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Miss UNICAL Emerges 6th Carnival Calabar Queen!

Posted: December 23, 2012 by CalabarBeckons in Cable car, Calabar

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A 20 year old, Anambra born and seating Miss University of Calabar (UNICAL), Miss Sophia Chidinma Dijeh, has emerged the sixth Carnival Calabar Queen 2012 and went home with a star prize of N2,000,000. and a brand new Hyundai saloon car.
The final year student of Department of Theatre Arts came victorious Saturday out of the 30 other contestants in a keenly contested beauty pageant in Calabar.
In her message at the ceremony, the initiator of the pageant and wife of the Cross State Governor, Mrs. Obioma Liyel Imoke, contended that the show which is packaged to select a carnival queen, primarily serves as the face of tourism of the state as well as an ambassador for Mothers Against Child Abandonment (MACA),a Non-Governmental Organization, which preaches abstinence among teenage girls believed to be the most vulnerable to unwanted pregnancy.
She maintained that the pageant, which has produced exemplary queens who have become role models for their peers since inception in 2007, as a melting point of activities, provides a platform for young ladies to re-discover themselves and become responsible adults in the society.
Mrs. Imoke pointed out that, despite daunting challenges which MACA encountered in the course of delivering its vision, it has remained very focus and resolute in serving the lives of young ones who are victims of unwanted pregnancy.
While thanking the various sponsors for their trust in her vision, she called on the new queen to see herself as an instrument which the Lord choses to serve her contemporaries from dismay.
Representative of VLISCO, the major sponsors of the event, lauded the effort of the initiator for her vision to render selfless services to the society, stating that they decided to support the show as part of their social responsibilities and promised the company’s willingness to partner the state in future.
In a valedictory message, the out gone queen, Miss Emem Udonquak, said that she was shocked to discover that she was a source of inspiration to the young ones in schools she visited across the state.
She thanked Mrs. Obioma Liyel Imoke and the state government for providing her the platform to excel during her reign and charged the new queen to be dedicated and focused as she takes the mantle of serving the society through MACA.
2012 Carnival Calabar Queen, Miss Sophia Dijeh,( Miss Hope Waddel), who expressed joy to the state for an open contest which saw her emerged as winner, promised to live according to the billings of the organizers.

One of Nigeria’s leading conglomerates, Dangote Group has picked the title sponsorship of the Children’s Carnival segment of Carnival Calabar.
With this development, henceforth, the Children’s Carnival will be known as Dangote Carnival Calabar Children’s Carnival.

The Executive Secretary, Cross River State Carnival Commission, Mrs. Elenda Osima-Dokubo, stated that with this offering, the profile of the Carnival Calabar will continue to blossom.

In her words,”Dangote was with us last year for the first time, they saw the value they got from their sponsorship last year. So this year, they have decided to partner us in a bigger way by taking the title sponsorship of the children’s carnival’.
“We are quite happy with this and will ensure that they get maximum value for their sponsorship”, she added, saying that with the development, the Children’s Carnival will be more colorful, bigger and even better.

The Children’s Carnival takes place on December 26 every year as a part of the three days of Carnival Calabar activities, explaining that the first is the Carnival King’s and Queen’s competition which takes place on the 25th and the cultural parade and children’s carnival that takes place on the 26 and the adult carnival popularly referred to as “Africa’s Biggest Street Party” which takes place on the 27th December every year.