BEAUTY BEHIND BAR :  Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Centre, Lagos, hosted Nigeria’s first and only beauty pageant – DCP Ekpendu Lizzie

BEAUTY BEHIND BAR :  Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Centre, Lagos, hosted Nigeria’s first and only beauty pageant – DCP Ekpendu Lizzie

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BEAUTY BEHIND BAR :  Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Centre, Lagos, hosted Nigeria’s first and only beauty pageant – DCP Ekpendu Lizzie 
Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Centre, under the control of DCP Ekpendu Lizzie I/C, Female Prison Lagos, hosted Nigeria’s first and only beauty pageant focused on corrections.

The event, which was tagged “THE WONDER OF WOMAN,” had two stages.

i. The Inmate Beauty Pageant, category
ii. Staff Beauty Pageant, category

In an interview with our correspondent, DCP Ekpendu Lizzie said, “The main reason why I decided to put up this show is to change people’s narrative towards inmates across all correctional centers in Nigeria.”
“This event was a first in the history of all correctional centers across Nigeria and we are hoping it becomes an annual thing. DCP Ekpendu Lizzie, who addressed all inmates as her daughters, stated that the inmates have been her strength since she took over as I/C Female Prison Kirikiri.

“I am like a mother to them,” she said. My duty is to love and tolerate all the attitudes the inmates exhibit. An average correctional officer must exhibit the attitude of a mother, doctor, nurse, psychologist, midwife, pastor, imam, and the whole package, to mention but a few.””
When God gave me this idea, I was so humbled and I informed my commandant, and he gave me the go ahead. With God on our side, we practiced for three (3) months in order to actualize the dream. The idea of this show is to let my daughters (inmates) feel very confident in themselves and for them to know that they are beautiful and not to be condemned.”
“There is nothing in this world. Every single person on earth is sound and agile, and when we remember that we are sound, we will be conscious that at the end of everything is just 6 ft down. When we are born, the person we don’t know bathes us, and when we die, a total stranger will also give us a bath. It is time for my daughter, called inmate, to show the world that behind the walls of correction centers (prisons) there is beauty and wife material. They are to let the world know that there is a beauty behind the bar.”
“It’s time to bring back the confidence that being behind the cell in any correctional center across the country doesn’t matter as long as they have God and with change, they could be the best thing ever.


The Inmate cartigory showcased 11 contestants representing the various cells in the female correctional centers, including an inmate who is a non-Nigerian who came in 2nd runner-up in the competition.”

Chidinma Ojukwu, a 21-year-old inmate, emerged as the winner of the beauty pageant, which was held to mark the 2022 International Women’s Day.
Miss Correctional 2022 went away with a Hisense 32KG Chest Freezer.
First (1st) Runner-up goes to Miss Aso Rock with a consolation price. Kester Refrigerator 


Second runner-up with a consolation 


Other female inmates who competed in the pageant were all dressed in dinner gowns with sashes supposedly representing their prison wards.

Among the fabrics paraded were hand-made materials made by the inmates.

Fabrics paraded here were hand-made materials made by the inmates.

The second face of the event is the Officers (Staff) Beauty Pageant competition, where 12 contestants compete in and under each of the units in the correctional center.

Mrs. Helen Torty, who represented the store department, won the Officers’ Beauty Pageant cartigory.

Mrs. Ann Enny Oduh, who represented the Catering Section, came second. 

Mrs. Esther Azu, representing the Psychology Department, came third in the competition.

Rotimi Oladokun, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Prison Service, Lagos State Command, who spoke to journalists, confirmed that “the event took place in commemoration of International Women’s Day in the female custodial facility of the prison.


There were a series of events: talk shows, talent shows, music, comedy, and beauty pageants.

Commenting on the emergence of Chidinma as Miss Cell, Oladokun said, “I can’t comment on a particular winner because there were many winners.” Cell A may decide to sing, Cell B may decide to do a beauty pageant, while Cell C may decide to present a play. “

Maybe her own cell decided to present a pageant show and she won as a representative there. But as I said, there are other winners.

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