Shatu Garko crowned 2021 Miss Nigeria at the age of 18

18- time-old Shatu Garko from Kano State has been culminated the 44th Miss Nigeria after besting 18 other rivals at the beauty pageant on Friday night.

Shatu Garko crowned 2021 Miss Nigeria at the age of 18

 Garko loves riding nags and is passionate about proving religion and culture aren't walls to following one’s dreams and achieving whatever a person sets out to achieve. 

 The pageant which was held on Friday took place at Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos amid glamour and gaudiness. 
 The new Miss Nigeria succeeded Etsanyi Tukura, a native of Taraba State, 43rd winner of the 2019 Miss Nigeria contest. 

 Nicole Ikot surfaced as the first runner up and Kasarachi Okoro was the alternate runner up in the contest. 
 “ Winning this competition means a lot to me,” Garko said before being culminated Miss Nigeria. 
“ My whole life I've always wanted to be a Miss Nigeria. I ’d like to thank Miss Nigeria and its guarantors. I would also like to thank my mum for supporting and loving me.” 
 Shatu was awarded the cash prize of N10 million, a luxury apartment, a auto and ambassadorship. 
 Speaking with The Guardian, Manager, Miss Nigeria Organisation, Chioma Nwigwe, noted that it was veritably grueling for the event to be organised especially in a epidemic. 
 “ This has always been about commission. Miss Nigeria platform is beyond the beauty pageant,” Nwigwe said. “ We're veritably married to empowering women, girls and furnishing openings for women to grow”.
“ Miss Nigeria is a full- time job. It’s a 9-5 job. That's what a lot of people do n’t know. It’s beyond the fun, the glamour and Miss Nigeria is always looking for someone who's committed to doing that.” 
 The organiser of Miss Nigeria had unveiled the 18 finalists to battle for the crown in the grand homestretch on December 7 at the KIA Showroom, Victoria Island. 
 But the eviction process began with over ladies and was reduced to 120 who were latterly invited for a physical investigation in Lagos also reduced to 37 including three wild cards. Rivals were further cut down to 21 and latterly down to 18. 

 Speaking at the event, the author of Folio Media Group, the organiser of Miss Nigeria 2021, Fidelis Anosike, said the vision was to produce public commission and a part model that would serve as an alleviation for the girl child. 
 Miss Nigeria’s Creative Director, former Miss Nigeria (2013), Ezinne Akudo also revealed that this time’s selection was relatively demanding due to the sheer volume of entries.