At a time many people are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the rate of sexual immorality among the youth, a 19-year old student of the School of Nursing, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Mosunmola Oladipo, has won the Miss Virginity 2015 beauty pageant.
Oladipo beat 51 other self-confessed virgins at the event held on Saturday in Surulere, Lagos.
According to her, there was a lot of pressure from many people outside, but she was able to preserve her flower based on her conviction.
Oladipo said, “It’s all about self-determination. It is about knowing what you want to achieve. It is a thing of honour to be a virgin.”
Although the originator of the competition, Princess Adunni Adediran, noted that the contestants were not medically or physically tested, she said it was organised to honour and appreciate virgins.
According to her, the judges considered the candidates’ appearances and I.Q.
Adediran said, “I was thinking of our female children who men repeatedly use to satisfy their carnal desires before they are finally dumped. These girls will have undergone several abortions till their wombs are damaged. And when they marry they cannot have children. Some girls even run mad.”
She added that some of the 52 contestants were mobilised by a Muslim cleric, Alfa Sharafadeen Bulala.
“When he saw our handbills, he was excited at the prospects and invited virgins in his mosque and the surrounding neighbourhood.
“When we started, we had a veteran gynaecologist helping us – Dr. Naimdeem Adeikemade. But some parents were grumbling that we were violating the privacy of their children by inspecting their privates. The ministry of health also wrote me a letter in 2009 on the same issue.
“This time around, God forbid that anyone who is not a virgin would come here to contest. I’m not testing them but they don’t know,” she said.
Bulala and a church leader, Dr. Adedayo Oyebamjo, as well as Associate Prof. of Guidance and Counselling, Dr. Oluyemisi Pitan, addressed the girls on health, social and other related issues.