AFRICAN BEAUTY PAGEANT
By Kevin Onuma
InformAfrica – The Miss Ghana 2012 Finals is set for Accra International Conference Center come Saturday November 10th 2012. Miss Ghana beauty contest is Ghana’s most prestigious, respected and internationally-recognized beauty pageant to come out of Africa.
Abena Appiah: Incredibly intelligent, cosmopolitan 19 year old Abena can be described as a real beauty gladiator. Her skin is dark as the night sky and with natural hair. Believes “strivers achieve what dreams believe”. Abena who is many things, likes to dance, play the guitar, and strut her stuff on the runway. Coincidentally, Abena bears the same surname as top Nollywood Ghanaian actress, Jackie Appiah.
Afriyie Ofori: Petite, picture perfect face and larger than life. Afriyie describes her life as an Orchestra. She is very coordinated and beautifully lived. The 20 year old and representing the Capital of Ghana enjoys draping clothes and wants to be a distinguish fashion designer in future.
Alluring Ayesha: 23-yr-old Ayesha is a graduate of Kumasi Polytechnic with enviable honors in Fashion design and textiles. The beautiful model believes in living the moment, and jealously making good use of every opportunity that comes her way.
Billy Sung La Bou: Born 22 years ago and a graduate of the University of Development Studies representing the upper west region, Billy Sung La Bou hopes to turn the fortunes of indigenes of Chereh her native hometown in lucrative enterprise like soap and Shea butter making. She is an epitome of positiveness and love for life.
Nana Foriwaa Oppong: Born with a double spoon in her mouth, which are silver and wooden, to signify the changing phases in life, Nana Foriwaa Oppong became an inspiration to her dotting bearers by giving voice to the powerless, disadvantaged black minority in Tottenham North London. The ever stunning Nana Foriwaa fully representing the coastal belt of Central Region believes “it better to be hated for who you are than be loved for what you not”. If crowned Miss Ghana 2012, she hopes to affect the life of the downtrodden positively with her position. Nana enjoys role playing and therapeutic exercise like swimming.
Georgette Adeyiga: Georgette is a 20 year old polyglot who aspires to be a diplomat is infectiously confidence she will win Misss Ghana 2012. Generous, gifted Georgette Adeyiga sends greetings from the Bolga. To be in tune with the world, she likes to read and surf the net at all times.
Gifty: 20 year old Gifty is gifted, generous and a Medical Doctor in training. With an insatiable desire to change the fortunes of the downtrodden, she believes the Miss Ghana Platform will be appropriate to galvanize support. Gifty loves to read and cook mouth-watering delicacies in her past time.
Jennifer Annan: 22 year old Jenniefer is a University of Development Studies undergrad who has the dexterity of an underdog, whom you never see coming, she believes her participation in the context will create an opportunity to show the world what she can offer. Jennifer loves to read and belt out soulful songs. “It one thing to know the path, and another to know the path you are walking “says Ms Jennifer Annan.
Joana Ahiwordor: 24 year old political science undergrad, Joana Ahiwordor, is on a courageous mission to encourage more women participation in politics – in a bid to fight gender discrimination. Joana who loves to swim and enjoys acting believes the crown is hers. She is described by her generation as the replica of Margaret Thatcher.
Josephine: A freshman at University of Ghana, Josephine is congenial in every sense of the word. Sometimes Philosophical , she believes, if life presents you with lemons you just don’t make lemonade but add a splash of a sweetener to get some of both worlds.
Carranza Naa Okaikey Shooter: 22 year old medical student, Carranza Naa Okaikey is a tactician who aims; at her target and shoot to meaningfully cause a change. Naa Okailey representing the Greater Accra Region is on a mission to demystify the face of child healthcare in Ghana and the world at large. If crowned Miss Ghana, she will use her status to minimize maternal mortality, improved healthcare facility for children and curb pre- teen pregnancy a phenomenon prevalent in her native region Accra, bukom, James Town et al. Naa loves to read books about children .
Nadia Ntanu: 23 year old svelte graduate of Pentecost University, Nadia Ntanu says her proudest achievement is winning a slot to contest in the grand finals. Her heart glows more than the light bulb and she believes “hardship often prepares an ordinary person for extraordinary life”. Nadia loves to read investigative fiction and cites the Chocolate Idriss ELBA as her role model in movies.
