Incumbent Queen Moremi and winner of Ajasoro beauty pageant, Oreoluwa Toluhi has expressed displeasure with recent trend of primary and secondary schools organising beauty pageants, saying it will cause academic distraction for the children.
Toluhi 20,spoke exclusively with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos.
The beauty queen, a student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, whose pet project is promoting female and children entrepreneurs, said that the trend should be stopped, as pageantry should be left for mature ladies 18 years and above.
“Beauty contest should be practised only at the higher schools of learning and not at the primary and secondary school levels, which some private schools are gradually introducing.
“I totally condemn it and declare that such practice should not be encouraged because these children will begin to nurse beauty and fashion in their minds, instead of focusing on their studies,” she said.
The fashion enthusiast and model urged the education management boards to adopt proactive measures to checkmate such practices.
She said that students attention should be channeled toward academic competitions such as debates, quiz competitions , cultural promotions and talent hunts, “which will improve and boost children’s academic performance and pursuit in life.”
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