IN line with the demands of her crown, the newly-crowned Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Miss Unoaku Anyadike, has said that she will devote her reign to creating awareness of the dangers of endometriosis in females.
Anyadike came out tops, beating 36 other contestants to the crown at the event organised by the Siverbird Group at the International Conference Centre, Calabar last Saturday.
While Miss Ebonyi, Debbie Collins, was the first runner-up and the Miss Charismatic, Miss Abuja, Chizoba Ejike, was the second runner-up. Miss Bauchi, Chikaodili Nna-Udosen, was the third runner-up.
With her victory, Anyadike will represent Nigeria at the Miss World beauty pageant, while Collins will go for the Miss Universe beauty pageant while the second runner-up, Ejike will contest the Miss Tourism Beauty Pageant. The third runner-up, Nna-Udosen, will carry Nigeria’s flag at the Miss ECOWAS beauty pageant.
Anyadike, a final year student of psychology at the University of Ibadan, told NAN that she used to have painful menstrual periods and initially thought she had endometriosis.
The Ekwuluobia, Anambra-born beauty queen, said the disease was diagnosed as the lining of the uterus attaching itself to other parts of the body and causing a girl’s monthly flow to be very painful.
“This platform has given me the opportunity to help create awareness about endometriosis in Nigeria. It’s a disease that so many people don’t know about which affects the female child, so, I intend to go round, starting with secondary schools, to create awareness about endometriosis. I want young girls to know about this disease and try their best to get checked early enough. It is a disease that is fast spreading in Nigeria and it has to be checked; we can easily control it when everybody, especially young girls knows about it,” she said.
Endometriosis is a disease in which tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside it. The main symptoms are pelvic pain and infertility.
Among dignitaries present at the event were Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, his predecessor, Mr Liyel Imoke, Florence Ita-Giwa as well as Senator Ben Murray-Bruce.