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Do you remember Agbani Darego, the first and only African woman to win Miss World modelling title. Such a feat! Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria(MBGN) was the modelling platform her dreams were realized and she is one of the numerous women that have benefited from the show.

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History of MBGN

Ben Murray-Bruce was the pioneer of MBGN, formely known as Miss Universe Nigeria under the management of Silverbird. The show officially started in 1983 with Omololu Ojehomon as the first winner of the show. Back then, the winners could not contest in International modelling competitions, hence it was revamped to MBGN in 1986.

MBGN winners were to represent Nigeria at Miss world and hereafter, Miss Universe from 2004. The winners of the show are to keep their titles for a year before conferring it on the next winner. In case the winners resign or don’t finish their tenure, the second-place winners are to continue in their stead.

The winners must adopt a platform known as Pet project. The platform is to address an issue facing Nigeria. It can be children education, Polio, Sickle cell Awareness, etc.

From 2007, the show produced four more representatives aside the winner. They are: Miss MBGN Universe, MBGN Tourism, and MBGN Ecowas. There is also MBGN Ambassador. Its winners don’t participate in International competitions but they perform ceremonial model duties in Nigeria. 

Differences between MBGN and Miss Nigeria.

1.MBGN winners compete at international modelling competitions while Miss Nigeria winners don’t.

2.MBGN focuses more on physical beauty while Miss Nigeria focuses more on inner beauty.

3. Miss Nigeria winners receive modelling contract as part of their prizes while MBGN winner don’t.

How to apply for MBGN

Before you can be selected to represent your state at the finals, you have to pass through a state audition. The audition screens the candidates and selects the best for the finale.

Requirements of MGBN

1. You must be a Nigerian.

2. You should be single (never had a child or married).

3. You should be beautiful.

4.You must be between18– 25 years.

MBGN form

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The form costs five thousand naira only.

Prizes to be won by MBGN winners.

The prizes may change this year but:

1. You stand a chance of representing Nigeria at international contests.

2.The winners are usually given cars and cash prize of three million naira.

How to get MBGN form

The 2022/2023 form is not yet out.

You can get your form at Silverbird Galleria 133 Ahmadu Bello Way Victoria Island(if you stay in Lagos) or visit register for more update.


After the screening exercises, that is audition, the selected contestants will stay at a boot-camp where they will be trained on etiquette and stage presence before competing at the finals.

MBGN winners from 1986 till date.

1986 Lynda Chuba Imo

1987 Omasan Buwa Delta

1988 Bianca Omoh (Resigned) Abuja

Regina Askia (Took over) Akwa Ibom

1990 Sabina Umeh Niger

1991 Nike Oshinowo Rivers

1992 Sandra Petgrave Akwa Ibom

1993 Rihole Gbinigie Edo

1994 Susan Hart Lagos

1995 Toyin Raji Kogi

1996 Emma Komlosy Lagos

1998 Chika Chikezie Imo Imo

1999 Angela Ukpoma Niger

2000 Matilda KerryRivers

2001 Agbani Darego Rivers

Ann Suinner Abuja

NB: Runner-up took over the title of MBGN after Agbani won the Miss World 2001

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2002 Chinenye Ochuba Anambra

2003 Celia Bissong Cross River

2004 Anita Uwagbele Edo

2005 Omowunmi AkinnifesiKwara

2006 Abiola Bashorun Lagos

2007 Munachi Nwankwo Imo

2008 Adaeze Igwe Anambra

2009 Glory Chukwu Nasarawa

2010 Fiona AmuziePlateau

2011 Sylvia Nduka Taraba

2012 Isabella Ayuk Cross River

2013 Anna Banner Bayelsa

2014 Iheoma Nnadi Akwa Ibom

2015 Unoaku Anyadike Anambra

2017 Ugochi Ihezue Kebbi

2018 Anita Ukah Imo

2019 Nyekachi Douglas Rivers

2020. No competition due to COVID-19

2021 Oluchi Madubuike Abuja

You can be the next Nigeria top model and add your name to the long list of winners.




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This article was first published on 30th April 2022


My name is Agbagba Bukola. I write about the business and exciting world of fashion.

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