In her chat with Daily Sun, Former Most
Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN 2005)
Omowunmi Akinnnifesi pointed out that
most children in Nigeria, especially girls
lack good morals and integrity.
Omowunmi who also talked about being a
Fashion entrepreneur, further talked about
her family, her man, her sudden weight
gain, her growing up days and so much
more. Here’s the interview;
What led you into fashion of all
I wanted to do a business that would make
people call on me regularly. I have this
knack for empowering women. There are
several other things I intend doing to
empower women but among all these
interests is my passions for making people
look good. I love to make women dress
elegantly. I want something that would
make the women to be able to carry
themselves nicely. The first thing they
need to do to beef up their image is to
enhance the way they look. So, I started
with enhancing the physicality of women.
I’m going into other things like enhancing
women mentally and enhancing her soul as
a woman in the society. I started with what
women looks like, and adapt that to her
image. I know it sounds something like a
cliché, but that was the reason I went into
Do you have a fashion or grooming school
since you mentioned your desire to
I intend going into international imaging
and etiquette. I want to teach women not
only how they should appear but how they
should also behave and this is important.
When you come across some of our
children these days, especially the girls,
you would notice they don’t have integrity
anymore. They lack morals and manners
and these are the things that make a
woman. These are part of the content. The
new generation of youths is not growing
with our culture, so we need to retrain
them on how to behave. They have to
imbibe the culture of respect for elders and
how to behave like a proper lady. They also
need to learn how to host visitors; do fine
dinning; how to speak, sit down, talk; eat
certain kinds of food.
We hardly train people on some of these
things in Nigeria. People don’t believe they
are necessary. But it’s very important. I
attended Queens’ College, Lagos and way
back then; they used to teach us these
things. But these days, the students are
only taught Maths, English and all those
important subjects but as for moral
etiquette, it’s no longer there.
So, part of your vision is to establish an
etiquette school, how soon will that
I wrote a business plan for that in 2009.
How old was I then? But I never got
around it. I was in London College of
fashion. That was after I completed my
masters at Kings College London. This is
the way to start and from there, it will
graduate. I’m also into photography. I have
a studio. We started with our photos for
the fashion brand. We also stated taking
shots of women and children, pregnant
women, just anything to make the woman
look good; anything to enhance her beauty.
The few photos we have done for pregnant
women or a woman and her daughter, they
are so happy, I don’t believe I’ll look like
this ooh, they scream. I have not been
happy with this pregnancy but this picture,
I will blow it inside my room. It makes
women happy; it makes them feel more
beautiful. I’m also into construction, public
relations and several other things. This is
Nigeria, and you have to be hardworking.
My friends said I do every business. I
know I don’t look it but I’m very
Did you inherit this aspect of work from
your dad or mum?
My dad attended Yales University. My dad
was a scholar and an executive director at
the Central Bank. He was very
hardworking and my mum was a career
woman. She works with Lagos State
government. My dad was also a diplomat
with the West Africa Clearing House in
Sierra Leone. My parents are very career-
driven and I want to believe that’s where I
got these things from.
You are a beauty queen turned
businesswoman, what lessons have you
learnt about life?
I have learnt that one needs to be humble.
Humility, diligence, discipline, and
perseverance, determination are recipe for
success, especially in Nigeria. Anything
short of those things won’t get you where
you want to be. You must be able to treat
everyone well, even when people don’t
treat you right. Treat them with love. Love
conquers all. You never know what
anybody could become tomorrow, so don’t
you ever look down on anybody. Life is full
of up and down. Appreciate God wherever
you are in life and maintain your faith and
your hope in God and you will be lifted
Although you have added a little flesh, you
still radiate that beauty that won you the
Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria crown
several years back, what’s the secret?
The added weight was deliberate because I
wanted to fill up a little bit. It’s a sign that
I’m really taking care of myself. I have a
very good heart, thanks be to God.
I sleep peacefully. I forgive people who wronged
me and when I wrong people, I also ask for
their forgiveness. Nothing makes me ugly
inside or outside because I have a peace of
mind. When you see people not looking
good, it’s because they are worrying or
they are holding a bit of heaviness inside.
Once you have a light and forging mind,
you would always look beautiful no matter
what your physicality is like. You will
always radiate. That is what makes me
radiate.; it’s the peace of mind and favour
Tell us a bit about your growing up years?
I grew up in Sierra Leone. I had my early
education in Freetown. My dad was a
diplomat in Sierra Leone.
After your reign as beauty queen, you did a
I was into a lot of things before I went into
fashion. Currently, I’m Nivea brand
Ambassador for West Africa.
How do you relax?
I have good friends. I keep good company.
I walk with people who keep me company;
people who enhance my soul. I cherish
people that have the same morals; the same
standards and the same views about life.
These are people who keep me going. I
watch movies, I mean, good movies and I
Can you throw light on Omowunmi ready-
Omowumi is a woman with a social
lifestyle. We have five stores in Lagos and
Abuja well stocked with clothes. We do
smart casuals, events wears for women.
Most of the materials she can wear from
daytime to night time. The brand is for
vibrant women that always want to have
confidence in themselves. We have our
head office and factory in Ikeja.
Sometimes, we try to get our fabrics from
different countries like Indonesia, Turkey,
India, Korea, etc.
How far with Mr. Right?
Who is your kind of man?
A man who fears God. Just leave it at that.
You sounded like a pastor?
That’s one thing people don’t know about
me. Since the day I won the pageant, I
have become God-fearing. It was by God
that I won the beauty pageant.
I have always been God-fearing. A lot of people
that met me later on were surprised at
what they saw of me. When did you
become this? They kept on asking. Is it
because you’re getting older? I replied
them No. People that knew me very well….
infact in my house they used call me
pastor. But people don’t know that maybe
because the way I look, or the fact that I
did the pageant, I’m a strictly God fearing
person and I’m still relevant because of the
grace of God on my life.