Nwanosike ONU, Akwa
It is a piece of motion picture that sent shockwave through the length of Anambra State and beyond. The X-rated video shows 19-year-old Miss Anambra 2015, Chidimma Okeke, engrossed in explicit sex with her lesbian partner.
According to reports, the embattled former queen’s attempt to explain the story behind the video at a press conference organised by her lawyer was truncated when reports reached the organisers that those who had leaked the act would invade the venue and kill Miss Okeke.
Since then, speculations had been rife across the state that the leaked video might be a set-up while others have blamed the organisers of the pageant in the state for leaking it to the public.
Whoever is behind the video leak has made sure that it is segmented into many parts.
The question on the lips of many people in the state, therefore, is ‘who wants the young lady dead?’
19-year-old Miss Chidimma Okeke hails from Ogboji in Orumba South Local Government Area, Anambra State, but was born and brought up in the commercial city of Onitsha by her poor parents.
At the beginning, Chidimma, an Accounting student at Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, was not interested in contesting the crown. The Nation gathered that the innocent girl was later “lured” into the competition by some unnamed persons.
According to sources, while she expressed concerns about her poor background, she later changed her mind when she was told that she would make her people proud if she was made the queen. She was also promised all the goodies associated with the competition.
One of her friends, who pleaded anonymity, said: “They bought the form for her to fill, which she did. And surprisingly, she was announced as the winner of the contest. What has happened is unfortunate.”
However, there have been several versions of what might have transpired to culminate in the leaked X-rated sex video. A version claims that the organisers of the competition might be the brains behind the scandal while another version claims that the beauty queen had been into lesbianism with her group for a long time; a claim that is gaining ground across the state.
Yet another version says she might have been influenced by one of her ex-boyfriends, who may not be comfortable with her rising profile.
Among the agreement Miss Okeke allegedly signed with the organisers of the pageant, the state owned Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), was that she would relinquish her official Kia Rio vehicle at the end of her reign.
However, one of the intrigues of the evolving story is that most of her rights as queen, including her official vehicle, were withdrawn from her before the expiration of her reign yesterday.
The Nation also gathered that the beauty queen was allegedly kidnapped at one of the eateries in Awka by an unnamed top politician a few days before the video hit the streets.
A source also alleged that the video was shot before the 2015 beauty contest, where it was alleged that certain amounts of money would be released to the alleged blackmailers from time to time.
Investigations by The Nation showed that the prize money for the pageant was one N1 million. She was said to have been paid the sum of N500, 000 with a cheque soon after she was crowned, and later paid the sum of N50, 000 monthly.
Already, lawyer to the beauty queen, Ikenna Obidiegwu, has raised the alarm that the life of his client is under threat by unknown gunmen.
But Obidiegwu told reporters that the blackmailers of her client would be made known soon, adding that one of them was a top politician.
However, he debunked claims making the rounds that the beauty queen had been smuggled outside the country to Ghana.
He said Chidimma Okeke was passing through a very trying phase in her life, while calling for prayers from Nigerians to help her scale through the difficult period.
A text message sent by the embattled queen through her Facebook page reads as follows: “The moment I made public this intention to speak with journalists, I have been under siege of threats by my blackmailers and traducers.
“They are seriously threatening to shoot me at the press conference if I ever open my mouth to say the real truth about the ugly episode.
“Since I have no protection, and if I die now the truth will be buried forever, it’s my intention to sacrifice myself to save not just myself but other girls and other upcoming pageants by letting the world know the truth and what we go through.”
But her explanations may not have been enough to douse the raging fire started by the video. Most of those who spoke with our correspondent are worried that despite her efforts to explain the mystery behind the video, the former beauty queen did not deny that the video had nothing to do with her.
“I pity her and I wish she would come out to let us know what really happened. But that does not take away the fact that she appeared in that ugly video. And until she comes out to tell the world that she was not the one in the video, her reputation remains at stake,” a worried mother said.
Meanwhile, the organiser of the pageant, the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), on Thursday, came out to dissociate itself from the sex scandal.
The statement, which was made available to The Nation was titled “Miss Anambra Pageant Organisers Dissociate from the Alleged Lurid Contents in Circulation.”
The statement reads: “The attention of the management of the Anambra Broadcasting Service, organisers of the Miss Anambra Beauty Pageant, has been drawn to a video with lurid contents purportedly showing former Miss Anambra, Miss Chidinma Okeke (Miss Anambra 2015).
“The said Miss Chidinma Okeke, who is allegedly linked to the lurid content in circulation, has served out her term as Miss Anambra 2015 and handed over the crown in line with the terms and conditions of the Miss Anambra pageant.
“We condemn in clear terms any amoral behaviour/conduct as suggested by the alleged lurid content in circulation and do not condone such.
“It is on record that The Miss Anambra Beauty Pageant has been a platform to empower Anambra women and celebrate our rich culture and heritage. Winners of the pageant are bound to contracts to be of good conduct and moral behaviour and to uphold/maintain the honour in their position as queen.
“Winners of the pageant also contract to refrain from any personal relationship that could appear to hinder their ability to perform the duties of their office as queen and role model and we do not expect any less.
“We, therefore, wish to dissociate The Miss Anambra pageant from any discussions on the said allegations.
“We feel sufficiently perturbed by the mere reference already made to the pageant and hereby state that we are in no way connected to the controversy.
“We apologise to the government and good people of Anambra State, our sponsors, supporters, friends and all those associated with the Miss Anambra project for the embarrassment the mere reference to the pageant in the controversy may have caused; whilst reassuring of the good intentions of the Miss Anambra pageant franchise.”
Already, the 2016 pageant has been postponed indefinitely by the organisers. The Nation