“As a mother watching the video broke my heart but I have stopped crying and committed everything to the hands of God who always fights my battle. When I spoke with my daughter, I asked her what led her into such an unholy act despite the fact that I brought her up in a Godly way,” Lady Okeke said in tears.
On whether or not the family supported Chidinma to participate in the pageant, Chidinma's mother recalled:
“Chidimma came home to say she was going to take part in Miss Anambra Pageant and I discouraged her; I told her to use her beauty for God. She went back to school and returned later to say she has been selected among the final contestants.
"I can never support any of my children to take part in any beauty pageant because we are a Christian family and don’t have liking for such things. Chidimma went into the pageant without our knowledge but she is a little girl and we cannot abandon her; she remains my little baby and the baby of the house. When she won, it was her sister that called to tell us. She is my last child and came seven years after my sixth child.”
Speaking further Lady Okeke stated: “Chidimma was simply a pawn in the hands of both the organisers of Miss Anambra and her former manager hence things went awry when she decided to free herself from the bondage.
“The entire controversy affected my daughter because when I went to see her, she had emaciated so much and not looking after herself at all, when I asked her why her hair was so unkempt, she said, ‘Mummy leave that hair alone, that’s not my worry.'
In yet another exclusive interview, Chidinma’s father, Sir Jeremiah Okeke, declined comments on the controversy because he felt the deed had already been done and could not be reversed.
His words partly read, “I have embraced prayers and seeking the face of God and I know in no distant time he will expose the people behind all this. They have rubbished my daughter and my family name but my God will fight my battle, I trust Him and he has never failed me. How can a beauty queen be borrowing money to pay her driver, where is it done?
"Why was the crown taken away from her three to five months before the due date for another queen to emerge? Why was I called and told to declare my daughter missing by the Managing Director of AB? A man does not say all that he has seen…leave that alone, God will expose the truth soon. This MD is neither known to me nor my wife.
"Then he called me to suggest I declare my daughter missing? My response to him on the phone was - you say I should declare my own daughter Chidinma missing? Okay, I have heard you and I dropped the phone.”
Details gathered from Chidinma’s father showed that the dethroned queen was not even paid the full amount of N1million which she won while she was made to share every kobo she made while reigning as a beauty queen until she couldn’t contain it anymore and she was advised to take her complaints to the person currently managing her. It was the tears of a drowning queen that made the current manager to swing into action.
It was alleged that the take-over did not go down well with the former manager who called to query Chidinma on the move describing it as a wrong one to make.