Who Is Agbani Darego? Bio, Age, Height, Net Worth, Husband, State Of Origin, Pictures, Wikipedia, Children

Who Is Agbani Darego? Bio, Age, Height, Net Worth, Husband, State Of Origin, Pictures, Wikipedia, Children

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The beautiful Chief Agbani Darego (born 22 December 1982) is a Nigerian beauty queen and model who gained prominence after being crowned Miss World in 2001.

That in turn made her become the first indigenous African to win Miss World’s title.

The award-winning beauty has set and broken several national and international records at different pageantry she participated in.

Agbani Darego
Agbani Darego: History, Bio, Photo
Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Agbani Darego
Stage Name: Chief Agbani Darego
Born: 22 December 1982 (age 40 years old)
Place of Birth: Lagos, Nigeria
State Of Origin: Rivers State
Nationality: Nigerian
Parents: Inaewo Darego, Asenite Sikibo Darego
Height: 1.82 m
Siblings: Nengi Darego
Children: 2
Boyfriend • Husband: Ishaya Danjuma (m. 2017)
Occupation: Model • Tv Personality
Net Worth: $3.7 million

Early Life

Agbani Darego was born to a family of ten in the ancient city of Lagos. She is the sixth child of eight children.

Her mother’s name is Inaewo Darego, an entrepreneur with a rice trading business and clothing boutique.

Unfortunately, she passed away when Agbani was only ten years old from complications caused by the dreaded breast cancer.

Agbani Darego revealed that her mother’s death had a devastating effect on her family and, in the long run, prepared her to face tough challenges in life.

She lived in Lagos for two years before her family relocated to Port-Harcourt in Rivers State, South-south Nigeria, in a small town called D-Line.


Agbani Darego did her primary school education in Bereton Montessori Nursery and Primary School located in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.

At ten, she was transferred to a boarding school to keep her away from her sick mother, who suffered from complications of breast cancer.

She completed her secondary school education at the Federal Government Girls Secondary School located in Abuloma, Rivers State.

For her tertiary education, she attended the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where she studied computer science and mathematics courses.

In 2012, she graduated with a degree in Psychology from New York University.


Pageantry Career

Agbani Darego reached a high point in her career as a beauty queen when she won the crown for the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, the year 2001.

And a few months later, she represented her beloved country Nigeria at the Miss Universe. Again, she made it to the top ten of the competition and became the first Nigerian to do so, in a competition where she finished seventh.

In the Swimsuit competition at Miss Universe, she was the only top ten contestants to wear a modest maillot instead of the standard revealing bikini everyone wore.

In the winter of November 2001, Agbani Darego created a record becoming the first indigenous African to win the Miss World title.

The victory was not hers alone but was celebrated throughout Africa, especially Nigeria’s country of origin. Throughout her tenure year, she also won the right to tour the world, scheduling appearances courtesy of the pageant, including the MFR.

Agbani Darego has appeared in the panel of judges in numerous pageant, fashion, and modeling competitions. She’s also judged in Miss England 2002, Mr. Scotland 2002, Elite Model Look Nigeria 2012, and 2014 including the Miss World 2014.

Modeling career

The pride of Nigeria, Agbani Darego started her modeling career as a teenager when without her father’s consent auditioned for the M-Net Face of Africa modeling competition, where she failed to make it to the final.

She didn’t let the loss weigh her down, and after a few years, she was contracted to feature in boutique chain collectibles.

After achieving an incredible feat at Miss Universe, she was invited by Naomi Campbell to participate in a charity fashion show termed Frock ‘n’ Roll in the city of Barcelona. Soon she secured her first foreign modeling deal with Donald Trump Model Management in America.

Becoming Miss World was a big deal. It enabled her secured another major contract with L’Orèal, the London and Paris branches of Next Model Management. She signed a three-year deal with the company becoming the second black model to achieve this feat after Venessa Williams.

Agbani Darego was also privileged to be photographed by Annie Leibovitz, who is a celebrity photographer in American portrait; please share for Vogue.

Although her career, she has modeled for numerous brands, some of which include: Christain Dior, Avon, Sephora, Macy’s, and Target.

Others include Marie Claire, Allure, Elle, Stitch, Trace, and even Essense Magazines.

Agbani Darego has worked with several top designers worldwide, such as; Oscar de, La Renta, Gianfranco Ferre, Tammy Hilfiger, Marc Bouwer, and Ralph Lauren.

In Nigeria, Agbani has featured for top advertising organization called Gentle Touch, together with model Oluchi. She also appeared as the face of the famous airline company Arik Air.

She has appeared on the cover pages of indigenous magazines such as Complete Fashion, ThisDay Style, Mania, True Love, Genevieve, and TW Magazine.

Social Media

Agbani Darego‘s accomplishment has granted her a considerable fan base, which follows her on her social media platforms.

As a beauty queen, she keeps her followers glued to their phones with beautiful pictures of her in ceremonies and functions.
Agbani’s official handles are;

  • Instagram: @AD_AgbaniDarego
  • Facebook: Agbani Darego
  • Instagram: @agbanidarego
  • Website: adbyagbanidarego.com

Personal Life

Agbani Darego is a beauty to behold. Her hair is black and her eyes brown. She is 6 feet tall (1.82 m) and weighs 62 Kg.

Agbani Darego is a happily married woman. She got married to her longtime lover, Ishaya Danjuma, who is the son of a billionaire known as General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma. They got married in a luxurious wedding held on 8 April 2017 in the city of Marrakech, Morocco.

The union is blessed with two children so far. The first, a boy who was born in September 2018, then another child in December 2020.

Agbani Darego was awarded a chieftaincy title in the aftermath of her glorious victory in 2001 by the Council of Chiefs in Lagos State, becoming one of the youngest chiefs in Nigeria.

Net Worth

Agbani Darego‘s influence and achievement have made her one of the most paid models in Africa. She is also known to be one of the wealthiest and most influential supermodels in Nigeria.

She’s had endorsement, ambassadorial, and adverts deal with different companies and organizations globally, giving Agbani Darego the right and ability to attain an estimated net worth of $3.7 million.

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