Omasan Buwa

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Omasan Tokunbo Buwa
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMost Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 1987
Miss Nigeria 1987 (Finalist), Miss Intercontinental (Finalist)

Omasan Tokunbo Maxine Buwa (born October 27, 1965) is a Nigerian social worker and media commentator who rose to prominence as Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria winner in 1987. Throughout her career, she has worked as a model, television presenter, restaurateur, and actress, and most recently has served as a panellist on the TV show The Amazons.

Early life[edit]

Buwa was born in Paddington, London, but at age 7 moved to Nigeria with her mother, a teacher and Nigerian Airways head of catering. She attended Government College, Ikorodu where she showed interest in reading, debating, and track and field sports, and enrolled at the University of Maiduguri to study English Language. As a model under the Pandora model agency, Buwa modelled for several designers including Dakova and Labanella, and for advertising agencies such as Insight Communication and Rosabel.[1][2]


In 1987, Buwa competed in Miss Nigeria and lost to Stella Okoye, but won the second edition of Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, representing Warri. Her coronation was marred by protests from the audience who favoured first runner-up Niki Onuaguluchi who had flown in from Los Angeles to compete in the pageant. The judges defended their decision on grounds that Onuaguluchi, whose height was a mere 5'6", stood a lesser chance than her taller rivals at the forthcoming Miss Intercontinental. Buwa, on her part, accused her runner-up of rallying supporters to cheer her to victory.

During her reign, critics unfavourably described Buwa as unconventional and tomboyish,[3] yet she still represented Nigeria at Miss Intercontinental 1987 where she reached the top 5, and at Miss Universe, and Miss World the following year before returning to the University of Maiduguri. However, the institution's predominantly Muslim authorities expelled her due to her participation in pageants which they described as immoral.[3] In 1989, Buwa co-hosted the Miss Intercontinental pageant held in Lagos.


After her reign, Buwa purchased a jazz/restaurant in Lagos, and established an aesthetics and cosmetology business. She also opened the modelling agency, "Queens LT", with fashion designer Funmi Ajila.[2]As an actress, Buwa took the lead in the movie Scattered Pictures, and the soap operas Memories and Ripples. She also worked as the host of weekend breakfast television program Morning Ride broadcast on NTA 2 Channel 5, and appeared in regular segments on BEN Television, London. Buwa later moved to New York where she worked as a make-up artist, with clients including Naomi Campbell and Mary J. Blige.[4]

Buwa - who later acquired a Law degree from the University of North London - [5] was subsequently employed as an attorney and a social worker for special needs children whilst working part-time as a model in Ohio and writing for The Diasporan Star, an American-based Nigerian magazine.[6] She also wrote the column "Generation Max" for Whispaz Magazine. In 2009, Buwa returned to Nigeria where the Delta state governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, supported her programme "Rise" which helped meet the needs of people with disabilities. She has appeared on socio-political radio programs and has written for magazines. She also created an entity called "Maximillia 3", which mentors young people interested in a career in the media and discourages abuse of young women in the beauty pageant industry. [2]

Personal life[edit]

Buwa has a daughter and twin sons with her ex-husband, and is of the opinion that she is still in search of a better man.[7]Buwa's sons have helped expand her programme with the subsidiary "Rise 2".[2] [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "dead link". Archived from the original on 4 March 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Ukonu, Nkarenyi (1 April 2012). "Unlike now, beauty pageants never opened doors – Omasan Buwa". The Punch. Lagos, Nigeria. Archived from the original on 8 April 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b "News -- I was a tomboy–Omasan Buwa, Ex-beauty queen". 12 August 2016. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  4. ^ Unlike now, beauty pageants never opened doors — Omasan Buwa Archived 8 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "About Us". 29 September 2014. Archived from the original on 29 September 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  6. ^ The Diasporan Star Archived 25 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine The Diasporan Star website.
  7. ^ "I'm still searching for the right man as husband — Ex-beauty queen Buwa The Nation Newspaper". 7 September 2019. Archived from the original on 12 September 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  8. ^ "Omasan Buwa's Twins Plot Charity for Less Privileged". Archived from the original on 15 December 2022. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
Preceded by Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria
Succeeded by