5 Nigerian Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Former Beauty Queens

5 Nigerian Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Former Beauty Queens
Some of these Nigerian celebrities who broke out as beauty queens entered the film and entertainment industry later on. These former beauty queens in Nigeria are very well known as accomplished entertainment practitioners. Have a look at some of them.

Over the last six or seven decades, beauty pageantry has become a path for celebrities into stardom. From pageant contestants to beauty queens; some of these women evolve into other things and continue to thrive years after giving up their titles. We have seen some of these beauty queens re-brand themselves from just beauty queens to becoming popular and influential figures.

Here are five female celebrities who were at some point beauty queens.

5 Female celebrities former beauty queens in Nigeria

1. Ufuoma Mcdermott

Female celebrities former beauty queens in Nigeria

Mcdermott didn’t just start off as an actor but was a beauty queen back in 2002 [Instagram/UfuomaMcdermott]

Ufuoma Mcdermott stands out in this group because of the amount of beauty pageant crowns she has to her self. The Delta state born beauty and noticeably tall actor started her journey towards stardom in 2002 when she started taking part in beauty pageants.

5 Nigerian Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Former Beauty Queens

She went on to be crowned Miss Earth Nigeria 2004. She went on to represent Nigeria in Miss Earth 2004. [Wikiwand]

After winning a number of them, she hit the jackpot in 2004 when she contested in the Miss Nigeria beauty pageant; where she emerged 1st runner up.

She was crowned Miss Earth Nigeria 2004 and went on to represent Nigeria in Miss Earth World in the same year.

Female celebrities former beauty queens

She is married to Steven McDermott and they are blessed with two beautiful children. [Instagram/UfuomaMcdermott]

She is married to Steven McDermott and they are blessed with two beautiful children. It’s no news that after returning to the country from that pageant that Ufuoma decided to join Nollywood.

It is safe to say her sojourn to Nollywood has been one of the most successful shifts for any beauty queen.

She has starred in numerous movies and even gone home with several awards.

2. Stephanie Okereke-Linus

Female celebrities former beauty queens

The Imo state born actress took part in the 2002 edition of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria where she emerged runner up. [Instagram/StephanieLinus]

While several beauty queens made a shift to other careers after taking part in beauty pageant contests; Stephanie Okereke-Linus started acting as a teenager. The Imo state born actress took part in the 2002 edition of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria where she emerged runner up.

female celebrities former beauty queens

She got married to Linus Idahosa in Paris, France, at a private wedding ceremony.[Instagram/StephanieLinus]

It was no herculean task for the beautiful actress to go back to Nollywood. She became the toast of many producers as everyone wanted her in their movies. Okereke has starred and directed many projects in Nollywood. She got married to Linus Idahosa in Paris, France, at a private wedding ceremony. The couple is blessed with a son.

3. Munachi Abii

Sentiments aside, Munachi Abii is probably one of the most beautiful women to have ever taken part in the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant and won. [Instagram/MunachiAbii]

[Instagram/MunachiAbii]

Sentiments aside, Munachi Abii is probably one of the most beautiful women to have ever taken part in the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant and won.

Born in Port Harcourt, Munachi Abii took part in the beauty pageant in 2007 while in her second year at Benson Idahosa University.

female celebrities former beauty queens
Munachi Abii won the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in 2007

It didn’t come as a surprise that she won the contest that year. Just like every beauty queen, she ran an NGO for a while but it was apparent that she was passionate about something else.

In no distant time, Abii’s music career took off as she successful evolved into a rapper.

Female celebrities former beauty queens in Nigeria continued

female celebrities former beauty queens

[Instagram/MunachiAbii]

Munachi Abii has featured with a number of A list singers in some songs

She has worked with several music stars in the country including PSquare, J Martins, Waje where she featured in her hit single ‘So Inspired.’

She appeared in rapper Suspect‘s video for ‘I No Send You.’

4. Regina Askia

Regina Askia
Regina Askia

Unarguably the most beautiful actress to hit the TV screens in Nigeria; Regina Askia was a beauty queen just in case you missed that part of her profile.

While studying at the University of Lagos, she wore the Miss Unilag crown.

Regina Askia in 'Festival of Fire'
Regina Askia in ‘Festival of Fire’

It didn’t end there as she went to contest for the 1988 edition of Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria. She came second to Bianca Ojukwu nee Onoh. However, the following year after Bianca resigned, she won the MBGN pageant.

Regina Askia and her daughter
Regina Askia and her daughter

This was just the beginning of greater things ahead for her as she started modelling for different major brands in the early 1990s.

Stardom came calling in 1993 when she starred in the popular TV drama series ‘Fortune.’

Askia went on to become one of the biggest actors of her time. She presently resides in the United States of America with her husband and kids.

5. Osas Ighodaro

female celebrities former beauty queens
Instagram/OfficialOsas]
Osas Ighodaro might be one of the youngest on this list but she is one of the biggest celebrities in Nigeria at the moment.

Another thing that makes her stand out on this list is that she won her beauty pageant in the United States of America. She was Miss Black USA in 2010.

 

The Pennsylvania State University-trained journalist was crowned Miss Black USA Pageant in 2010. [MarlvelousBenson]
The Pennsylvania State University-trained journalist won the Miss Black USA Pageant in 2010. [MarlvelousBenson]

The Pennsylvania State University-trained journalist moved back to Nigeria a few years ago to kick start her acting career and there has been no holding back.

Ighodaro has starred in many major movies and TV series (Tinsel).

female celebrities former beauty queens
[Instagram/GbenroAjibade]

Her presenting skills are top-notch which earned the co-hosting gig at the 2014 edition of Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

She was married to Gbenro Ajibade for about three years before the marriage crashed. They have a child together.

 

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