The Miss Nigeria 1957 organization is honoring Chief Grace Atinuke Oyelude, the inaugural Miss Nigeria, in anticipation of her upcoming 93rd birthday on Thursday, November 16, 2023.
In an official statement supported by Rita Dominic, the Chairman of Miss Nigeria 1957, the organization expresses its participation in honoring the nonagenarian alongside family members, friends, and professional colleagues.
The statement expresses our profound joy in commemorating the timeless elegance and courageous leadership of Chief Grace Atinuke Oyelude on the momentous occasion of her 93rd birthday. Her exemplary courage, unwavering determination, and remarkable strength of character are commendable attributes that have garnered her admiration from us and numerous others.
The statement recognizes Oyelude’s pioneering endeavors in motivating young girls and women of all generations to pursue their aspirations. It specifically highlights her skill in utilizing the Miss Nigeria platform to make significant contributions to her nation and humanity as a whole.
As per Mr. Fidelis Anosike, the proprietor of Folio Communication, which holds ownership of Miss Nigeria 1957, Chief Mrs. Grace Oyelude is regarded as an exceptional mother figure and a pioneering advocate for the empowerment of women.
Chief Grace Atinuke Oyelude was born on November 16, 1931, in Sabon Gari, Kano. Her parents are James and Martha Oyelude. She emerged as the winner of the inaugural Miss Nigeria pageant in 1957, triumphing over a pool of more than 200 Nigerian women. Subsequently, she allocated a portion of her prize money, amounting to 200 pounds, towards her journey to England, where she pursued a course of study in the field of nursing. Following a brief period of employment in England, she subsequently returned to Nigeria to assume multiple roles and responsibilities.
In extending well wishes for her good health and overall well-being, the chairman of Miss Nigeria 1957 expressed gratitude to God for the grace that has allowed Chief Oyelude to reach the remarkable age of 93 years. Additionally, a prayer was offered for the Almighty to bestow upon her the strength to persist in her dedication to serving humanity.
It is important to note that following approximately 16 years of successfully organizing the pageant and receiving positive feedback, Fidelis Anosike, the founder and chairman of Folio Communications, has recently delegated the task of producing and organizing the Miss Nigeria Pageant to The Audrey Silva Company (TASC). TASC is owned by his wife, Rita Dominic, and the esteemed film director, Mildred Okwo.
Currently, TASC is in the final stages of preparing to announce the official call for entries for the esteemed Miss Nigeria pageant. This highly anticipated event is scheduled to take place during the first quarter of 2024.