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Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Anne Titilope now Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria

By Muyiwa Adeyemi and Godwin Ijediogor

TARABA State-born Miss Anne Titilope Suinner is now the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria. She steps unto the dais vacated by Miss Agbani Darego who was last Friday elevated to Miss World.

Miss Suinner, 20, an undergraduate student of Olabisi Onabanjo University (formerly Ogun State University), Ago-Iwoye, was yesterday crowned at a brief but colourful ceremony at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

According to Mr. Guy Murray-Bruce, executive vice-president, Silverbird Communication, which sponsored Agbani Darego, "if we say we are happy and excited by the event that happened on Friday, November 16, 2001, it is an understatement.

"We are overwhelmed by what has happened. We are proud that she has done us good at the international level."

Murray-Bruce added: "Agbani Darego is the ultimate of all the years we have toiled to reach this point of excellence."

According to him, Agbani has been a success story since she was crowned as the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in March.

"Agbani was one of the top ten most beautiful women in the Miss Universe contest that took place in Puerto-Rico in May. She was also invited by international supermodel, Naomi Campbell, for a fashion show titled" Frock'n' Roll" that took place in Barcelona, Spain, in June to benefit the Nelson Mandela's children's charity where she wined and dined with Nelson Mandela and other international figures.

"Due to the new role for Agbani, the first runner-up Miss Anne Suinner was yesterday crowned as the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, "she is going to finish the reign of Agbani Darego," Murray-Bruce said.

Anne, 200-level philosophy student of Olabisi Onabanjo University, was born in September 4, 1981 to the family of Mr. Patrick M. Suinner. She hails from Takum local council of Taraba State.

Meanwhile, encomiums continue pouring in for the new Miss World from her kinsman in Rivers State.

Rivers Youth Coalition (RYC) and a prominent politician in the state, Chief Bekinbo Soberekon, have described the new world beauty as worthy ambassador of Nigeria.

Speaking to The Guardian, Soberekon said Agbani has not only done the people of Rivers State proud, but has proved that many talents abound in Nigeria.

"I wish to congratulate all Nigerians and President Olusegun Obasanjo that this good things are happening in his tenure. I hope the Federal Government and state governments will continue to encourage our youths to use their talents in positive ways, instead of training them in the act of thuggery,"Soberekon remarked.

For the president of the Rivers Youth Coalition, Mr. Reason Onya: "As indigenes of Rivers State, we are happy that a youth from Rivers State has brought more honour and prestige to Nigeria at international level. We, therefore, encourage other youths in Rivers State and Nigeria to always think and do what will shore up the image of Nigeria and Africa."