The two-day pageant finale started 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 presented their individual platforms/pet projects to the judges and guests.
It was an exciting event hosted by comedian, Aphrican Ape and Ojinika of Pix 11 News. Other celebrities and known faces in attendance were Osas Ighodaro-Ajibade, DJ Cuppy, Prince AZK Adekoya ll, Ugonna Omeruo, Toyosi Phillips, Ernest Danjuma, Koby Brew, Lexx Ore, model Tamar Awobotu and many others. Nigerian crooner, Kcee Limpopo thrilled the crowd with his performance and had the guests on their feet
The judges were 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.
Miss Ekiti, Lola Adeoye beat out the 18 contestants to emerge winner of Miss Nigeria USA 2016. She was crowned by the outgoing queen Olutosin Araromi (Miss Nigeria USA 2015).