The road to the finals of CCQ 2013 begins with auditioning in Calabar,

Lagos and Abuja. Successful candidates in these centres make it to
Calabar in December. They are lodged in a camp; where for two weeks
ahead of the contest proper, receive lessons on singing, dancing,
physical exercises, arts and crafts. Lectures are also delivered on
various topics, especially on contemporary issues and visits to tourist
sites.
And for the two weeks, there is no dull moment. Everyday
is filled with activities. The contestants get to know one another
better, make friends and learn about so many things in the world.They
have chaperones who guide them and make up artists to beautify them.
Fashion designers are not left out as they design what the girls wear on
the final day. Worthy of note this year was the designer Affifima of
Affifima Couture who made most of the beautiful evening wears the
contestants wore.Chinenye Uwalaka won the maiden edition held in
2007. The crown went to Queeneth Orok in 2008, while Mayen Ekpo
succeeded her the following year.In 2010, Adaeze Eluke drove
home with the star prize of a car and N2million with Emem Udonquak doing
the same in 2011, Sophie Chidinma Dijeh emerged winner of the sixth
edition in 2012.
Chinenye afterwards became a lawyer; Queeneth now
owns a boutique and hair dressing salon for kids in Calabar; Mayen an
event manager in Akwa Ibom State and Adaeze into acting (movie) and
modeling.

The CCQ 2013 pageant was spectacular, The first outing
by the ladies was a parade in Lilac gowns, followed by self-introduction
and good wish speech by the outgoing queen. A few minutes later, the
contestants returned to the stage clad in national/traditional attires
and finally evening wears with each explaining the significance of her
attire.

Under this was an amazing mix of colours, style and poise
as they cat-walked the stage beaming with smiles. And Exhibition of
talent.

The Judges were using the following criteria: intellect,
diction, poise, cultural presentation and good looks. The judges for
each of these awarded points. To win, a contestant must have scored the
highest number of points.

The contestants dropped from thirty to ten and to the last five,questions asked the final five contestants were
done electronically. Each contestant picked a number of her choice to
answer the three questions reeled out.

With all the activities performed by the ladies, anxiety took over. While the contestants had
butterflies in their stomach, the audience was nervous. Who will wear
the crown?

This question was soon answered as Miss Nancy Olive Aisagbonhi who featured in the pageant as Miss Mary Slessor beat 29 other bevy of beauties to clinch the coveted title and crowned the
prestigious Carnival Calabar Queen 2013/2014. She was outstanding in all
activities of the contest, For her gait, brilliance and creativity, she
received a standing ovation immediately her name was announced.

Nancy-Olive was awarded lots of  prizes including a brand new car, a cash prize of 2
million Naira, a trip to Jamica and accommodation in the Government Lodge, Calabar.

The newly-crowned Queen has been declared the face of MACA (Mothers Against Child Abandonment), an initiative of the wife of the State Governor, Mrs Obioma Liyel Imoke, and will also serve as an Ambassador of Tourism for Cross River State.

CCQ 2013 winner Nancy-Olive I. Aisagbonhi was born on November 9,1995, a native of Ubiaja,Edo state she is a 200 level student of applied chemistry Niger Delta University,Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, She attended holy child secondary school Calabar. She is a very talented beautiful young lady with a lot of potential, and undoubtedly will play her role as MACA ambassador very well.


Hope Obeten writes from Calabar, Cross River State

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