The ancient city of Ibadan in Oyo State is known for its pace setting trend and being the first in many things. The city is the home for the premier University, the premier teaching hospital, the first high-rise building, first Television station in Africa, among many others. It’s however disappointing that Oyo State has never won a national beauty competition.
Ibukun Olabisi is however set to make history. The 19-year-old student of the department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile Ife, an indigene of Eruwa, Oyo State will represent Oyo State at this year’s edition of Mr and Miss Nigeria International and aims to bring home the crown. The event is set to hold in October, at Ruby Gardens, Lekki, Lagos where Olabisi will be competing with 36 other contestants from different parts of Nigeria.
An exquisite and alluring model, Olabisi expressed optimism that she will clinch the crown, “I aim to do Oyo State proud at the event. It’s disheartening that no one from Ibadan has ever won a national beauty pageant. Oyo State is a pace setter State. We set the pace while others follow. The crown is coming to Oyo State this time.”
Olabisi’s manager and mentor, an award-winning supermodel, Savage Ayodeji Afeez, who is also the managing director of Gazelle guest management, protocol and modeling agency an Ibadan based modeling agency expressed confidence in Olabisi’s prowess. “She was hand-picked among other models because of her outstanding qualities.”
“We see a lot of potential in her. Olabisi is intelligent, passionate and works with so much drive. She is selfless and is already setting up a non-governmental Agencyoraganisation (NGO), to reach out to the underpriviledged,” Ayodeji, who is the first Nigerian to win gold and silver medals at the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) added.