Miss Emegha F. Nkem, who hails from Oza-Nogogo in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, has done Ika Nation, nay Delta State proud by clinching the coveted Miss Values Culture of Nigeria title in a contest tagged Miss Values Etiquette and Culture, which final took place at Ladi Kwali Conference Centre of the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja on 30th May, 2009.
In a chat with the Culture Queen, simply called Nkem whose parents reside at the family house at Egun Street, Agbor disclosed to Ika Weekly that she was in town to attend the dedication of her younger sister?s child as well as to receive blessings from her parents. She disclosed that the contest, which produced Mr. and Miss Value Culture of Nigeria, started with 1,875 contestants; both males and females who were of 5.7ft minimum height between the age bracket of 19 and 28, but saw only 16 contestants at the grand finale.
Miss Emegha Nkem further disclosed that the contest is meant to promote the Nigerian culture in its diversity, by fishing out those who know much about the Nigerian culture as well as what it means to be a Nigerian. She pointed out that the essence is to showcase Nigeria culture through the Mr. and Miss Value Culture of Nigeria, emphasizing that the world should be made to know that the Nigeria woman is cultured as against the much touted scenario of Nigerian women being prostitutes and women of easy virtue, that is currently the shame of Nigeria woman hood abroad. This is to be achieved through worldwide symposia and seminars on Nigerian culture and etiquette.
The Queen whose tenure is one year stated that the contest which was sponsored by Okogwu Odigie Safewomb Foundation OOSIF in partnership with Prolife International, USA is also an avenue to effect Rebranding of Nigerian as was stated by none other than the Honourable Minister for Women Affairs, Salamatu Suleiman. In her words ?this also promotes the Rebranding of Nigeria as a national agenda.?
According to Miss Emegha, her rise to stardom started indirectly from her modeling career, which started in 2004, much to the chagrin and anger of her parents, at Blakes and Blakes International, Benin City with branches in Lagos and Abuja, where she picked her form for the contest that saw her at the top. She disclosed that being an Instructor and Coordinator of DESWAB Entertainment also in Benin City, are all contributing factors to her clinching the title, under the watchful eyes of her manager, Dr. Sylvester Odigie.
She also said that her immediate entitlement is a cultural tour to Ghana and later to other parts of the world as Cultural Ambassador in affiliation with Goethe Institute, a German Cultural Centre.
Miss Emgha had her kindergarten education at the then Crystal Nursery School, from where she went to Alasi Primary School, Owa, for her primary education before attending Marymount College, Owa for her secondary school certificate. She then left to the State School of Health, Benin City where she studied Community Health Extension Work (CHEW) between 2003 and 2006.
On her foray into the world of modeling and cat walking, Miss Emegha Nkem said she has had her fare share of events. Some of the events she partook in Benin City are Style and Vogue fashion show organized by Blakes and Blakes International in 2008 where her mettle was also proved, adding that she was also among those paraded as what by DESWAB the same year. She also participated in a fashion show organized by Tonix World in February 2009 where she was also among the top performers.
The Culture Queen who said she is pound to be an Ika and will carry Ika banner all about her, wherever she goes, in a word of advice to aspiring men and women said that no laurel is won on a platter of gold; but with had work and perseverance coupled with the fear of God, the sky is always the limit.