Nigeria’s representative at the just concluded Miss Universe pageant, Maristella Okpala has shared her thoughts after arriving Nigeria from Israel, where the event was held.

Okpala who made history during the prestigious pageant as the contestant with the best National Costume, made comments about her experiences while speaking as a guest on “Silverbird Today,” emphasising ”my her pageant journey stops here.”

Speaking about the unique costume which took a whole lot of hard work to get, the beauty queen revealed that she was shy putting on, stressing that it was also heavy on her but she was happy after winning the award.

On the idea behind the costume, the MBGN Universe queen said her passion for education made her ask a student to design the costume which later became a means of empowerment for the student.

For aspiring contestants of the pageant, Okpala advised them not just come for the crown alone but should be confident and focused; mentally, spiritually, physically, confident and above all, believe in themselves.

Okpala also talked about the importance of exercise, especially as a tool for preparation; emphasizing that the routine of walking out, checking her BMI to make sure she is fit also helped her health.

Please look below for the video.