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    First Miss Nigeria Celebrates 87th Birthday (Photos)

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    Though she hails from Kogi State, Grandma Oyelude was born in Kano to James Adeleye Olude and Marthan Dantu, who both hail from Isanlu, present day Kogi State.

    The story of how she became the first Miss Nigeria is as riveting as her enigmatic personality, even in her advanced old age.

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    Miss Nigeria started in 1957 as a photo contest, whereby contestants posted photographs of themselves to The Daily Times headquarters in Lagos. Finalists were shortlisted, and successful finalists were invited to compete in the live final at the Lagos Island Club.

    42nd Miss Nigeria, Chidinma Aaron took to her instagram page, shared some photos with the first ever Miss Nigeria and wrote captioning:

    Happy Birthday Mama Grace Atinuke Oyelude, Miss Nigeria the 1st

    I celebrate you. Your new age is no small feat. It is a blessing bestowed on you by the almighty. And by extension, on the rest of us.
    Grateful for meeting you, spending time with you and getting to know you for myself. You’re warm and wise. You’re concise and confident. You’re more than words would let me share.  88 hearty cheers mama

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