The Kano state Hisbah board has stated that the parents of Shatu Garko, the winner of Miss Nigeria 2021, will be invited.


Garko, from Kano state, made history by being the first hijab-wearing candidate to win the title since the pageant began in 1957.

In an interview with BBC Pidgin, Haruna Ibn-Sina, Kano Hisbah board commandant, who revealed plans to invite the new Miss Nigeria’s parents, condemned Garko’s involvement in the beauty pageant as “illegal.”

Participating in beauty pageants is against Islamic teachings, according to Ibn-Sina, and Garko’s actions may encourage other girls to do the same.

He said; 

“We (Hisbah) has confirmed that Shatu Garko is a Muslim from Kano state and her parents come from Garko LGA. Kano is a Sharia state and this is why we will not allow the matter to die like that.

“We will invite the parents to talk to them about the actions of their daughter and the fact that what she did is illegal in Islam. This is to make them know that she cannot continue that path and also stop other girls from copying her.”

Ibn-Sina also backed up his argument with Quranic passages, claiming that such competitions teach girls not to be shy and reserved. The Hisbah Commandant further stated that those who organize such beauty pageants risk God’s vengeance.

“In Islam, it is forbidden for anyone to participate in a beauty contest. A lot of things happen in such contest which is against Islam. For instance, there is usually a lot of people exposing their bodies during the event while such contest teaches girls not to be shy and reserved.”