Photos: Who is Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola? Introducing the World Muslimah 2013
By Toyin Owoseje | Sep 19, 2013 10:24 PM EDT
Nigeria university student Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola has been crowned the winner of Muslimah World 2013, an all-Muslim beauty pageant.
The 21-year-old, who is a native of the Yoruba tribe, beat 19 other hopefuls, after wowing the judges with her knowledge on the Koran and her refreshing philosophy on Islam in the modern world.
When her name was announced as the winner at the Jakarta pageant, she dropped to her knees and thanked "almighty Allah" before reciting a Koranic verse. Her prizes included 25 million rupiah (£1,375) and trips to Mecca and India.
"The event was not really about competition," she told AFP. "We're just trying to show the world that Islam is beautiful."
Organisers said that the pageant challenged the idea of beauty and strengthened self-development in Muslim women.
All contestants were required to wear a headscarf (hijab).
But who is Obabiyi Aisha Ajibola?
IBtimes UK gets to know the 2013 Muslimah Queen a little better...
Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola of Nigeria was crowned World Muslimah 2013.Source: Reuters Date:09/19/2013
Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola wowed the judges with her knowledge on Islam.Source: Reuters Date:09/19/2013
The 21-year-old is an urban and regional planning student at the University of Lagos.Source: Reuters Date:09/19/2013
'We’re just trying to show the world that Islam is beautiful. We are free and the hijab (Muslim headscarf) is our pride,' said Ajibola.Source: Reuters Date:09/19/2013
She has three sisters and one brother.Source: Reuters Date:09/19/2013
In her spare time she designs her own jewellery and other fashion accessories.Source: Reuters Date:09/19/2013