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Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, has announced the award of international scholarship to 11 contestants of the Rivers State Golden Jubilee beauty pageant, who are already first degree holders.

This is as he commended the management of an indigenous oil company, Belema Oil, for awarding international scholarship to the 12 contestants who are school certificate  holders.

Wike spoke in the early hours of yesterday in Port Harcourt,after the conclusion of the Rivers Golden Jubilee Beauty Pageant which witnessed Miss Charity Ogwutum  (Miss Obio/Akpor) emerge as Miss Rivers Golden Jubilee.

Other winners include: Miss Chinenye Akaya  ( Miss Oyigbo) First Runner-up, Miss Vivian Briggs  (Miss Akuku-Toru), Second Runner-up, Miss Benibo Joseph  (Miss Degema) Third Runner-up and Miss Elizabeth Nyedah  ( Miss Gokana), Fourth Runner-up.

The governor called on the contestants of the Rivers State Golden Jubilee beauty pageant to ensure that they develop  themselves to contribute  to  the growth  of the state and the country.

Emphasizing that all the 23 participants at the beauty pageant  are winners as they will promote the state as worthy ambassadors, Wike encouraged them to be steadfast in their  pursuit  of greatness, noting that the state government  will support  their  education.

He said, “I want these contestants  to pursue  greatness. I want you  to pursue  academic  greatness.  After this  event, don’t move from office to office, under the guise of a non governmental organisation.”

Also speaking, wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike said that the Beauty Pageant  brought out the best in Rivers women.

The governor’s wife stated that all the contestants exhibited intelligence  in addition  to their beauty, adding that  they represent the bright future  of the state.

She said, “I amproud  to be a Rivers woman. We have everything that a man wants in a woman. These are very confident women who are sure of themselves.”

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