A former beauty queen, Ambassador Sharon Anya, Miss Tourism Nigeria 2015, has said that the Miss Anambra sex tape scandal will have negative effects on pageants in the country.
According to her, “The organisers have to become more transparent, and let the criteria be properly spelt out, and being more transparent means, everybody should know why the winner won, and on the other hand, the contestants should always go for official meetings with her lawyer and manager before signing any contract.”
The Mass Communication graduate of Igbinedion University added that cutting corners to win pageantry was a possibility, adding that it was not exclusive to pageants.
She said “It happens in any other field. Some journalists go the extreme to get top interviewsj even in churches, there are pastors that use diabolical powers to get to the top.
“Some athletes use drugs to get to the top, there are those that would want to do anything to get to the top of their careers, in every field. There are those that break the moral boundary in pursuit of a goal, others won’t, it’s everywhere, so it’s not peculiar to pageants only.
“I don’t know her to know what went wrong, the act was wrong but the person…I can’t judge. For future pageants, have a team, have a manager and a lawyer. For me, I got into Miss Tourism Nigeria pageant for a purpose and not to be famous.
“My pageant is about promoting tourism, women empowerment, leadership across the country and attracting foreign investors, I focused on that, and it kept me going, I was able to stay scandal-free because I invest in myself a lot, I cultivated a life I want to enjoy in peace,” she added.