Shatu Garko, the 18 year-old model from Kano State has been crowned the 44th Miss Nigeria, the first Hijab wearing winner, since the contest began in 1957.
She emerged the winner after beating 17 other finalists at the beauty pageant on Friday night at the Landmark Centre in Lagos.
About 1,000 ladies had entered the competition before they were pruned to 18.
Garko succeeded Etsanyi Tukura, a native of Taraba State, who won the 2019 contest. There was no contest last year because of COVID-19.
Nicole Ikot emerged as the first runner up and Kasarachi Okoro was the second runner up in the contest.
“My whole life I have always wanted to be a Miss Nigeria. I’d like to thank Miss Nigeria and its sponsors. I would also like to thank my mum for supporting and loving me.”
Shatu Garko was awarded the cash prize of N10 million, a luxury apartment, a car and ambassadorship.