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Allen Ukwuru, a Lagos based model has emerged as the first ever winner of Mr Universe Nigeria pageant.
The 21-year-old representing Kogi State was announced as the winner of the pageant, which was held at Club Scintilla, Lagos, on Saturday, June 16, 2012.
As announced earlier judges of the night were Joan Okorodudu of Isis Models, Yomi Ononuga, photographer Emilio Cunt, Bunmi Ademokoya and former Mr Nigeria Bryan Okwara (who came quite late and left before the winner was announced). Popular blogger Linda Ikeji who was also announced as a judge was missing.
The show which was anchored by Channel O VJ Denrele Edun and assisted by Miss Lacasera 2010 winner Onyeka Udechukwu saw music performances from popular singer Flowssickk, Nigerian Idol 2012 contestant Byno and a host of upcoming acts.
The show featured a traditional, swimsuit and evening wear appearances and a dance choreography which got the ladies screaming and cheering.
The contestants were then streamlined to 12 before a final six were selected. Allen Ukwuru was then announced winner after the Q&A section was concluded.
Following closely were Mr Abuja and Mr Osun who came second and third respectively. Other winners included Mr Enugu, who won Mr Personality, Mr Rivers as Mr Photogenic, Mr Congeniality was given to Mr Kwara and the Best Traditional Costume was awarded to Mr Edo.
Mr Taraba was decorated as MUN North; Mr Osun was MUN South West. MUN South East was awarded to Mr Imo while Mr Cross River was announced MUN South South.
According to the organizers, Ukwuru will be representing Nigeria at the Best Model of the Universe in Spain later this year, and will serve as a spokesperson for the Society for Child Education and Empowerment.