The two-day pageant finale kicked off with the Miss Nigeria USA Charity Gala/Fund Raising Dinner on May 27th, 2016 at the John Jay Hall in Midtown Manhattan. The goal was to raise money for the Miss Nigeria USA Scholarship program in Nigeria. The girls also showcased their individual platforms/pet projects to the judges and guests.
Lola Adeoye, who was crowned by the outgoing queen Olutosin Araromi (Miss Nigeria USA 2015), is a 2014 alumna of the School of Communications, Howard University. Immediately following graduation, Lola entered Howard University School of Law, where she's currently a 3rd year JD/MBA student.
As Miss Nigeria USA 2016, Lola's year of service will focus on her platform- Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention; an issue dear to her heart. The founder of the beauty pageant is Joy Ikedinma, who moved to NYC at a young age, with a passion to display the richness and cultural/ethnic values within the Nigerian Community in the United States.
The judges included Osas Ighodaro-Ajibade, DPiper Twins, Ngozi Opara of Heat Free Hair, celebrity stylists Kanayo Ebi and Moses "Moashy" Ebite, Hana Unis, A.J Ross of ABC 7 News and Essence Magazine's Charrea Jackson.
The 18 finalists represented their states with grace and honor and are all winners in their own right. The finalists competed in the Traditional Outfit, Swim Wear, Talent Display, Evening Gowns and Platform Presentation categories.