Just when Isabella Ayuk won the 2012 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) beauty pageant, controversies arose about her true age.
Some alleged that Isabella was over aged and not 26 she claimed to be. Now, an e-mail leaked to Nigeriafilms.com which seems to expose the whole issue.
In a phone conversation with a Silverbird representative, Mr Alozie, he told Nigeriafilms.com that Isabella is still the winner of MBGN and as such, still weras the crown.
He said that Isabella would only not be at the Miss World contest holding in China in August 2012.
Asked to comment on the purported leaked statement from Gay Bruce on the issue, he claimed an impostor may have written it.
Commenting on why Isabella would not be representing Nigeria at the Miss World Beauty pageant, Alozie said Isabella would not be going to the pageant due to her personal reasons.
On what the personal reasons are, he said Isabella's programme for the year would not rhyme with when the pageant would hold in August. He claimed that Isabella would only be free to attend the Miss Universe contest later in the year, which she would now represent Nigeria in.
Below is a copy of the leaked e-mail;
"No doubt corruption is now a way of life in Nigeria and as such you find corrupt practice in anything we do in Nigeria.
"Few months, when I raised the alarm that Isabella Ayuk, the lady who won the crown of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) is more than 26years which she claims she is, many felt I was Blackmailing her!
"I knew this because her younger sister who was my classmate in secondary school is now 27years old.
"Today the truth has been told which the organisers of the MBGN, the Bruce family knew even before she contested!
"But instead, favoured her to be the winner because Isabella is dating Hon Emeka Ihedioha, the Deputy Speaker House of Representatives Abuja and she also warms the bed of a big time businessman Henry Imasekha, a very close friend of James Ibori.
"Today she has been disqualified from contesting in the Miss World Pageant due to age factor which she lied about and as such the first Runner up Diamete Charles will now represent Nigeria.
"My question is what Kind of country do we live in? Even in the pageant industry there's corruption!.
"The Bruce family have now disgraced themselves and Nigeria before the entire world."
Below is the purported statement from Silverbird, which has been denied;
"MBGN REPRESENTION, SILVERBIRD CLEARS THE AIR
"The management of Silverbird, organisers of the annual Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria and Africa's longest running beauty pageant will be sending MBGN First Runner up, Miss DIAMETTE CHARLES GRANVILLE, to represent the country at the Miss World pageant holding in Mongolia, China in August.
"MBGN winner, Miss ISABELLA AGBO AYUK will represent Nigeria at the Miss Universe. MBGN Second Runner up, Miss IFEOMA UMEOKEKE will be at the Miss Tourism International holding later in the year in China
"As we celebrate our 25th anniversary in the world of beauty pageantry, it is our wish not to only raise the bar but replicate the groundbreaking records achieved by Agbani Darego as the first Black Africa's Miss World 2001 as well as some past queens who have achieved remarkable results at some renowned international pageants in the recent past.
"While we seek your understanding, we also urge you to pray for their victory at the various global beauty pageants where they will be flying the country's flag.
GUY MURRAY BRUCE
Group Vice President, Silverbird"
But with the response of Silverbird, what personal programme of Isabella would stop her from achieving her goal of being Miss World or at least attending the pageant?
Are there things we don't know about? Time will surely unfold them.
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