Miss Anambra 2015: The big questions no one has cared to answer

After last year’s October beauty pageant which was sponsored by the Anambra Broadcasting Service, ABS, the winner at the competition, Ms Chidinma Okeke, never knew the happiness she felt would end up in an anticlimax. There’s more to the story even as she faces 14 years behind bars if convicted of partaking in the “unholy act”.


Image: Former Miss Anambra Chidinma Okeke.

A bill against same sex marriage/relationship was passed into law in 2014. The Act reads in part: “A person who enters into a same s*x marriage contract or civil union commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 14 years imprisonment.
“A person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organizations directly or indirectly makes public show of dame s*x amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 10 years imprisonment.
“A person or group of persons who administers, witnesses, abets or aids the solemnization of a same s*x marriage or civil union of supports the registration, operation and sustenance of gay clubs, societies, organizations, processions or meetings in Nigeria commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 10 years imprisonment.
“The High Court of a State or of the Federal Capital Territory shall have jurisdiction to entertain matters raiding from the breach of the provisions of this Act.”

A huge controversy surrounds Chidinma’s leaked sex tape, even as the girl’s family is said to have declared her a missing person amid threats of assassination from those she claims are responsible for her leaked sex video.

A report from vanguardngr.com reveals that on the day Chidinma won her crown, she wasn’t considered a deserving winner by the audience who booed her after the announcement.

In fact, rumors have it that she was crowned winner because she had links to the organizers and other influenceable state government officials.

According to the report, Ms Okeke was unceremoniously stripped of her title and the star prize, a car, was immediately repossessed by the Anambra Broadcasting Service. The vehicle which is now at the ABS premises, has also been cleaned of a bold sticker displaying ‘Miss Anambra 2015’.

With Chidinma’s controversial sex video spreading so fast on the internet, her lawyer Mr. Ikenna Obidiegwu had to schedule a press briefing at NUJ Press Center,  Awka, but the event which was expected to present an avenue for Chidinma to explain her part in the disgraceful lesbian sex video, was boycotted for security reasons.

A post from the former beauty queen’s Facebook page reads: “The moment I made public this intention to speak with journalists, I was under siege of threats by my blackmailers and traducers. They are seriously threatening to shoot me at the press conference if I ever open my mouth to say the real truth about the ugly episode.

“Since I have no protection and if I die now, the truth will be buried forever, it’s my intention to sacrifice myself to save not just myself but other girls and other upcoming pageant by letting the world know the truth and what we go through.”

Meanwhile, a message from the ABS defends their prompt action, saying it’s for morality’s sake. The statement reads: “We wish to make the following clarifications; The said Miss Chidinma Okeke who is allegedly linked to the lurid content in circulation has served-out her term as Miss Anambra 2015 and handed over the crown in line with the terms and conditions of the Miss Anambra pageant.

“We condemn in clear terms any amoral behaviour/ conduct as suggested by the alleged lurid content in circulation and do not condone such. It is on record that the Miss Anambra Beauty pageant has been a platform to empower Anambra women and celebrate our rich culture and heritage. Winners of the pageant are bound by contracts to be of good conduct and moral behaviour and to uphold/maintain the honour in their position as queen.

“Winners of the pageant also contract to refrain from any personal relationship that could appear to hinder their ability to perform the duties of their office as queen and role model and we do not expect any less. We therefore wish to dissociate the Miss Anambra pageant from any discussions on the said allegations.

“We feel sufficiently perturbed by the mere reference already made to the pageant and hereby state that we are in no way connected to the controversy.

“We apologize to the government and good people of Anambra State, our sponsors, supporters, friends and all those associated with the Miss Anambra project for the embarrassment the mere reference to the pageant in the controversy may have caused; whilst reassuring of the good intentions of the Miss Anambra pageant franchise.”

Comrade Alloy Attah, who’s the Civil Liberties Organization‘s South East coordinator, said in a statement that the sex scandal has brought shame upon the state and country in general.

In his words: “The sex act recorded and edited professionally portrays the level of moral decadence in the society. The video and act not only debased the pride of motherhood and the worth of the girl-child but is a pointer that many have descended to the level lower than animals in their instincts.

“The action of Chidinma and her co-partners is highly condemnable. While we know that lesbianism or same sex is prohibited and criminalized in our laws, we need to go beyond the actual fact and find out those behind the scene and their roles in the sordid act.”

According to CLO, some important questions have been left unanswered, and until the general public gets to know the truth, justice will never prevail in the matter.

“Who recorded the video? Who leaked it? What was the motive for recording such a thing? Who commissioned the recording? Was it a precondition before announcing Chidinma as winner of the pageant? Who were the people behind the scene directing the act?”

The CLO continues: “Chidinma has alleged threat to her life and had to chicken out of her earlier scheduled press conference where she would have revealed what many of us do not know.

“We call for adequate security for her while she should be monitored closely so that she won’t take any rash action that may injure her life.

“She needs psychological and spiritual rehabilitation as well as deliverance. It is also very important that she is guided to say all she knows about the ugly incident. The act is a dent on the image of the state and those behind the pageant. Anambra State is the light of the nation and should be a pace setter in all facets of excellence.”

In another funny twist surrounding the sex tape scandal, the Association of Beauty Pageant and Fashion Exhibition Organization of Nigeria, ABPFEON, has called on the police to immediately take up the case and prosecute Chidinma.
The Secretary General of the association, Alex Nwankwo, said, “If Nigeria Police were really interested in this case; the actual culprit who is Chidinma Okeke should be looked for.
“There is no ignorance in law. Besides it is a federal case which attracts 14 years in imprisonment.
“We believe if there is a petition against Chidinma Okeke on this banned federal offence of Lesbianism on the table of Nigeria police, they would have commenced hunting for her arrest.
“Getting Chidinma is far easier than getting her blackmailers because in one of her releases or purported statements behind camera, she sighted that the blackmailers had been extorting money from her; that means she is either known to them or she knows who she has been sending money to.”