Ibitoru Ibelema Obukuru – Rivers State maiden in FONDCUP 2022

Ibitoru Ibelema Obukuru – Rivers State maiden in FONDCUP 2022

Ibitoru Ibelema Obukuru – Rivers State maiden in FONDCUP 2022 is a 22 years old lively maiden who is diligent, and a goal getter. She loves acting, talking, and traveling.  She carries herself in a very stylish and unique way her confidence speaks volume of how prepared she is for whatever challenges that will be thrown at her.

Ibitoru wishes to use her office, If crowned FONDCUP 2022/2023 queen, to empower youths within the Niger Delta region, educate secondary school students on sexual hygiene, while donating free sanitary pads to teenage girls.


Tell us briefly about yourself and family?
My name is Ibitoru Obukuru Ibelema. I am 22 years old. I am from Bonny local government in Rivers state, Southern Nigeria. I am five feet seven inches tall and light in complexion. I am from a family of nine including my parents. I have three brothers and three sisters. I am the fifth child. My dad is a retired civil servant and my mom works in the health sector of the Bonny local government. My eldest brother works as a contract staff with NLNG, while the other is an Engineer and my third brother is into music. My eldest sister is happily married with two kids, my other sister who I’m older than with three years is currently in her 200 level studying Chemistry in the University of Benin and the last born is in SS2. I graduated from the University of Benin and I’m currently serving in Abuja. My hobbies are Acting and singing. Asides that, I love talking, traveling to new places and meeting new people. I am a very neat and organized person and that’s how I like my environment to be as well. I hate lies and dishonesty. I feel the world would be a better place if people just tell the truth. I don’t have a favorite food, I can eat anything. I also like trying out new delicacies.

Who is your role model?
My mom is actually my role model. She’s my role model because she’s determined and strong. She’s been through a lot, she didn’t let her background determine her success in life. She had to struggle to see herself through school and get to where she is today. And that is proof that you can’t let your background and situation stop you from attaining your dreams and reaching your goals in life.

What is your ideal Niger Delta?
My ideal Niger Delta is a Niger Delta with peace. A Niger Delta where our natural resources isn’t a source of war and strife. A Niger Delta without oil bunkering or Sea piracy. A Niger Delta where the boats used as a big method of transportation are properly taken care of and scrutinized in order to avoid boat mishaps causing the lives of so many passengers. A Niger Delta where the oil and gas companies are put under proper scrutiny and supervision. A Niger Delta were youths are empowered with skills, young children in school and the people are not exploited. This is my ideal Niger Delta.

What regrets do you have so far as a young lady and a Pageant model?

As a young lady and pageant model, I regret letting what people say stop me from chasing my dreams early. People have a lot of negative things to say about modeling and acting. After my first pageant, I wasn’t given my prize and some persons wanting to have their way with me before giving me my prize. My first experience was not a good one and gave me some sort of bad impression and a proof to what most people said. It stopped me from going further into modeling for years now but I later realized that I can’t judge the whole modeling industry from just one bad experience. This shouldn’t stop me from going further and attaining my dreams.

How was your FONDCUP 2022 camp experience?
My FONDCUP 2022 camp experience was an interesting one. I had a lot of fun while learning even though most of the tasks were really stressful. Some tasks I had never done in my life prior to camp included going to the farm in general, harvesting cassava, grinding cassava and frying garri. I’ve had the opportunity to peel cassava before but not in that much quantity. I had the opportunity to learn some of these things from my team members Miss Edo and Miss Bayelsa. And then I was able to gain an extra skill from the soap making class. The workout sessions was another part of camp that I liked because it’s been a while I did a proper workout routine prior to camp and it was indeed needed to carry out our daily activities. One of my favorite part of camp is meeting the other maidens. We instantly built a bond and grew fond of each other. That is enough proof that we as Niger Deltans can actually live in peace and harmony without strife and jealousy. In all I had a splendid time in the FONDCUP 2022 camp.

