Chief Grace Atinuke Oyelude, the inaugural Miss Nigeria, joyfully celebrated her 93rd birthday.
The Chief who is the first woman to win the title of Miss Nigeria for the first time won the competition in 1957.
Grace Atinuke grew up in Northern Nigeria and represented the region after her brother submitted her photo to the pageant organisers’ Daily Times.
Back then, winners were selected by their submitted photos and as soon as she won, she disappeared from the limelight and used the £200 cash prize to travel to England and enrol in Nursing School.
She ended up a qualified nurse and was awarded the titles Iyaolu of Isaluland and Iyalode of Okunland.
The Miss Nigeria organization had gifted her a Peugeot back in 2015 and have always celebrated the birthday of the ex-beauty queen.
This year they took to their Instagram to say;
“We are immensely delighted to celebrate the evergreen beauty and brave leader, Chief Grace Atinuke Oyelude, on the occasion of her 93rd birthday.”
“Her courage, resolve, and great strength of character are excellent qualities that have endeared her to us and many others.
Happy birthday once again, to the very first Miss Nigeria, Chief Grace Atinuke Oyelude.
Thank you for pavering the way and setting the standards that all Miss Nigeria Queens walk through as well as your priceless contributions towards women empowerment.”
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