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Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Nigeria's new President and Vice-President + Miss Universe

President - Yar'Adua
Umaru Musa Yar'Adua was born in Katsina 1951. He served as governor of Katsina State in northern Nigeria between May 29, 1999 and May 28, 2007 .

Yar'Adua was born into an aristocratic Fulani family in Katsina, his father, a former minister for Lagos during the First Republic, was also the Mutawallen (custodian of the treasury) of the Katsina Emirate.

He started his education at Rafukka Primary School in 1958, and moved to Dutsinma Boarding Primary School in 1962.

He attended Government College, Keffi, from 1965 until 1969, and received a Higher School Certificate from Barewa College in 1971.
Yar'Adua attended Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria from 1972 to 1975, attaining a BSc in Education and Chemistry, and then returned in 1978 to achieve M.Sc Degree in Analytical Chemistry.

His first employment was at Holy Child College in Lagos (1975-1976). He later served as a lecturer at the Katsina College of Arts, Science and Technology in Zaria between 1976 and 1979. In 1979 he began working as a lecturer at Katsina Polytechnic, remaining in this position until 1983, when he began working in the corporate sector

During the Second Republic (1979-1983), he was a member of the leftist People's Redemption Party, while his father was briefly the National Vice chairman of the National Party of Nigeria.

He contested the governorship election of Katsina state under the banner of the Social Democratic Party, but lost to Saidu Barda, an ally of President Ibrahim Babangida.

In 1999, he ran for the same position and won.

In 2000, during his administration as governor, Katsina became the fifth northern Nigerian state to adopt sharia, or Islamic law.

He was declared the winner of the controversial Nigerian general election of 2007, held on April 21, was sworn in on May 29, 2007. He is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP).

Vice-President - Goodluck Jonathan
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was born in 1957. He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Honours in Zoology with a Second class (HONS) Upper division, an M.Sc. in Hydrobiology/Fisheries biology and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Zoology from University of Port Harcourt respectively

He was governor of Bayelsa State between 9 December 2005 and 28 May 2007 .

Jonathan replaced Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who was impeached by the Bayelsa State Assembly after being charged with money laundering in the United Kingdom.

In December 2006, Jonathan was selected as vice presidential running mate to Umaru Yar'Adua for the ruling PDP presidential ticket in the April 2007 elections.

He was sworn in as the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29 May 2007 .

He is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP).

Miss Universe 2007 Pageant

Miss Universe held yesterday May 28th and surprising an Asian woman won...a Beautiful Asian woman...Miss Japan

Miss Japan, Riyo Mori, as MISS UNIVERSE 2007

The judging panel for the 2007 Miss Universe Pageant included....

NBC's "Heroes" James Kyson Lee

NBC's "Deal or No Deal" briefcase model Lindsay Clubine

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

Rocker Dave Navarro

World and Olympic figure skating champion Michelle Kwan

Fashion designer Marc Bouwer

Novela Star Mauricio Islas

"Project Runway" judge and Elle magazine fashion director Nina Garcia, and

Former Miss Universes Dayanara Torres (1993) and Christiane Martel (1953).

Throughout the two-hour event, contestants from 77 countries around the world competed in three categories: swimsuit; evening gown; and personality interview.

Miss Photogenic - Ana Theresa Licaros - Philippines

Miss Congeniality - Ningning Zhang - China
Top 5
Honey LeeKorea
Ly JonaitisVenezuela
Natalie GuimaresBrazil
Rachel Smith US
Riyo MoriJapan

Prize for the winner
The new MISS UNIVERSE will be crowned with a custom diamond and pearl crown designed by MIKIMOTO, valued at $250,000.
A year-long salary as MISS UNIVERSE.
Personal appearance wardrobe.
A New York City apartment for the year of her reign including living expenses.
Official MISS UNIVERSE pearl tiara, valued at $20,000 from Mikimoto.
A swimsuit wardrobe from BSC Swimwear Thailand.
A year's worth of hair care products and tools from Farouk Systems.
A custom designed wardroe by Tadashi.
A two-year scholarship from The NY Film Academy in New York City valued at up to $100,000.
Ritmo Mundo Jumbo Jet Mystery Dial time piece valued at $30,000.
A shoe wardrobe from Nina.
A national and international multi-media advertising campaign and a complete denim wardrobe from YMI Jeanswear.
A trophy from Rogaska Crystal.
Personal services including a year-long membership to Gravity Fitness and year-long pampering at New York City's John Barrett Salon.
Modeling portfolio by leading New York City fashion photographer Fadil Berisha.
Casting opportunities and professional representation by the Miss Universe Organization.
Extensive travel opportunities with a personal travel manager representing sponsors and charitable partners.
Access to various New York City events including movie premiers and screenings, Broadway shows and launch parties.
Consultation with stylist Billie Causieestko and access to an event wardrobe from leading fashion designers.
Professional public relations media training.
Professional media/public relations representation by Rubenstein Public Relations and Planet PR in New York City.
Year-long dermatology and skin services provided by Dr. Cheryl Thellman-Karcher.
Send me your comments...


matt williams said...

I think it is important to note that Miss Tanzania made it into the top ten last night. She was so beautiful. I just wish the pagent organizers in Tanzania had spent more time polishing her up in pagent etiquette. Miss Angola was quite beautiful too.

I figured Miss Japan would win thought. She was just so livly and beautiful.

Anonymous said...

its funny that the winner's dress was worn by oprah a while ago and that photo of porah has been in all d glossies, was rambling 'how cld she repeat a dress that every one has already seen?' all thru d last 10 mins i saw BUT in the end she still won, lol. i think she's pretty and very graceful plus she really carried d dress well sha, i neva even knew it was that pretty until she did the peacock kinda thingy, she's smart too! good for her. Oh, Linda, the photo u have for top 10 is for last years contestants. have fun

Dimples said...

Please where did Miss Nigeria reach??...Cos i couldn't get that info on the offical site.

Anonymous said...

miss universe is a big disappointmet...a shushonwu?nonsense

Anonymous said...

oue new president looks sickly hope he survives his four years tenure

Toni Payne said...

i was rooting for angola or tanzania...

Anonymous said...

@ dimples- she did not make top 15 this year. This years Miss NIgeria was not a good one. I guess not everyone can an Agbani D.

Anonymous said...

i thought there'd be more prizes.. ahh well.. i actually watched miss universe.. the tanzanian chick was flawless. african beauty for sure.. i thnk her name was flaviana.. she made it to top 10.. but i guess they werent ready for a chick with a low-cut(make that bald.. lol)

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