How would you describe your room mates? (mention their names and the states they represent)
My room mates in FONDCUP 2022 camp were Petra Fufeyin Oyindenyefa who is representing Bayelsa and Precious Iniobong Imoh who is representing Akwa-ibom. They were both pretty nice and fun to be with. Petra was always the “vibe-giver” and all the maidens agreed as we all gave her a nickname “women leader”. We did not have any sort of issue as room mates. We were always helpful to one another especially in the mornings when we needed to wake up quite early for our workout sessions. When one person wakes up first, she tries to wake the others up. It was always a nice gesture so none of us will be in trouble. I’m someone that likes my space a lot and I’m not used to having room mates but having them around was not bad at all, I actually really liked their company.

What have you learned from co-existing with your fellow maidens?

From co-existing with my fellow maidens, I’ve learned how to be more open to people. I like being in my space and doing my things by myself but with them I’ve learned the importance of team work and patience. Living with them made me understand that people from diverse cultural background can actually live together in peace and harmony. You don’t have to be from the same place to be able co-exist peacefully.

Why would you want to become the next FONDCUP QUEEN?
I want to become the next FONDCUP QUEEN because I believe being in that position will give me the opportunity of effecting change in my region. Having a voice is not enough but also having the right platform will help reach more people including people in power that will help effect these changes. I have a picture of my ideal Niger Delta and we can start from somewhere to impact the region but I need the right connection and sponsorship which I know I’ll be able to get bearing the title of the FONDCUP QUEEN.

What is your possible solution to the constant crisis in the Niger Delta region?
One of the major crisis we face in the Niger Delta region is the issue of oil bunkering and oil spillage. One of the reasons most youths go into oil bunkering is because of lack of employment opportunities. More employment opportunities should be created along side skill acquisition programs to empower the youths. Slots should also be given in these oil and gas companies to qualified Niger Delta youths. Most of these companies have outsiders filling the job positions available meanwhile there are a lot of qualified Niger delta youths that are jobless. There should also be proper supervision and checks with the security agencies protecting the pipelines because there have been recent discoveries that some of them are also involved in oil bunkering or paid to keep quiet while this criminal act is ongoing. So the security agencies should also be well scrutinized.

Which rule or law in your culture and/or tradition would you want to change if given the opportunity?
A rule of law in my tradition I would like to change is the one that doesn’t allow those that die in water to be brought and buried in the Bonny land. Most Bonny indigenes that have lost their loved ones in the sea have had to take them to Port Harcourt to be buried. I don’t see a reason why there is a discrimination and calling death in the sea a bad death and cannot be buried in the Bonny land in order not to pollute the land. Everyone should be able to bury their loved ones where they want and is permissible regardless of how they died. Taking them somewhere else is us just incurring more cost for the bereaved family. Some of these families may not even have the money to start transporting a corpse to Port Harcourt and may have to borrow because of this law.

When you become FONDCUP2022 Queen, what would you want the Niger Delta people to recognize you with?
When I become the FONDCUP 2022 Queen, I would want the Niger Delta people to recognize me with kindness. A Queen that strives to help her people in different ways. Touching the lives of the Niger delta youths by empowering them with skills, touching the lives of female children in the rural parts of Niger Delta by giving free sanitary pads and sensitizing them about their menstrual hygiene and also touching the lives of the old by sharing food items. I want to be recognized as a Queen that spread love within the Niger Delta region touching the lives of many.

What is your life’s greatest challenge and regret?
My life’s greatest challenge is discovering who I am and what I want to do with my life and also making that decision to follow my dreams no matter what is being said. It wasn’t easy trying to defend why I want to go into acting and modeling and trying to convince my parents to support my dreams and also make them understand I can make a difference in the industry. My life’s greatest regret is making others my no 1 priority instead of myself and my dreams and goals. My relationship was my priority at some point and after my bad experience in my first pageant I got betrayed by two people I trusted most and it just made me lose interest in a lot of things for a while trying to pick up the pieces. People always put themselves first and I’ve learned to love me first and put myself first. I can’t give what I don’t have. I have to first invest in myself so I can impact others.


