The Miss Wheelchair Nigeria competition, which is to be held for the first time this year, is designed to give a much-needed boost to the image of Nigerians with disabilities. The competition is open to wheelchair-bound women aged between 18 and 50, who will compete in state-level contests between May and October. The state representatives will then go on to take part in the national final in November.

The competition is the brainchild of the chief executive officer of Mobility Aid and Appliances Research and Development Centre, Cosmas Okoli, a keen sportsman who lost the use of his legs to polio when he was four. Modelled on a similar initiative in the United States, the contest is based on participants

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