Oluwatosin Shittu emerges Queen Moremi 2017
An Engineering undergraduate, Miss Oluwatosin Shola Shittu has been crowned winner of the Queen Moremi Ajasoro Beauty Pageant 2017, at the grand finale of the show which held at the Oriental Hotel, in Lagos after a 10-day camping at the Ife Grand Resort, in Osun State.
The contest was an initiative of the Royal Palace of the Ooni of Ife, in his efforts to recreate the legacies of one of the greatest heroines of Yorubaland, Queen Moremi Ajasoro.
Shittu battled out more than 25 contestants at the finals to get the crown, following the eviction of 16 candidates out of the 41 contestants that went for the training at Ile Ife, out of 500 applicants that obtained the form to participate in the event.
The undergraduate of Elizade University, Shola-Shittu took over the reign from the first and outgoing queen, Blessing Animashaun, a 600 level Dental student of the University of Ibadan in 2016.
Speaking with elation, 22-year-old Shola-Shittu said: “I feel great, I am short of words because I see myself as a testimony for hard work, it proved that nothing can be achieved without hard work and determination. I would focus on the upliftment of the younger generation as soon as I assume office, I am kicking off with projects for school children and youths. I have a tour-to-schools programme where I will encourage the pupils on the essence of hard work, teach them that nothing can be achieved without patience and hardwork,” she said.
The contest, which was sponsored by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, was open to young ladies from ages 18 years to 25 years, of which at least one of their parents must be of Yoruba lineage from Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Lagos, Ondo, Kwara and Kogi states. The young ladies were expected to exhibit the virtues of Queen Móremí by demonstrating their natural beauty, intellectual and entrepreneurial acumen.
While presenting the award to the queen, Ooni of Ife, the grand patron of Queen Moremi Ajasoro (QMA), also pronounced her the Cultural Ambassador to his throne for one year, and presented to the new queen, a N5 million investment fund and a brand new salon car.
Ogunwusi thanked the judging panels, the organizers comprising Princess Ronke Ademiluyi and others for doing an excellent job of ensuring that the entire process was fair and of the highest standard.
Also speaking, the wife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, urged everyone to support and uphold the nation’s culture and heritage.
The event also had award presentation to dignitaries who has contributed in the industry, which includes veteran actor Jide Kosoko, Laja Adedoyin, Falilat Ogunsanya, Funke Oshinaike, and others.
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