social reality entertainment beauty pageant for females during the celebration of our day in Arigidi. And we thank God for the successful hosting of the event all these years”
The well packaged event of Miss Okota 2016 led to the emergence of Miss Mariam Ahmed, a ND 2 student of Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, who went home with the star prize of a brand new car while the first runner-up, Miss Uzoka Gabrielle got a price of N100, 000 as the Second runner-up, Miss Foluso Amos, went away with N75, 000.
The event, which was witnessed by more than 5,000 participants at Ayase Hall in Arigidi, Akoko witnessed the presence of HRM Oba Yisa Olanipekun, The Zaki of Arigidi-Akoko; HRM Oba Ipinmoroti Timothy, Oluro of Uro-Ajowa; HRM Oba Clement Omo-Ola, Oloso of Oso-Ajowa; Honourable Tofeeq Isa, Chairman, Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, Chief Femi Davies; members of Oodua Progressive Union (OPU); National Coordinator Council of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Sola Fajobi, Kunle Adeyemi, Mr Idris Bello, CEO, Shybell Media; Mr Lookmon Akintola and many others.
Otunba Gani Adams, in his remarks, thanked the almighty God for using Okota festival as a contact of blessing to past winners of past beauty pageants and participants saying that Miss Okota 2011 Beauty Queen, Miss Ayomikun Idowu, gave birth to a bouncing baby boy in United States of America three months ago.
He emphasized that Okota Festival is a festival which spreads fortune, prosperity and peace and stokes the tissue of potency in men and fertility in women. “This is why we cannot look elsewhere and allow whatever vogue to draw away from this wonderful potent traditional heritage of our forefathers.”