I wasn’t going to write about this at first but after deep thoughts and trying to put myself in the shoes of the kids and their mothers, I couldn’t help but blog about it.
Over the weekend, the grand finale of MOTHER-DAUGHTER PAGEANT Organized by silverbird group took place. When we all heard about the pageant, we all were extremely excited and had to commend Silverbird for the effort. The show was scheduled for the 17th of October 2015 and this was the maiden edition so obviously we didn’t expect it to be 100% perfect but at the same time we expected it to be worth it. A week before the grand finale which was to take place in Calabar, the 11 finalists, Mother and child were put on a voting platform were people were asked to vote every hour for their favorite candidate. The voting wasn’t easy cause you had to have a twitter account to actually vote on the site http://www.motherdaughterpageant.com and a lot of people don’t have twitter accounts, some do but don’t use it anymore, like me. So I had to re-open my twitter, those without twitter account had to register just so we could vote for her. Anyway the voting site was opened and we all had to vote and vote did we do. I remember waking up every morning to vote before I get off the bed, it got to a point I had my alarm going off every hour to remind me I had to vote. I even broadcasted to my contacts to please help so my candidate could win. These things I did was done by the whole group and all her friends so first day of the voting when she had almost 1000 votes before the day ended wasn’t a surprise. By the last day of voting, my candidates votes were on 3000+, every other contestant wasn’t even up to 2000. Of cause we were all over joyed that our efforts has gathered so much votes.
Finally the grand finale came, we all were excited, hoping and praying even if our candidate didn’t win at least she would make it to top 3 if really it was about votes. First of all, a show that was to start at 7.00pm had us glued to the television enduring the poor red carpet presentation by 2 Nigerian presenters, finally after 2 hrs 30 mins, the show kicked off by 9.30pm (About time). The show was fun to watch no doubt, seeing the kids and their mothers bond. My candidate #teamrubyree impressed me all the way and I had no doubt she was going to make it to top 5 and if possible win the crown,. But then came #teamJustice with the daughters angelic smile that blew me off. Now I had 2 candidates, #teamrubyree and #teammjustice (who will take the crown).
A commercial break was observed and the top 5 were announced, questions were asked and I must say i was impressed by everyone. Another break was observed and when the show continued, the story changed. The presenter with an unsealed paper announced that apparently it wasn’t top 5 but actually top 6 so the sixth person #teamAngeegift was called up. Okay we all wanted to believe that silver bird wanted to be creative so we all brushed it off and continued enjoying the show. Finally it was time to announce the winner, and woo and behold, the forgotten 6th finalist became the winner of the show( like really, who does that). To justify their actions, the said the winner had more likes on Facebook and Instagram (hmmmmmm abeg isn’t it http://www.motherdaughterpageant.com that is the voting site? how Facebook and instagram take join?) Anyway I agree they had more likes on Facebook and instagram that people can actual buy likes (I didn’t say they bought oh, I just dey talk my own). But that doesn’t count much, Top 5 yes! even the so called Top 6! but to now announce them winner? haba thats just completely questionable, The #TeamRubyree with the highest votes on the website didn’t even make it to top 3 so why create a voting site? smh!. Anyway I want to believe the governor who witnessed it had his own doubts because he stood up at that point and declared 1million each to all contestants.
As I said earlier, I never wanted to write about my thought concerning that pageant but after putting myself in the kids and mothers shoes, I just couldn’t help myself. Like I know most contests they cheat and all, but cheating so openly mehn its just so wrong on all levels and in front of 8 year olds who put in so much effort HABA!!!!. Like the main aim of the show has been lost. So for those of you that watched the show, I would love to hear your own views. Thank you.