- Are pageants pressured for sex to win?
- How romantic are Nigerian men on a scale of 1 - 10?
- Mother or husband, who will you save?
Eze Victor, U: Can we get to meet you? Who really is Dinma Chigbu?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: Well, my full name is actually Chidinma Chigbu, currently the Miss Galaxy Nigeria Carnival Queen...... very ambitious, loving and (I tell you) very nice to be with.
Eze Victor, U: Besides being a queen, what else should we know about your career?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: Uhmmm, I’ve always loved to be in the entertainment industry, and this is the first step I’ve taken in my career step.
Eze Victor, U: Interesting. What inspired you to go the way of a beauty queen?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: The way God created me and seeing how far Agbani Darego has gone in life with the same stature, and then I told myself I need to step into this because I was created that way for a purpose. Then I started.
Eze Victor, U: Really. What similarities are there between you and Agbani Darego that has spurred you on?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: I guess it's the stature.
Eze Victor, U: The stature? Please can you elaborate on this with your statistic for those who might not recall how Agbani Darego looked back then?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: Okay, my statistics are 32", 26", 34", 5.8ft
Eze Victor, U: Waoh! 5.8ft? I'm fortunate not to have to look up to see your face while standing.
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: Hahaha. *mosking* You really are, yea, I agree.
Eze Victor, U: How did your parents perceive this goal of yours? Were they at some point in opposition to your choice to be a beauty queen?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: Yes they were, but at a point they had to support me because they found out it was what I’ve been longing to do right from when I was a kid....They just had to agree with me and backed me up with advice.
Eze Victor, U: Why did they initially resist & how were you able to convince them?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: Especially my dad, he didn't buy the idea; his reason was that I was going to be distracted from my studies. But as God may have it, this one came up as I was about to finishing my final exams, so I begged him to allow me since the exams were gonna be over before the grand finale, so he didn't have any choice not to.
Eze Victor, U: Oh, your studies. I guess that must have been a valid basis for concern, not so?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: That's true.
Eze Victor, U: Alright. Looking at the beauty pageant industry, and considering that most eligible participants are schooling, what challenges would you say a student faces while engaging in it?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: Well the challenges are quite large, sometimes finances won’t be available for one to get stuffs needed, or the lectures in school might be taking the participant's time.
Eze Victor, U: In the movie industry, producers and directors have been alleged to pressure the female folks into some affairs before being assured a role. Does this exist in the beauty pageant industry?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: I can’t say for sure because I haven't experienced that before. But I’m not saying it does not exist in the pageantry industry.
Eze Victor, U: Fair enough. Where do you see yourself in the industry a decade from now?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: Wow! Dunno if I’m to call it a short or long term goal, but whatever it is, I see myself as a famous Queen, who's not only known in Nigeria but internationally in a decade from now.
Eze Victor, U: That seems a tall goal. Do you see yourself repeating the feat achieved by Agbani Darego?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: I see myself repeating it.
Eze Victor, U: So, what projects on the national stage are you embarking on that will get you closer to that dream besides where you are now?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: When my reign expires as Miss Galaxy Nig. Carnival, then I would try the MBGN, Miss Nigeria or any higher contest than the one I’m in currently.... I believe aspiring higher is the key
Eze Victor, U: Let's veer a bit into some soft sides of you and life. As a beauty queen, do you face pressure from men who want more of you? If yes, how do you cope?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: Yes I do...... I think it’s normal for every lady whether beauty queen or no beauty queen.... I don't know how but I just cope. God's grace I guess
Eze Victor, U: Well, it should be much of a pressure for a 5.8ft beauty queen. Don't you think so?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: You are right, though.
Eze Victor, U: Would you describe Nigerian men as romantic in comparison with their counterparts in the western world and other climes? On a scale of 1 -10, how would you rate Nigerian men in this regard?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: If I’m not to rate, I would say it's just vice versa, because not all Nigerian men are romantic and same with their counterparts in the western World. But if I’m to rate I would say 5. *mosking*
Eze Victor, U: So, you saying Nigerian men are average. Who would you describe as your ideal date?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: (laughs out loud) *mosking* Ideal date? Never thought of that before. If I do I would tell you *wink *wink*
Eze Victor, U: :) Is that to say you don't have a preference?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: But it's all in a package. I do
Eze Victor, U: So can you let us in on it? :)
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: I guess it is best known to me. If I say it loud he might not come my way. So let’s just leave it aside (laughing) *mosking*
Eze Victor, U: When you aren't working or studying, what lightens up your mood?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: Movies do.
Eze Victor, U: To round it up, we'd like to ask you this: Imagine you were married, and you had just one lifebuoy to give out between your husband and your mother, in a ship that is capsizing in the middle of a sea, who would you give it to?
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: Mmmh, I will just wake up cos it's a dream...... (laughs out loud ) *mosking* Mum or hubby? Nahhhh..... It will be a dream
Eze Victor, U: (lolz) *mosking* Well in this case we ain't making it a dream. Just tell us who if you find yourself in this situation
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: Huh? Difficult question indeed, but I will give it to my Husband!
Eze Victor, U: waoh! Please tell us why.
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: Uhmmm, because we are still trying to live a life together, but my mum, she has lived hers..... Also she won’t even accept the lifebuoy for the same reason, difficult though.
Eze Victor, U: Yes, you can now wake up from this dream. Such a man must be tripping after reading this. Miss Chidinma Chigbu, I appreciate your obliging us this interaction and hope that you'd be available the next time we will be interviewing you, perhaps as a miss Nigeria or miss world.
Miss Chidinma Chigbu: Thank God for the dream gone by.....You are welcome and I’m looking forward to that time.