Ex-Beauty Queen Nelly Mbonu, has been selected to represent Nigeria at Miss Tourism International, in China.
The pageantry will be hosted in Beijing, China’s capital in September, 2019.
Miss Tourism International aims to promote global awareness in areas such as culture, tourism, historical heritage, preservation of the environment and world peace among others.
Miss Mbonu came to limelight after clinching on the prestigious Face of Igbere Crown in early 2013, a title she held until late December.
Face of Igbere is a pageant which focuses on community building and giving back to the community. It seeks to educate and empower young women. It also aims to give them the opportunity to build their self-confidence, self-image and to showcase their talent in the pageant industry.
The pageant show which is supported by some prominent figures in the South-eastern part of Nigeria is fast gaining attention across Nigeria.
The show is hosted annually since 2010 by Emeh James Anyalekwa, Special Assistant (Media) to former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu, Senator-elect for Abia North Senatorial district.
Speaking with Igbere TV on Tuesday, the beauty queen called on well meaning Nigerians for support, to enable her participate fully, and bring the crown home.
Mbonu, who is Nigeria’s representative at the global pageant, told Igbere TV that she needed financial support to cover her transportation and other expenses.
“I have only managed to raise some money, but it is only a fraction of the amount I need,” she said.
“Please I need the support of Nigerians to enable me compete in the pageant.
“I was so excited to clinch on the Nigerian Representative slot, it showed that I had the most support and a very good chance of bringing the title home.
“However, the joy turned to sadness after I realised the pageant would be held less than three months from now and yet I don’t have the money for the trip. I am now helplessly watching the days go by with no solution in sight.
“Nigerian’s should translate the support they have been giving me by voting for me into financial support so that I can go and showcase this nation’s rich cultural heritage at a global stage,” Miss Mbonu noted pensively.
Mbonu said the beauty pageant will not only teach her to have confidence but keep her off the street and teach her values and the importance of education.
“I believe it is very important to raise girls who will conquer the world and have the ability to stand up for themselves,” she added.
Mbonu is also expected in Sierra Leone by November this year, to represent Lagos State on Miss City International.
Anyone who is willing to sponsor Miss Nelly Mbonu, can contact her on 08129292674.