Winners of the 2016 editions of Mr. Universe Imo and Miss Tourism Imo will be walking home with a brand new car and Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000) cash prizes each, according to the organizers.
Speaking in Owerri, at a press conference, the CEO of Saint Kevin Concepts, who are organizing the pageants, Mr. Kelvin Dim said they are taking the pageant to a whole new level, where winners will not just be models but entrepreneurs. He revealed that the theme of the events will be ‘The Entrepreneur’ and they chose that that because they don’t just want to celebrate beauty and brain, but talent and craft.
“We want to celebrate talents and craft of young men and women in Imo State and beyond. Reach out to young Nigerians at large and boost their self-esteem, confidence and drive the spirit of entrepreneurship into them” Mr. Dim said.
Queen Cynthia Osondu Chikwado, Miss Tourism Imo 2015
With the 2015 a huge success, Mr. Dim added that they have ended up producing purposeful beauty queens who have made great impacts in the society. With the likes of Queen Cynthia Osondu Chikwado (Miss Tourism Imo 2015) and Queen Princess Onyemere (Miss Tourism Imo – Culture 2015), the brand has become a shining light amongst other pageants in the state and beyond and the Saint Kevin Concepts boss is promising the pageantry world and the general public that something bigger is coming their way this year.
Winners of Mr. Universe Imo 2016 and Miss Tourism Imo 2016 will be representing Imo State at the Mr. Universe Nigeria 2017 and Miss Tourism Nigeria 2016, while others add-on benefits include roles in Nollywood movies, Ambassador to megabrands, brand new cars and Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000) startup capital for any business of their choice.
On how to make the entrepreneur models succeed, Mr. Dim, said that as soon as the winners emerge, they will be managed by Saint Kevin Concepts who will provide them with entrepreneurial training and also scrutinize their business proposals to ensure they are feasible.
Mr. Kelvin Dim, CEO Saint Kevin Concepts
“We won’t leave them alone out there nor let the money we have given them gone to waste. We will train and support them with every skill and knowledge they will be needing to succeed in any chosen business.
We are aware people are watching to see how we can achieve this, but we are really prepared and the project is to turn models into business owners and CEOs who can comfortably contribute to the development of the economy of their country”
The grand audition for Mr. Universe Imo 2016 and Miss Tourism Imo 2016 will be taking place in August 2016 at Greatwood Hotel, Port Harcourt Road, Owerri, Imo State while the grand finale will be at Ibari Ogwa Entertainment World by October 2016.