Bianca Ojukwu, Nigeria’s Former Ambassador to Spain and Permanent Representative to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation made an impromptu visit to her sister Ambassador Lilian Onoh who is currently Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Namibia. The two sisters who are obviously very close spent quality time bonding together at the capital city of Windhoek and the coastal resort of Swakopmund balling. See pictures below…
Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu (born Bianca Odinaka Olivia Onoh, 5 August 1968) is a Nigerian politician, diplomat and lawyer, businesswoman and multiple pageant titleholder. The winner of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 1988 Pageant, She was also Miss Africa and is best known as the first African to win Miss Intercontinental. Formerly Nigeria’s Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs and the country’s ambassador to Ghana and Spain, she is now Nigeria’s permanent representative to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
The sixth child of former Anambra governor Christian Onoh, and his wife Carol, Odumegwu-Ojukwu was educated in Enugu and Yorkshire, but spent most of her childhood in rural Ngwo. She attended boarding school at Ackworth School, Pontefract, St.Andrews College, Cambridge as well as the Cambridge Tutorial College where she obtained her A- levels. She soon began a combined honours degree in Politics, Economics and Law at the University of Buckingham, but transferred to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka as her father, who was a lawyer, wanted his children to join his firm in Nigeria and insisted she concentrated solely on Law.
Following her graduation she attended the Nigerian Law School which eventually led to her call to the bar. Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu also holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Alfonso X el Sabio University, Spain. In December 1988, Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu was crowned Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria at the National Theatre Igamnu, Lagos. Prior to her emergence as the National beauty Queen, she had won the Miss Martini contest whilst at college in Cambridge.
Bianca went on to win more beauty contests, notably Miss Africa, hosted in Banjul, Gambia, few weeks after the MBGN pageant and the prestigious Miss Intercontinental Pageant hosted in Lagos in 1989. She was also Nigeria’s representative at the Miss World pageant held in Hong Kong in 1989 as well as the Miss Universe, Pageant held in Cancun, Mexico. She was named Miss Congeniality at the now defunct Miss Charm International in Russia where she was a semi-finalist.
After graduating from Law School, Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu briefly practised the profession before quitting, and dividing her time between her home, her cosmetics business Bianca Blend and her interior decorating outfit Mirabella. Although she had stated in interviews her disdain for modelling in the past, Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu has fronted an advertising campaign for Bianca Blend. She also established the non-government organisation Hope House Trust, centred towards rehabilitating juvenile offenders in Enugu.
In 2011, she was appointed Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Affairs by president Goodluck Jonathan, and in 2012 she was named Nigeria’s ambassador to Spain. Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu was honored with the Certificate of Merit by El Mundo Diplomatico, Spain for her efforts towards providing effective platforms for constructive engagement between Nigeria and Spain, and was voted Africa’s Outstanding Ambassador by The Voice Magazine, Netherlands in 2014.
She was also honored with the “Ambassador of Excellence” Award by the Government of Anambra State, Nigeria at its Silver Jubilee commemoration in 2016. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, the Political Party that was founded by her late husband Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu and which has maintained political power in Anambra State for over a decade.
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