Shatu Garko, 18-year-old Hijab-wearing model, has emerged winner of the 2021 Miss Nigeria beauty pageant.
Garko, a horse-riding lover, who hails from Kano state represented the North West region of Nigeria during the pageant.
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Despite being the youngest contestant, Garko beat 17 others to become the first hijab-wearing model to wear the Miss Nigeria crown, she was crowned as the 44th queen of the competition during the coronation ceremony held in Lagos on Friday night.
The new queen Nigeria won N10m, a 1-year residency at a luxury apartment, a brand new car, and other mouth-watering brand ambassadorship opportunities.
According to the organisers, the pageant showcases the positive attributes of Nigerian women every year.
“Thousands of applications (were)received. The number was pruned down to the top 37 and an additional 3 wildcard semi-finalists.
“The general public then got a chance to contribute to the process of choosing the 21 finalists who made it into the Miss Nigeria Bootcamp, which has now been further cut down to the top 18 finalists who will be going into the finale,” said Chioma Nwigwe, Manager of the Miss Nigeria Organisation.