In a historic moment for Nigerian beauty pageants, Ugochi Mitchel Ihezue, the former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) 2017 from Imo State, made history by winning the coveted Miss Universe Nigeria 2023 crown. This remarkable achievement has firmly established her as the first woman to hold both prestigious beauty titles.
Ihezue faced fierce competition, emerging victorious among 36 other exceptionally talented contestants to secure the coveted Miss Universe crown. The grand event unfolded at the luxurious Convention Center of Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos on Sunday, September 10th.
During the ceremony, Miss Nasarawa earned recognition as Miss Photogenic, Miss Taraba captivated in the Best Traditional Costume category, and Miss Borno claimed the Miss Amity award.
Beyond the glamour, Ihezue is a staunch advocate for women breaking free from societal constraints to embrace limitless possibilities. Her dedication to this cause led her to pursue a rigorous MBA program at the prestigious Lagos Business School, equipping her with the knowledge and skills necessary to champion women’s empowerment.
As the reigning Miss Universe Nigeria, Ihezue is poised to represent her nation on the global stage at the upcoming Miss Universe 2023 competition, scheduled to be held in El Salvador on November 18th, 2023.
In 2023, Silverbird Productions revitalized Miss Universe Nigeria, setting it apart from MBGN. Guy Murray-Bruce, brother of renowned Nigerian politician Ben Murray-Bruce, unveiled MUN’s refreshed format, highlighting inclusivity regardless of marital status, body type, skin shade, height, or weight, effectively distinguishing it from its Westernized predecessor.
Ugochi Mitchel Ihezue’s dual crowning serves as a source of inspiration for women across the nation, showcasing that beauty and intellect constitute a potent combination capable of shattering barriers and forging paths to success.