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Maristella Okpala, A Dental Technician and NCAA licensed cabin crew, has emerged winner of the 17th edition of Miss Earth Nigeria pageant.

The event held on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt, and Rivers state.

A build-up to the event had all contestants camped for ten days at the exotic Reventon Park Hotel (Lamborghini) in Port Harcourt. It was indeed another plus for Rivers state as it attracted tourists to the state.

Performing during the night were entertainers like famous Harrisong who was on hand to entertain guests. Rivers State Culture was also on display as ‘Owembe boys’ masquerades from Obio/Akpor LGA thrilled the audience.

The event anchor was an on-air personality who herself was a former Miss Earth Nigeria pageant winner in 2006 with the theme “Goddesses of the Earth”.

Speaking about the event, Ibinabor Fiberesima, national director of Miss Earth Nigeria pageant, praised the state governor, Nyesom Wike, for providing an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state.

“Miss Earth Nigeria pageant is all about the environment, and Rivers state has indeed regained her former Glory as the garden city all thanks to the Governor. As you know, Miss Earth Pageant is all about the environment and who else is more passionate about the environment than governor Wike. You can tell by his policies.”

Okpala is Miss Earth Nigeria ‘Air’ while Vinna Snithers Briggs was the first runner-up and is Miss Earth Nigeria ‘Water’. Other winners are Nna-Udosen Chikaodili Enobong, the second runner-up and Miss Earth Nigeria Fire with Ekwemozo Adaobi being the third runner-up.

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