  • Ibitoru Ibelema, December 19, 2022 @ 10:05 am Reply

    Let us bring home the crown🙏🏽

    • Erhumuse Adeleye, December 20, 2022 @ 9:36 pm Reply

      She’s gonna win this…
      She’s focused and prepared to represent

    • Hart Dayibo, December 20, 2022 @ 10:04 pm Reply

      Bring it home my love you are the best

      • Tolu, December 21, 2022 @ 9:49 am Reply

        You’re amazing to work with and I’m sure you’ll do well as queen

  • Joseph Chimezie, December 19, 2022 @ 10:11 am Reply

    This is such an interesting interview, even more interesting is the person being interviewed. She is so alive and I am rooting for her incredibly beautiful self!

    • Joy Ayepeku, December 20, 2022 @ 8:49 am Reply

      Go girl

  • Onyejekwe Onyinyechukwu Victoria, December 19, 2022 @ 10:21 am Reply

    She is a very hardworking girl,bring home the crown baby girl😘😘

  • Kwienne, December 19, 2022 @ 10:23 am Reply

    By Gods grace,You’re already the FONDCUP Queen…

  • Uche, December 19, 2022 @ 10:24 am Reply

    So nice 👍

  • Adingwu Chijioke Kingsley, December 19, 2022 @ 10:28 am Reply

    You are such a beautiful soul, won’t be bad at all of you bring the crown home. You are indeed more beautiful than what people say

    • Orma, December 20, 2022 @ 3:40 pm Reply

      Go get the crown Ibelema

    • Daba Ibim Green, December 20, 2022 @ 3:42 pm Reply

      Ride on sis. You’ve got all it takes to bring the crown home.

    • Peter Ailoje, December 21, 2022 @ 9:51 am Reply

      A mind blowing write up.
      Go girl, you wining it already

  • Opus, December 19, 2022 @ 10:30 am Reply

    Ibitoru Ibelema all the way 💜

  • Joan, December 19, 2022 @ 10:34 am Reply

    Go girllll !

  • Grace Oyakonghan, December 19, 2022 @ 11:00 am Reply

    She’s the real deal.
    Winning this is a win for fondcup
    And yes! She’s coming to us with the crown

  • Christopher Daniel, December 19, 2022 @ 11:06 am Reply

    You are so adorable the sky is starting point

  • Christopher Daniel, December 19, 2022 @ 11:08 am Reply

    You are so adorable the sky is your starting point

  • Oma, December 19, 2022 @ 11:25 am Reply

    Knowing you for this short while of nysc program, am moved to believe in totality your personality is indeed credible. IB girl, we await you with the crown 👑. You’re indeed what you speak . Congratulations in addy queen IB.

    • Lawrence, December 20, 2022 @ 3:33 pm Reply

      Wow…truly inspiring

  • Emms Vogue, December 19, 2022 @ 11:52 am Reply

    A well articulated reply with eloquence, poise, candor, intelligence and more. If these ain’t qualities of a queen, I don’t knw what else is. We expecting our princess back as a queen👑👑 – HER ROYAL HIGHNESS 🙇🏾‍♂️🙇🏾‍♂️

  • Saidu Mohammed Evuti, December 19, 2022 @ 12:39 pm Reply

    Wow… what else is needed? can she just be crowned already. Very active and presentable. HER MAJESTY. I congratulate you in advance already because you deserves it.

  • Dj Oseh, December 19, 2022 @ 12:54 pm Reply

    I found this a very interesting read❤️ Go girl! 👏👏👏

    • Jane, December 20, 2022 @ 3:54 pm Reply

      Very interesting. Go prosper

  • Sarah Chika, December 19, 2022 @ 1:48 pm Reply

    She deserves the crown, so beautiful and talented 💯

  • Ay, December 19, 2022 @ 2:32 pm Reply

    Nice one 🔥🔥🔥

  • Fred Naija, December 19, 2022 @ 3:46 pm Reply

    Well done girl. You’ll definitely win the crown.

