The Ikorodu-based Oshodi Art Gallery has inaugurated a beauty pageant show called ‘Miss Arts Nigeria 2021’ with the aim to empower the Nigerian lady through art, beauty and culture. A first of its kind, Miss Arts Nigeria is a cultural reawakening for female participants who are willing to promote and learn more about their culture.
The contest which is open to ladies between the ages 18 and 27 years will involve skill acquisition in the area of animation, adire making, traditional meal preparation amongst others. The contest is indeed an extension of the gallery’s preoccupation.
“We will also like to inform stakeholders, private institutions and government parastatals that Miss Art Nigeria 2021 that is officially open for partnership both in product, monetary and service mediums. Oshodi art gallery will be using the medium to promote its various art collections to Nigeria and the rest of the world,” Dr. Paul Oshodi, the CEO, Oshodi Art Gallery, said.
He further revealed that each contestant would be required to dress in a way that reflects the culture of her state of origin and demonstrate her cooking skills.
The gallery brand adviser, Nathaniel Ogunyale in his remarks described Nigerians as the most beautiful persons in the world.
“Unfortunately, we don’t harness that potential and benefit from it. We cannot survive in isolation. All the young ones identify each potential and it’s going to be a beautiful reward for the society at large,” he said.
The winner of the Miss Arts Nigeria Pageant gets a cash prize, a brand new car while the first and second runners-up will get cash prizes as well.
The online registration for the contest kicked off on Friday June 25 and will run till the last week of September. Oshodi Art Gallery, a choice destination for schools and tourists, is reportedly the second largest gallery in Nigeria which boasts of 17,000 art works.