The 19-year-old model, actress and show host, Udeh Precious, beat stiff competition from 19 other contestants to emerge winner of the 2018 Sisi Oge Cultural Pageant. Precious, who started modelling from the beginning of 2017, shone like a million stars to win the coveted crown. Debby Oduneye and Iruka Lolade Madubulum Joy were also winners on the night as they emerged Sisi Oge Tourism and Sisi Oge Culture respectively.
The contestants were judged on interpersonal skills, social graces, poise, etiquette, intelligence, entrepreneurial potentials, cultural awareness, leadership attributes and moral cores. The event featured four outfit segments covering ethnic representation, dinner, carnival and dance while there were performances by music artistes.
It was indeed a night of colourful cultural displays, exhibition, mini carnival, music, comedy, dance, cultural pageant and fashion show as eminent personalities turned up for the occasion. Among dignitaries who graced the night include Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Steve Ayorinde, Hajia Abbah Folawiyo, Chief Nike Davies Okundaye, Princess Toyin Kolade (Iyalaje) and eminent royal fathers.
Others include Hajia Bisi Shuaibu, Otunba Wanle Akinboboye, CEO of Five Star Music, E Money, Shina Peller, Funmi Ajila Ladipo, Dr Peter Obafemi, Engr Deji Doherty, Oscar Yao Doe, Professor Babatunde Babawale, Temilola Hamzat, Kunle Afolayan, Shola Sobowale, Charles Ifidon.
Idris Aregbe, Chief Executive Officer of No 1 Heritage Solutions, organisers of the event, said the annual cultural event was their own little way of promoting culture, fostering unity and aiding development, thus making the world a better place. This platform, over the years, has become a unique feature of ‘My Heritage, My Pride’; a cultural event that showcases the African culture enmeshed in contemporary values and also an opportunity for raising young cultural ambassadors.