    • Ose Ephraim, December 20, 2022 @ 3:39 pm Reply

      Beauty with brains

  • Idowu oni, December 19, 2022 @ 4:31 pm Reply

    The crown is already yours babe😍congratulations in advance

  • Soala Ibelema, December 19, 2022 @ 4:33 pm Reply

    The Queen. 👑

  • STEPHANIE LONGJOHN, December 20, 2022 @ 9:42 am Reply

    Goodluck babe💃

  • Akor Judith, December 20, 2022 @ 3:26 pm Reply

    Beautiful 🥰.

  • Omienye Allison, December 20, 2022 @ 3:32 pm Reply

    Ibitoru Ibelema all the wayyyyy

  • Blessing, December 20, 2022 @ 3:33 pm Reply

    Beautiful and intelligent girl.Always bold,go girl💃💃

  • Omienye Allison, December 20, 2022 @ 3:33 pm Reply

    God bless you

  • Mary Isioma, December 20, 2022 @ 3:35 pm Reply

    Go get the crown ibelema

  • Ogaluzor Blessing, December 20, 2022 @ 3:43 pm Reply

    Nice work IB,ur interview is amazing,great research. Go girl I’m proud of you

  • Sunset, December 20, 2022 @ 3:55 pm Reply

    Really insightful interview. I am rooting for Ibitoru. I think She exudes what FOND CUP stands for.

  • Ogaluzor Blessing, December 20, 2022 @ 3:55 pm Reply

    This is really impressive,Go girl I’m proud of u.

  • Gift hart, December 20, 2022 @ 4:21 pm Reply

    You were a source of inspiration to me when I graduated from secondary
    You’ll definitely get this

  • FAVOUR IKPONMWOSA, December 20, 2022 @ 4:23 pm Reply

    Beautiful babygirl ❤️❤️❤️ Queen Ibi

  • Precious, December 20, 2022 @ 5:58 pm Reply

    You deserve to win this girl, I have watched how effortlessly and passionately you carry acting and modelling right from uni, i would say you were made for this!

  • Gift Mibilanyeofori Hart, December 20, 2022 @ 8:05 pm Reply

    You speak Intelligently IB
    You earn the crown
    Go girl👏👏👏

  • Julius Amaka, December 20, 2022 @ 9:47 pm Reply

    I see you attaining the highest height of this FONDCUP miss IB

  • Debbie, December 21, 2022 @ 7:18 am Reply

    Go girl!!!

