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May 31, 2016

My “dethronement” by Nollywood Beauty Pageant – Miss Nollywood Culture and Tourism 2016 speaks out

My "dethronement" by Nollywood Beauty Pageant - Miss Nollywood Culture and Tourism 2016 speaks out 

Few
days ago, I brought you a gist that Nollywood Beauty Pageant wrote on
its Facebook page that it has removed Grace Okoro Adaeze as Miss
Nollywood Culture and Tourism 2016. The reason given for the
dethronement was “disobedience” of rules. Today, the lady involved has
come out openly to talk about the embarrassment and what transpired
between her and the organizers of the beauty pageant.

Miss Grace Okoro Adaeze stated:

MY SIDE OF THE STORY
I
called the contact phone number which was on the advert page for the
Miss Nollywood 2015 / 2016 after filling the online form and making the
bank registration payment. Mr Barakumo Odede who picked the call asked
me to order for tickets which I will sell like other contestants which
is a criteria to be a potential winner of the pageant. I then sold
tickets worth #40,000 which I gave to Mr Barakumo. One night during
camping, Mr Barakumo told us all that he will interview us but it will
be privately done in his room.

We went in one after the other. I
went in when it was my turn and MR Barakumo was behaving very funny
that made me very uncomfortable in that room. Amongst other things, he
asked me if I had a boyfriend, and I said yes, and he said that Queens
don’t have boyfriends but rich men pays for it. I left the room angrily
and upset, I later found out that he asked other contestants for sex too
during the one-on-one interview sessions. On one faithful night again,
Mr Bara sent me a text to meet him at the corridor, which I did.
But
he was not there, then I called him and he asked me to open the next
room’s door, when I did, I saw him sitting on a chair with a worried
look, “Boss, are you OK? I asked him and he replied “Yes, but I am tired
and I need lovemaking from you”. I reminded him of my boyfriend.

This word got him angry and he then told me that other contestants were
begging for it while he is giving it to me for free and I’m rejecting
his offer. He pulled off his clothes and tried to get me down then I
slapped him, struggled to get away from him and ran to my room
immediately. He later sent me a text that he was sorry that he don’t
know what came over him and pleaded that I shouldn’t tell anyone about
it.

On the grand finale, 27th December, 2015 after we have been
declared winners, we were surprised to learn that crowns were borrowed
from Miss Bayelsa pageant to crown us and immediately after our group
photographs, the crowns were returned back to the organizers of the Miss
Bayelsa pageant whose pageant was being held same day at a different
venue. All the regional Queens were not crowned as a result of this. We
were given just flowers and sashes.

There was no rules, there
was no contract agreement for us to sign, no constitution was read to
us, no certificate was given neither did we see the 1million naira star
prize for the winners as promised by Bara as he is popularly called. The
next day he told us to dress very good and come downstairs to the pool
side, when we got there, he introduced us to a man who we later found
out was a politician. That was when it dawned on us that Bara is up to
something different, we later went back to our rooms talking about what
just happened.

The next morning, Mr Bara asked for N5, 000.00, I
told him that I don’t have any cash on me so he begged and took my ATM
card to withdraw the money. I was so shocked to receive an alert Of N45,
000.00 debits out of the N50,000.00 that was in the account. He
withdrew all my money, the cash that I saved for my school fees and left
just N5, 000.00. When I confronted him, he pleaded that the
organization will pay me back the money later and that the hotel
management had asked us to leave because he couldn’t pay the complete
deposit for our accommodation and that I shouldn’t sell the company’s
secret out.
 

I was confused and wandered
what a beauty pageant I got myself into where the organizer begs from
his contestants for almost everything. The last of it was when he
requested for one of my phones that owner of the one he was using just
took it and there’s no way he can communicate anymore. I gave Bara my
Techno T470 phone before we all left Bayelsa at the end.

After
our crowning, Mr Barakumo told me to work very hard that by the first 3
months into our reign, the agency will give me all my benefits. With
this, I worked diligently.
I am so proud to say that I did very well
with the help of my parents no money was given to me by him. Instead I
gave Mr Barakumo N15, 000.00 to design two awards plaques which I’ll be
presenting to the King of my Community and the leader of our traditional
ruling council when I paid them courtesy visit respectively.

I
have always carried him along in all I do yet he keeps pestering me for
money and recharge cards. I called when I wanted to unveil my pet
project(the Hope Support Initiative Foundation) and he said he was very
proud and happy for me. He even suggested to do all my designs and
printing in Bayelsa State, saying that it is cheaper there. I sent him
the money he requested for the printing and also specially invited him
to the launching of my foundation, with all his expenses on me.(
Transport, accommodation, feeding and miscellaneous).

He pledged to donate N700, 000.00 (it is on the video tape)Bara asked me to date him I refused.
The
day I asked him of my certificate as (Miss Nollywood Culture and
Tourism) Mr Barakumo got so furious and threatened to dethrone me if I
ever ask for the certificate again. That was when I knew he was up to
something sinister.

Mr Robynz who was aware of the “Bara Saga”
approached Mr. Bara and advised to settle all these issues that is
responsible for the biff he is having with his queens, from the
certificate to the N1million winning prize, Mr Bara took it as an
unfriendly gesture, he called him a betrayal for taking sides with ‘his
Queens’. Mr Robynz told him that its so sad to see him defraud us. Mr
Barakumo told him that it was the duty of our boyfriends or sugar
daddies to buy the cars for us then he will claim that he gave us the
cars after branding them, saying that this is how it is done. I now
understood why he told us in camp never to have boyfriends but rather
should date men whom he believes can get us the cars. So, we should go
out and sell our bodies for money and that the organization has nothing
to give us and that he has given us a platform for us to sell our
selves.

The attitude of Mr. Bara trying to frustrate our
efforts and all that we have worked for gave Robynz an opportunity to
manage my foundation.
The last straw that broke the camel’s back was
when I was invited for a children’s day party by the wife of KOLGA
chiarman and I sent Bara a text to inform him because I don’t want to
have issues with him but he didn’t reply. Then surprisingly, on the 25th
night he sent me a text message asking me to suspend my trip to Bayelsa
and to cancel the children’s day celebration appointment, he said that
I’m making the money and sharing it with Mr Robynz and that he will make
sure he disgrace and dethrone me if I dare him and that I want to do
what the immediate past Miss Nollywood Nigeria 2014(Queen Gwen)did and
that he won’t let it happen again.

I went to Bayelsa on Thursday
26th May, 2016 with my mum, I went for a courtesy visit to the General
Manager of Niger Delta Television. Immediately Mr Barakumo saw the
interview on the news he became furious and told me that I want to
become popular and famous like the immediate past Miss Nollywood Nigeria
and that I am rude consequently, he will dethrone me.

Mr.
Bara was more furious after he saw my post on facebook about the success
story of the Children’s day celebration at KOLGA, Bayelsa State. That’s
how he concluded to fabricate all the lies he published and that he has
dethroned me. He immediately sent me all the links and blog addresses
that he has published it.

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