She is fair and beautiful. But she is also blessed with a heart of gold and a sound mind. Welcome to the world of Nancy Olive -Aisaghonhi, the Calabar Carnival Queen 2013/2014.
The stately beauty queen was on Sunday 13th April, officially unveiled to the public and development partners at a glitzy, yet brain tickling event as the Face of Mothers Against Child Abandonment (MACA).
Nancy is working with MACA, a Non Governmental Organization established by the Cross Rivers State First Lady, Obioma Liyel-Imoke to reduce the high rate of child abandonment and child destitution in the Niger-Delta state and the country.
Speaking at the event held at the Sheraton hotel Abuja, the beauty queen urged that more individuals, groups and members of the private sector collaborate with organizations like MACA to prevent the sad occurrence of abandoned babies as well as reduce the number of street children.
Backing her call for action with statistics which shows that 12 percent of street children across the world are girls who have suffered different forms of abuse, she decried the fact that parents and in some cases, the society has failed children.
She however said that there was hope for street children as organizations such as MACA have taken up the fight to significantly reduce child abandonment and the growing menace of street children. Olive -Aisaghonhi expressed joy that she and past Calabar Carnival Queens have taken the message of avoiding high risk behavior that exposes youths to unwanted pregnancies and STIs to over 50 thousand students.
She said: “We in MACA have seen children living conditions that made we adults wonder how they survived. I make the call to get them off the streets and to prevent children from being abandoned. My goal and that of MACA is to significantly reduce teenage pregnancies, promote informed choices as well as reduce STI and AIDS infection”.
Founder of MACA and Mrs. Imoke described the beauty queen as the right spokesperson for her foundation as the younger generation can easily relate with her. Tagging her as role model worthy of emulation, Imoke asked her friends in the public and private sector to support the Calabar Carnival Queen in her drive to prevent youngsters from taking bad decisions that lead to cases child abandonment and unsafe abortions.
It wasn’t a night of all speeches as guests which included members of the diplomatic corps, the immediate past First Lady of Anambra state, Margaret Obi and the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Edem Duke were treated to good food and an assortment of beverages.