  • Promise, December 21, 2022 @ 7:20 am Reply

    IB for the crown

  • John, December 21, 2022 @ 7:23 am Reply

    You deserve this

  • Chika Madu, December 21, 2022 @ 8:07 am Reply

    Go win this

  • Adewale, December 21, 2022 @ 8:10 am Reply

    Queen IB so impressive

  • John, December 21, 2022 @ 8:12 am Reply

    Go get the crown

  • Gift, December 21, 2022 @ 9:04 am Reply

    I believe in you
    Go and bring the crown

  • Adeboyeku, December 21, 2022 @ 9:27 am Reply

    You’ve got this IB

  • David O, December 21, 2022 @ 9:28 am Reply

    Very Intelligent lady

  • Aishat Ade, December 21, 2022 @ 9:29 am Reply

    You’re doing well babe

  • Afolabi Remi, December 21, 2022 @ 9:30 am Reply

    Bring the crown home

  • Oluwaseyi, December 21, 2022 @ 9:31 am Reply

    #fondcup2022 queen❤️

  • Balogun, December 21, 2022 @ 9:33 am Reply

    The queen👸🏽

  • Joshua Akor, December 21, 2022 @ 9:34 am Reply

    You deserve this IB. Very inspiring

  • Dickson Praise, December 21, 2022 @ 9:35 am Reply

    Beauty and brains

  • Somtochukwu, December 21, 2022 @ 9:38 am Reply

    Go queen Ib❤️

  • Benjamin Esan, December 21, 2022 @ 10:01 am Reply

    Always known you’re a queen

  • Ugo, December 21, 2022 @ 10:04 am Reply

    Nice one

  • Pepple Victoria, December 21, 2022 @ 10:15 am Reply

    Very beautiful and brilliant
    U got this one girl

    The crown all URS 💗💗
    Congrats in advance 🎉🎉🎉👏

  • Patrick Olu, December 21, 2022 @ 10:24 am Reply

    Miss Rivers

  • Henry Austin, December 21, 2022 @ 10:25 am Reply

    Miss Rivers for the crown

  • Emeka Henry, December 21, 2022 @ 10:26 am Reply

    She’s the queen already

  • Taiwo Precious, December 21, 2022 @ 10:27 am Reply

    Go baby girl

  • Justice, December 21, 2022 @ 10:27 am Reply

    Best of luck

  • Clinton Awuchi, December 21, 2022 @ 10:29 am Reply

    Nice one dear

  • Munirat, December 21, 2022 @ 10:30 am Reply

    ❤️❤️ Go IB

  • Stephen O, December 21, 2022 @ 10:31 am Reply

    You’re a hardworking girl and you deserve this

  • Agnes Okonkwo, December 21, 2022 @ 11:28 am Reply

    Well done IB

  • Olakunle, December 21, 2022 @ 11:29 am Reply

    You deserve this👏🏽

  • Paul, December 21, 2022 @ 11:30 am Reply

    Go get that crown

  • Chukwunonso, December 21, 2022 @ 11:31 am Reply

    The Incoming Queen

  • Umar, December 21, 2022 @ 11:33 am Reply

    Congratulations in advance

  • Luke Ndubuisi, December 21, 2022 @ 11:34 am Reply

    Most talented IB

  • Stella, December 21, 2022 @ 11:38 am Reply

    We are rooting for you IB

  • Aliyu, December 21, 2022 @ 11:39 am Reply

    She’s the winner

  • Tonye, December 21, 2022 @ 12:06 pm Reply

    Go win this

  • Andrew, December 21, 2022 @ 12:07 pm Reply

    Congrats Ib

  • Victor, December 21, 2022 @ 12:09 pm Reply

    She deserves to win this

  • Solomon, December 21, 2022 @ 12:10 pm Reply


  • Blessed, December 21, 2022 @ 12:12 pm Reply

    You have won already

  • Remi, December 21, 2022 @ 12:13 pm Reply

    This is nice

  • Gift, December 21, 2022 @ 12:14 pm Reply

    Amazing content

  • Ifeanyi, December 21, 2022 @ 12:16 pm Reply

    You’re an amazing girl

  • Sunny, December 21, 2022 @ 12:18 pm Reply


    • Ify Ike, December 22, 2022 @ 8:43 am Reply

      You have always been so diligent.. hope you ein this..

  • Miracle, December 21, 2022 @ 12:19 pm Reply

    Queen Ib #fondcup2022

  • Iyke, December 21, 2022 @ 12:21 pm Reply


  • Igbinakenzua Eseosa, December 21, 2022 @ 9:39 pm Reply

    She is an amazing person, so accommodating nd easy going person …win win girl

  • Sima, December 22, 2022 @ 8:25 am Reply

    you’ve got this girl

  • Charles, December 22, 2022 @ 8:26 am Reply

    Our Queen!!!

  • Boma, December 22, 2022 @ 8:27 am Reply

    very good one

  • Anayo, December 22, 2022 @ 8:28 am Reply

    we are here for you

  • Christian, December 22, 2022 @ 8:29 am Reply

    Go girl!!

