sexy if you must, but not indecent ó MBGN (World)
Vanguard, June 09, 2007 My Style
Four months into her reign, the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN)
and Nigeriaís hope at the 2007 edition of Miss World Munachi Abii, says
itís been a wonderful experience being a queen, saying ďIím very happy,
extremely happy.Ē In this encounter she told My Style her preparedness
for the 2007 Miss World pageant and more. Enjoy it.
What is the difference between then and now that you are queen?
Thereís no difference at all Iím still the same Munachi and I still have
the same emotional traumas. As for my family and friends everybody is
happy for me, we still have a good relationship. But some people I
wasnít close to before now call to say ďMunachi remember I Ďm your
cousin from here and all that.Ē
When you entered for the competition what inspired it, did you think you
had all it takes to win?
I never thought I had what it took per se, but I just wanted to go for
the experience and the fact that I always had that dream.
What is the thing you like most about being MBGN (World)?
The fact that I wear a crown, I get treated like royalty, so itís good.
Do you have a pet project you will be working on?
At the moment we have a contract with the Sickle Cell Foundation, so I
will be focusing on that. Then there are other things I would like to
support as an individual not just as a queen. I will support polio
victims and do my best to make a difference.
Why do you choose polio?
I chose polio because I can relate to the situation, my mum has polio. I
keep saying this, itís a bit of a cliche right now. I know what itís
like to be a daughter of a disabled person. I know what some of them
feel and I also know that some of them are very insecure, they donít
have anybody to help them and people always look down on those that
have. I would like as much as possible to make life easy for them as
much as I can.
How do you hope to make a difference?
I intend to work with a lot of people, get sponsorship for those that
can help me.
What is fashion like for you?
So long as it looks good, Iíll wear it. I have my own style, I donít
wear things because people are wearing it. I just do what I want to do.
I donít believe in dressing inappropriately because you want to get
attention. I believe in dressing according to how you feel. If you feel
sexy, you want to wear something sexy, fine, but you donít have to look
I can see you are not against showing off your cleavage?
Donít expose too much, but look good.
How are you preparing for the forthcoming Miss World contest?
I have routines, I have to go to the gym to keep fit, because, itís a
different competition out there. Itís not like MBGN. I have
choreographers, I need to choreograph and learn my talent as well. I
need grooming, a dietician, all these things I get to do them, to
prepare myself for the competition.
When it comes to the talent hunt segment what is it you have that you
can show the world?
I would like to keep it African. The typical thing to do is to sing or
play a guitar, but I intend to do something, different and youíll see it
when itís time, I donít wait to let the cat out of the bag just yet.
How do you handle the kind of jewelry you wear?
I donít wear to much, but it comes with the job, I have to look good.
Iím not a gold person, Iím of a silver than gold person, but if it looks
good, Iíll wear it.
For some beauty queen , itís a scandal free reign, while others are
laced with one scandal or the other, how do you hope to set yourself
Iíll do as much as possible to keep away from scandals. I would like to
be on my best behaviour, not to step on anybodyís toes. Iíll just do
what I can to keep my head level and Iím sure everything will be fine
Is there anybody you admire amongst the past queens?
I never knew any of the queens personally so I canít look up to them in
terms of attitude I do not know who they are, it is just what I see and
you canít judge people by what you see on television. But I met Bianca
once, at the airport and sheís extremely beautiful and sheís the only
one, I can say is hot. I do look up to her.
What turns you off in people?
People that backstab I donít like it at all. I like to take people for
who they are and if you disrespect that, you make me think otherwise. If
you want to say something to me, say it to my face, if you donít want me
to do something, you better let me know to avoid situations.
Your mother being on a wheelchair, has that not affected you in
It has not in anyway, because my mum is a great person, sheís a very
strong woman, half of the things she does, people that have two legs
canít do it. I donít see her being on a wheelchair as a challenge, I
donít see it as a disadvantage, rather it should be something that you
could use to your favour, donít let whatever circumstance you find
yourself weight you down. Itís has no effect with me whatsoever.
What was the reaction of your family like when you decided to go in
for the contest, knowing you will come on stage in swimsuit?
They were very supportive, my mum is hilarious when it comes to wearing
swimsuit. When she saw me she was, oh my God, she was a bit shocked, but
she supported me, she was at the contest, my family was there for me and
that really helped me get far in the competition.
Tell us a bit about growing up?
I had a very normal childhood, like most families. A lot of my cousins
were staying with us, so the house was always full, there was never a
dull moment in my house. It was fun, most of the memories, I had are
memories worth to be remembered. And if things didnít happen the way
they did, I might not be here today, so I am grateful for everything.
Iím currently in Benson Idahosa University in Benin.
If it smells good, Iíll wear it, it shouldnít choke me. I like Estee
Lauder, itís a nice perfume but I could wear anything else, I donít have
to stick to one.
handy beauty secret?
I eat heathy, except that now I go to the gym to try and keep fit. I use
Neutrogeana thatís the one that really works for me.
You donít go to the spa, facials etc...
Spas will be later, I donít have facials maybe sometime in future, I
will but right now, I am just a regular girl. I am just myself, I prefer
the inner beauty than the outside one, because you could be beautiful
outside and horrible inside. The beauty will fade I wonít look like this
when I am eighty, I hope to but if I donít look like this, when Iím
eighty or ninety fine, I just want to stay beautiful on the inside,
thatís all that matters.
What does style mean to you?
Be yourself, thatís a style on itís own. If you are yourself if that
way, you canít copy other people because, if you do that you wonít be
able to stand for yourself and if you donít stand for something youíll
fall for anything. Just be yourself and if you want to wear a suit and
damask, so long as you feel comfortable in it why not.
What has life thought you?
I tend not to judge people by what I see, thereís more than what meets
the eye, not everybody likes you. So just keep yours eyes open.
How do you relax?
I sleep. Sometimes I hang out with my few friends. Most times I prefer
to listen to music or busy writing songs or sketching.
What kind of music do you love listening?
I listen to all kinds of music. It depends on my mood, I feel like
listening to rock music right now (laughs). But there are time one would
like to listen to other genre of music. I prefer some other kind of
music. Iím into R/B, but I am not a regular R/B person.
Greatest wish in life?
I wish to be a very successful person richer than Bill Gates, than Oprah
but at the same time, I still want to keep my level head, be nice to
people, be able to touch lives as much as possible, and still keep it
humble, so Iíll be able to walk on the street without body guards and
What is it like from the male folk?
They donít bug me. I can still walk on the street without people knowing
who I am so thatís a good thing. I donít get too many people disturbing
me or bugging my phone.
What do you intend to do after your reign?
I intend to stay in the entertainment industry because thatís where my
heart is at the same time, I still want to be a diplomat, an ambassador
for my country in other countries, not just as a beauty queen, but as a
responsible, politically elite individual.
How do you juggle school and your reign?
I just finished my exams. Iím on holiday right now, so itís not really
going to affect my time as queen. Miss World will determine if I have to
put off school for a year.