Nanou Bingan is the newly crowned Miss Diamond Nigeria West. A graduate of Micro Biology, in this interview with ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM, she revealed her experience in camp and how she would like to use her beauty to help the needy.
With all sincerity would you say the judges were objective and fair?
Yes, to me they were objective. With all we heard in camp at a point we started assuming some girls were the winners because of the stories we had heard, but funny enough, it was the other way round. It was people that we never expected that won. People that worked hard in camp eventually emerged winners.
Did you foresee this victory while preparing for the contest?
While preparing for the contest, yes, I did because I have a spiritual father in the person of Dr. Chris Ekeh, Pastor of World and Spirit Assembly Church. Sometimes when I am confused in such situations I go back to meet him for spiritual backup and prayers, and I remember that any time I go back to meet him, he will always tell me don’t worry, you will be favoured. All I want from you is to do your humanly best and God will do the rest for you. He also told me to have a positive mind. So as I was going there, I believed was going to be a winner, but humanly, when you get there and see other very beautiful girls, you naturally feel intimidated. But I still remembered the words of my Pastor.
Now that you got a crown as Miss Diamond Nigeria West, what is next?
Wow! I have so many things on my mind. Like I said, everything I do, I know is by God’s grace. The first thing I did after emerging a winner was to go and give God thanks. I went for a Thanksgiving Service, then secondly, I have to seat down now and start writing my proposals, all the things I have in mind to help the less privileged, to help the abused girls in the society. I have passion for helping those that are not where they ought to be, those that are demoralised one way or the other. This is one project I have to seat down now and start working out to achieve. I want to design my pet project which will affect almost all the youths.
What is your pet project?
I have passion for helping the less privileged and carrying out social services that would benefit a greater number of people. I shall be looking at well-articulated community projects which I shall be doing in collaboration with socially responsible, organisations, companies, agencies and parastatals to better the living standards of our people. There are certain places you will go where you find out that what is lacking in the community to actually make life easier for them can easily be provided by one organisation, or even an individual, but still they are waiting for government to come and do it. I shall stand in the gap in these areas; identify some these communities, what projects they desire, and look for people oriented companies that can take up such projects as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility venture. Also, my pet project is mostly on how to better the lives of the abused youths especially, the girl child. A girl might have what it takes to achieve something but just because she did not succumb to what is requested of her, she will not have it. For instance, a friend told how she went for an interview, after a very brilliant performance which was acknowledged by the management, at the end of the day, she was denied the job because she could not succumb to what a top official of the company asked of her. I want to stand in for such people by encouraging them to wait for God’s time instead of giving in to such abuse.
How do plan to achieve this?
I intend to achieve it by God’s grace, getting a place and really working hard. I intend going to meet with some the girls you find in hotels who of course you know can learn a trade. I pick the ones I can help and encourage them to believe in themselves and engage in a more dignifying trade than just prostituting. I will also be looking at helping children but my main concern is on girls because girls are the ones that carry most of the blessings on earth. They are the ones that make families, we are the ones that know when the pains are there. We know how to talk to people, handle issues so that is why I am emphasising on the girl child.
Did you get support from your family when you decided to go into contest for beauty pageantry?
I got support from my mum but my father is this fanatic type of person. He thinks that anything pageantry does not go the right way, that one must do something bad for one to make headway in beauty pageantry. However, he supported initially because my mum was there, but two days before the event he almost stopped me. He changed his mind and said he had heard so many fraudster stories and something was telling him that this might be a fraud. But eventually, when I emerged a winner of Miss Diamond Nigeria West, he was the first person that started calling all his friends to tell them his daughter is now a queen.
What advice do you have for Nigerian girls, especially aspiring beauty queens?
My advice for Nigerian girls is that they should always know that being beautiful is not a criteria, beauty with brain and wisdom is the best thing. Also, being beautiful as well as religious is one of the best things that can happen to a girl. Girls should know that the beauty God gave to them is for a purpose, for us to glorify His name. It is for us to tell people that you can be beautiful and still be humble; you can be beautiful and still serve God. You can be beautiful and still preach the word of God, and still be a blessing to the society.
What is your education background?
I did both my primary and secondary schools in Lagos and my university education in Ogun State, Olabisi Onabanjo University. I studied Micro Biology, so I am a graduate of Micro Biology. I speak fluent English and French languages. I want to use this medium to reach out to people that can help me build my vision. People that can be a blessing to me and the girls I am trying to help. People that can help me carry through my pet projects by intervening in social responsibility projects which I shall be working on, and also help promote the girl child education and training.