A beauty pageant with a difference saw 19 year old Lagos University Teaching Hospital student Mosunmola Oladipo crowned Nigeria’s Miss Virginity 2015. Miss Oladipo shook off stiff competition from 51 other self-confessed virgins to claim the coveted crown.
Speaking shortly after winning the event, adorning the sparkling crown and holding a bouquet of red and white flowers, Oladipo said, “It’s all about self-determination. It is about knowing what you want to achieve. It is a thing of honour to be a virgin.”
The organiser and founder of the competition, Princess Adunni Adediran said the contestants were not medically or physically tested and the pageant was organised to honour and appreciate virgins.
Adediran said, “I was thinking of our female children who men repeatedly use to satisfy their carnal desires before they are finally dumped. These girls would have undergone several abortions till their wombs are damaged, and when they marry, they cannot have children. Some girls even run mad”.
When the competition started in its formative years, gynaecologists were made available to verify the girls’ virginities but they had to stop the practice of virginity testing following violation of privacy complaints from parents and government authorities.
Despite lack of official medical virginity confirmation, Adediran said “this time around, God forbid that anyone who is not a virgin would come here to contest”.
Nigeria also hosts other beauty shows which deviate from the conventional pageants whose standards of beauty are seen by some as discriminatory. Miss Curvy Nigeria is one such pageant founded by Hinkelmann Choice to “appreciate plus size ladies, they have been neglected in our society…[neglected by fashion designers and modelling agencies]”. The pageant will be held end of September.