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24th July, 2013.
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State congratulating Miss Anna Ebiere Banner as the winner of the 2013 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Pageant.

MBGN turns Bayelsa into tourism hub

The 2013 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Pageant (MBGN)has confirmed Bayelsa State as the new tourism destination in Nigeria as it successfully hosted over 2,000 local and foreign visitors in Yenagoa in an event won by 18 year old Miss Anna Ebiere Banner.

The newly crowned Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria was handed a brand new car. According to Silverbird Group, she is also expected to represent Nigeria in the Miss World Pageant later in the year in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The event which was held at the Banquet Hall of the Bayelsa Government House in Yenagoa, was keenly contested by 32 contestants drawn from across the country.

Ebiere Banner defeated her closest rival, 19 year old Miss Imo State, Stephanie Okwu to emerge the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria MBGN.

Okwu Stephanie emerged as first runner up. Others include second runner up, (Miss Adamawa) Powede Lawrence was second runner up while Miss Kaduna, Enoma Agboniko clinched third runner up.

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has also appointed the 18 year old Miss Anna Ebiere Banner winner of the 2013 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria MBGN pageant as his Special Assistant on Culture and Tourism.

n the same vein the governor chose the Beauty Queen as the state's ambassador on culture and tourism.

The governor reiterated his desire to make the state the tourism hub of Nigeria and Africa.

In his remarks, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Chief Edem Duke said Bayelsa State has been chosen to host the 2013 Festival of Arts and Culture of Arts in September.

He said the event which would attract over seven thousand visitors to the state is expected to boost the economy of the state.

The minister also disclosed that UNESCO has approved the state as Africa Centre of Excellence for Underwater Imaging.

Duke who described tourism as one top money spinning venture worldwide lauded Governor Dickson for championing the course of the tourism sector and showcasing Nigeria's beauty.

Source: leadership.ng/vanguardngr.com

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