Ohema Nsuaa Agyeman Badu: 18 year old Ohema is a sure beauty queen. She believes every generation is remembered for it super achievers, treulblazers and authoritative leaders, that capture the spirit of the moment. Her forename meaning a queen in the Akan parlance wants to be remembered as the youngest lady to win Miss Ghana in the history of pageantry. She enjoys reading, acting and dancing in her pastime.
Precious Bonsu: An avid lover of books and social work, 21 year old Precious Bonsu is from the cultural heartbeat of Ghana Kumasi. She says “life is how you make it”. Precious loves Luther Vandross “So amazing” and says the she is on the verge of giving the likes of Celine Dion a run for her money.
Roseline Okoro: With a firm commitment to promote and encourage entrepreneurship by engaging the less fortunate, 23 year old Roseline Okoro is every inch of beauty with a big heart. A graduate of K.N.U.ST, Roseline radiates gorgeousness, exquisite style, and to borrow another style icon, Kimora Lee Simmons, she typifies fabulosity with an unquenchable fire to succeed.
RUFINA: The ever smiling Rufina is cock-sure to be crowned Miss Ghana 2012. Hear her say, “am intelligent, beautiful, and have a heart of Gold”. This intriguing recipe with a commanding personality and a captivating voice is what the world needs to cause a change. Rufina loves to read and sing at her pastime.
Sabina Aryee: 23 year old Sabina Sabina believes one can be anything in life if you believe and work towards your goal. To that effect, she always said to herself “I will one day become miss world and change lives tremendously”. She confidently believes she is on the threshold of winning miss world, since Miss Ghana will be a prelim to miss world. Sabina Aryee is representing the region endowed with natural resources which is the East of Ghana. The Eastern region of Ghana loves to surf the net for information and cooking continental cuisine.
Stephanie Appiah: Stunning, Sleek, Stop and Stare STEPHANIE is 21 years old and represents the Brong Ahafo. She has an overwhelming passion for children – inspired by their education. To this end, Stephanie hopes to be crowned Miss Ghana 2012 so she can effectively use her status to educate every child of school going age. She loves to cook traditional dishes and her favorite is fufu with grasscutter soup. Coincidentally, she also bears the same last name as top Nollywood Ghanaian actress, Jackie Appiah.
As several news media websites continue to buzz the Miss Ghana 2012 beauty contest, expectations are high, most especially among large Ghanaian fan base both on the continent and in diaspora; some of who have been yearning for a day to see the final 18 contestants live on stage and the anxiety among the finalists themselves keep building up as they gear up to battle with beauty and intelligence for the ultimate crown.
Award-winning Nigerian singer Asa, the adorable Efya, Sherifa Gunu, Gyedu Blay Ambolley and a couple of other top musicians are expected to perform at the event. The show will be hosted by two of Ghana’s finest live show hosts, Kwesi Kyei Darkwah (KKD) and Anita Erskine. Miss Ghana 2012 is powered by Exclusive Events Ghana.
The Miss Ghana Beauty Pageant was started by the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1957 as an initiative to offer the “Independent” Ghanaian woman a platform to positively impact society. It is the biggest and oldest national beauty pageant in Ghana with Monica Amekoafia becoming the first-ever Miss Ghana.
Information gathered from the MissGhana history page states that winner of the competition represents the country at the Miss World to compete with beauty queens from the other countries in the world. In 1959, Ghana debuted at Miss World with Star Nyaniba Annan. There have been two candidates (1990 and 1991) who represented Ghana at Miss World, but were not Miss Ghana titleholders. There have been occasions where Ghana was not represented at Miss World even though there was a titleholder. Aside the Miss World, the Pageant is also responsible for sending representatives to Miss ECOWAS. The winner also signs a one-year contract with the pageant organizer to become the spokesperson for their various charities.
Life After Miss Ghana
Beauty pageants is a unique way for African women to positively impact their society while showcasing Africa’s deep heritage and culture beyond borders. It also help expose Africa to more opportunities that would’ve been otherwise – overlooked. InformAfrica team wishes the Miss Ghana 2012 finalists best of luck as they compete to be crowned a beauty queen this 2012 year.
Miss Ghana Official Website (For photos & history)
Naija Bitchin’ (For grouped photos)