The Bayelsa State Tourism Development Agency (BSTDA), the body charged with the responsibility of identifying, developing, promoting and marketing the tourism potentials of the state is set to light up the entertainment scene in Yenagoa again.
In a few weeks from now, the Agency in collaboration with Silverbird Productions, the world acclaimed entertainment Outfit, will be organising the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) beauty pageant in the state capital.
It promises to be a night of glitz, glamour and razzmatazz. The Agency headed by Mrs Ebizi Ndiomu-Brown and the Silverbird team are working tirelessly to ensure that the event is not only successful but equally memorable.
Besides the beauty pageant which will be the main Course on the menu of the night the event will also feature spectacular performances by various dance troupes in the State.
We hope to put on display, the rich, vibrant and colourful cultural heritage of our people.
This is the first time the MBGN pageant will be hosted in Bayelsa State hence the need to take advantage of the opportunity to showcase our outstanding and unrivalled Ijaw man’s hospitality and cuisine.
For the two weeks that the contestants will be camped the Agency intends to make their stay here a pleasurable experience.
The Agency, though in its infancy (just nine months old) will be riding on the heels of the success it garnered during the just concluded AMAA awards.
It will be recalled that the BSTDA added tonic to the otherwise drab event by being innovative and creative as it spiced the Awards show with a cultural jamboree which included traditional wrestling, boat regatta among others.
Our visitors were totally carried away by the spectacle presented by the Agency. There is no gain saying that the visitors enjoyed every minute of their stay here. No thanks to the creative ingenuity of Mrs Ebizi Ndiomu Brown, the director general of BSTDA. We are still basking in the euphoria of the success.
As MBGN pageant comes to town, we are expecting quite a large crowd of visitors.
This year’s event will have in attendance, 36 contestants, international beauty queens, entertainment celebrities, some chaperons attached to the queens, musicians, comedians and the production crew. Several dignitaries and tourists from within and outside Nigeria will also grace the occasion.
It is absolutely necessary that we put our best foot forward as we roll out the red carpet to welcome our first time visitors. Quite a number of activities are lined up for the beauty queens and other guests. 
The contestants and the international celebrities including the Miss World 2001, Agbani Darego may be taken round the state on a guided tour of historic and tourism sites so that they will experience our tourism potentials.
Already, the Agency has trained tour guides to professionally handle their movements in the state.
Events such MBGN pageant and several other entertainment shows will go a long way to attract good will and ultimately tourists to the state. The essence of these events are to make Bayelsa State a tourist destination of choice in Africa.
For the two weeks that the contestants and event crew will be in town, the hospitality industry will be agog as hoteliers and entertainment spot owners will be smiling to the bank daily because of the boom in the industry. Transporters will also enjoy brisk business all through the period.
MBGN pageant provides an ideal platform to project the rich and vibrant cultural heritage of the state. It provides a veritable vehicle for promoting our tourism, hospitality and entertainment industries.
Events such as the MBGN beauty pageant and other entertainment shows creates an ideal platform to address the misconceptions outsiders have about the state because of the antecedents of our youths in the resource control agitation of the past. The Ijaw nation was the arrow head of that struggle.
The government may use the occasion of the event to showcase the laudable transformation that is presently going on in the state courtesy of the Restoration Agenda of Governor. H.S. Dickson.
The state equally stand the chance of being perceived as an entertainment haven by  international event managers who hopefully will consider the state as the most appropriate event centre.
The state will be on the spot light as massive publicity blitz will be set in motion three weeks before the event to attract attention to the state and the pageant.
As a body the Agency will be given the opportunity to brand the venue of the pageant with the Bayelsa State flag and emblem.
All the four winners of the contest will have the opportunity to fly the Bayelsa State flag in subsequent international beauty pageants such as Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss Tourism International beauty queen and Miss ECOWAS.
The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria beauty contest was established about 30 years ago by Entertainment Impresario, Ben Murray Bruce.
The event has grown in leaps and bounds over the years and it is now being managed by Competent professionals in every of its departments.
In 2001, the MBGN pageant winner, Miss Agbani Darego of Rivers State emerged the final winner of Miss World, the first time an African will win such a prestigious contest.
We enjoin all Bayelsans to partner with the Agency by ensuring that the contestants and our guests are treated nicely so as to foster a bound of friendship with them. And that will leave a lasting positive impression in their minds.
The Agency needs the cooperation and assistance of every citizen of Bayelsa State as we chart a new course in the drive to develop the tourism potentials of the state.