Chioma Okafor, Saturday night, won the Miss Intercontinental Nigeria Beauty Pageant 2014. To emerge the winner, she defeated 29 other contestants in the competition held in Lagos. Miss Lagos, Scarlet Shotade, was the first runner-up, while Miss Abia, Sopuruchi Onwuka, was the second runner-up. Okafor , with this win, also claimed a grand prize of N2.5 million, a brand new car and the chance to represent Nigeria at the Miss Intercontinental World Beauty Pageant to be held in Jordan later this year. The first runner-up got N1.5 million, while the second runner-up pocketed N1 million. Okafor was chosen by the panel of judges after she excelled during the “Camp” and at the grand finale, which was held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. Other winners of the night were Miss Imo, Chiamaka Maduewesi who won “Miss Amity’”, Miss Osun, Idera Johnson who won the “Best Traditional Outfit’’ award and Miss Nasarawa, Chiamaka Chukwujekwu who won “Miss Photogenic”. The rest are Miss Lagos who won “Miss Charismatic”, Miss Kebbi, Udeaku Nwankwo and Miss Katsina, Adaobi Mbonu who also made it into the Top Five contestants. Part of the events for the night included the contestants coming on stage in swim wears, traditional wears and evening wears as well as musical performances by Jo-El and the Explicit Dance crew. Miss Okafor said that her position as Miss Intercontinental would be used in representing Nigeria creditably. “I intend to set up an entrepreneurial foundation to help the youth to showcase their talents and become independent. This will help to reduce unemployment and child-trafficking in the country.” She said that she will also love to work with my role model, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija and her foundation. The event organiser, Dr Chukwunonso Okonkwo, stated that the event was to create awareness for Nigeria and Africa in the selection of its representatives at the world stage. “We want to produce another Bianca Ojukwu who first won this crown as Miss Bianca Onoh, and today she is a good ambassador of the country. Miss Intercontinental Beauty Pageant will take pageantry to the next level in Nigeria and produce reputable queens for the country,’’ he said. Miss Intercontinental Nigeria 2014 was held under licence from the World Beauty Organisation, WBO, which owns the franchise for more than 40 years.