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Nigeria is about to get its first trans beauty pageant

A group of trans women and activists is set to launch Nigeria’s first trans beauty pageant.


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Nigeria's trans pageant will include (left to right) Michelle Page, representing Oyo State; Amira Muhammad, Niger State; and Promise Ohiri, Imo State. (Photos courtesy of Miss Trans Global)
Nigeria’s trans pageant will include (left to right) Michelle Page, representing Oyo State; Amira Muhammad, Niger State; and Promise Ohiri, Imo State. (Photos courtesy of Miss Trans Global)

By Mike Daemon

In March, trans contestants will vie for the title of Miss Trans Global Nigeria.

The pageant is a franchise of Miss Trans Global, which runs digital pageants internationally for trans and gender-nonconforming people from all backgrounds.

The goal of the pageants, created by trans women and activists, is to raise awareness about the plight of transgender people around the world.

Official logo of the pageant.

According to a Nigerian representative of the pageant who spoke to NoStringsNG, the pageant is for trans women of all body types. The overall aim is to create visibility for the trans community in Nigeria, she said.

So far, several trans women from across different Nigerian states have been selected by the organizers to represent their regions in the competition after which the country’s winner will be selected. She will then able to compete with other trans queens from other countries.

Registration for the competition is still ongoing and currently open to trans women in several countries including in addition to Nigeria: Australia, Brazil, England, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Scotland and Wales.

The Nigeria pageant is scheduled for March 26-28. To register to compete, click HERE.

Click this image to read the story of trans model Veso Oke of Ghana and Nigeria.
Trans model Veso Oke of Ghana and Nigeria.

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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