  • Henry E., December 22, 2022 @ 8:30 am Reply

    we are rooting for you. you will win this

  • Francis, December 22, 2022 @ 8:33 am Reply

    Well done IB

  • Ify Ike, December 22, 2022 @ 8:38 am Reply

    The interview was interesting. You deserve this..no doubts

  • Ade, December 22, 2022 @ 9:03 am Reply

    amazing person, she deserves to win

  • Bella Nweke, December 22, 2022 @ 9:05 am Reply

    Go baby girl, bring the crown home

  • Bami, December 22, 2022 @ 9:06 am Reply

    Ib for the crown

  • Ayo, December 22, 2022 @ 9:08 am Reply

    you will win this

  • lawal, December 22, 2022 @ 9:11 am Reply

    she’s a hardworking and intelligent girl

  • Cynthia, December 22, 2022 @ 9:13 am Reply

    you have won already

  • Idamina, December 22, 2022 @ 9:14 am Reply

    you are going places dear

  • Oge, December 22, 2022 @ 9:15 am Reply

    Go get this crown

  • Matthew Ade, December 22, 2022 @ 9:16 am Reply

    Inspiring. Go Queen

  • Osas, December 22, 2022 @ 9:17 am Reply

    she has all it takes to be Queen

  • Suleiman, December 22, 2022 @ 9:19 am Reply

    she is the winner

  • Victoria, December 22, 2022 @ 9:20 am Reply

    An elegant lady

  • Aaron, December 22, 2022 @ 9:22 am Reply

    congrats in advance

  • Adegbenga, December 22, 2022 @ 9:23 am Reply

    A queen and more

  • Eunice, December 22, 2022 @ 9:24 am Reply

    you deserve this girl

  • Sotonye, December 22, 2022 @ 9:25 am Reply

    nice answers. Beauty and brains

  • Hadiza, December 22, 2022 @ 9:26 am Reply

    Beautiful in and out

  • Joseph Douglas, December 22, 2022 @ 9:31 am Reply

    Goodluck with this

  • Ali, December 22, 2022 @ 9:33 am Reply


  • Rowland, December 22, 2022 @ 9:37 am Reply

    Lovely, you deserve the crown

  • Ebere, December 22, 2022 @ 9:39 am Reply

    God bless you dear

  • Tumini, December 22, 2022 @ 3:38 pm Reply

    Bring the crown home baby girl ❤️🎉

  • Paul, December 23, 2022 @ 4:50 am Reply

    You’ve got this dear

  • Aramide, December 23, 2022 @ 4:51 am Reply

    ❤️❤️ you’re a star

  • Kauna, December 23, 2022 @ 4:55 am Reply

    Go get it dear

  • Cynthia, December 29, 2022 @ 10:36 pm Reply

    Go Ibee!!!💃🏻

  • Bola, December 29, 2022 @ 10:37 pm Reply

    You deserve this girl

  • Steven, December 29, 2022 @ 10:38 pm Reply

    A very nice piece

  • Muhammed, December 29, 2022 @ 10:39 pm Reply

    A Queen

  • Justin Chukwuma, December 29, 2022 @ 10:40 pm Reply

    Great job

  • John N, December 29, 2022 @ 10:42 pm Reply

    You’ll do great IB

  • Philemon, December 29, 2022 @ 10:44 pm Reply

    Always repping

  • Martins Nedu, December 29, 2022 @ 10:46 pm Reply

    Go get it dear

  • Olabode, December 29, 2022 @ 10:47 pm Reply

    Well done dear IB

  • Ella, December 29, 2022 @ 10:49 pm Reply

    Keep going for greater things❤️

  • Kelechi, December 29, 2022 @ 10:50 pm Reply

    Our #fondcup queen

  • Christian, December 29, 2022 @ 10:51 pm Reply

    An amazing personality

  • Chioma, December 29, 2022 @ 10:53 pm Reply

    Go girl, we gay you ❤️

  • Ime, December 29, 2022 @ 10:54 pm Reply

    Indeed a true Queen

  • Valentine, December 29, 2022 @ 10:55 pm Reply

    Yes….our winner

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