Nigeria Wins Best National Costume At Miss Universe 2021.
Nigeria’s representative, Mariestella Okpala won the Best National Costume at the just-concluded Miss Universe pageant in Eliat, Isreal.
Okpala had won an outfit inspired by the ‘Mmanwa’ masquerade from Southeastern Nigeria on the international stage.
This beautiful creation is inspired by a famous traditional masquerade of the southeastern tribe of Nigeria called “Mmanwa”.
It is made of African Beed’s, Stones, Crafts.
Mmanwa is a female masquerade costume that’s designed for ceremonial and festive purposes to celebrate the rich Nigerian cultural heritage paying a closer attention to the strength women posses.
The 3ft tribal mask with the colorful ancient back cape with Mmanwa’s Face boldly crested on the mask and cape .
It represents the beautiful Mmanwa who fought tirelessly to stop girl child mutilation and child slavery while the colorful patterns and embellishments portrays the african dashiki which offers a visual appeal and forms meant to invoke the ancestral spirits.
This particular costume is a self reflection of cause in this Mmanwa who protects children and women against any form of abuse
Finally this costume pays attention to the strong will of women in attaining what ever height they want to attain, no matter the challenges faced while reaching their desired goals.