Anyone who entered the premises of the Oak Plaza Hotel in Accra last Sunday wondered who the “ladies in blue were”; they were more than half of the total number of guests at the event, their cheer, loudest and they were first to hit the dance floor.
It was an event organised by The Mirror and sponsored by Oak Plaza Hotel, Woodin, SIC Insurance Plc, McVities and Ashfoam to celebrate mothers and unveil the Mirror Model Mother 2022. Even before the model mother was announced, the Royal Ladies Ministries International, a women group founded by Rev. Mrs Rita Korankye-Ankrah, had taken over the place.
Members of the group, most clad in their ceremonial outfits were there to represent and support Rev. Mrs Korankye-Ankrah, the Mirror Model Mother for 2022.
The "formation dance" by the Royal Ladies Ministries International
She takes over from the first Model mother was Rev. Dr Davina Markwei who was unveiled 2019.
The Editor of The Mirror, Ms Doreen Hammond, explained that the physical events had to be put on hold when COVID-19 struck.
Till May next year, Rev. Mrs Korankye-Ankrah, supported by The Mirror, will lead a number of social intervention and mentorship programmes for women
Ms Hammond explained that the target audience of The Mirror is the family with women as the focus.
“Naturally, the focus of the brand is women and for that matter mothers, because they play a very critical role in the sustenance of life and the family. Mothers and mother figures deserve appreciation for the invaluable role they have been playing in society, especially in the lives of children,” she noted.
While eulogising mothers for their immeasurable contributions to their children, family and society, she lamented how some mothers and mother figures have acted in ways that have proved detrimental to their children and therefore society.
She cited various instances where mothers had abandoned their children and neglected their duties, adding that such mothers were not the type being celebrated.
Mother’s Day shindig
The Mirror team together with sponsors promised good food, good music, giveaways and lots of fun at the Mother’s Day Buffet Lunch and that was exactly what guests experienced.
At the entrance of the event venue, mothers and their families had a photo shoot on the red carpet before choosing a welcome drink from the local bar.
Long before the event started, the Jamming Crew Band serenaded guests with renditions of some popular “numbers”.
The guests couldn't help but sing along with the Jamming Crew Band
There were waiters on call who served starters, choice of drink and water to guests.
The buffet was made of local and continental dishes with a variety of accompaniments. With two buffet stations, guests did not have to stand in long queues waiting for their turn.
There was also a lucky-dip sponsored by Ashfoam and Oak Plaza Hotel. Some lucky guests won between 200 and 500 shopping vouchers and lunch vouchers.
One of the highlights of the event was when Master Keyboardist and Classical Performer, Alfred Patrick Addaquay, took the stage.
Lunch had been served and most mouths were busy but he was able to get some people sing and cheer along.
Members of the Royal Ladies Ministries International took to the dance floor in “formation dance” style and it had to take the intervention of the MC for the day, Mamavi Owusu-Aboagye, a radio & television presenter at the Multimedia Group, to get them to resume their seats.
The Mirror Mother’s Day Buffet lunch was climaxed with a cake cutting by the family of the Rev. Mrs Korankye-Ankrah and some staff members of the Graphic Communications Group Limited.
Profile of Model Mother
Rev. Mrs Korankye-Ankrah is an alumnus of St. Mary’s Secondary School, Accra, Ghana, of the class of 1981.
She holds Diplomas in Business Studies, Counselling & Psychology, and Entrepreneurial Studies. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Entrepreneurship and Management from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and a Master’s Degree in Governance and Leadership from the same institution; winning the best student award in 2006.
Lydia (left) sister of Rev. Mrs Korankye-Ankrah and Mr and Mrs Owusu, parents of Rev. Mrs Korankye-Ankrah
After 10 years of working with the Bank for Housing and Construction; she joined her husband, the Apostle General, Most Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah, in 1998, as a full-time minister of the gospel at Royal house Chapel International (RCI); a church they founded together in 1992.
They oversee this multi-racial, multi-national, non-denominational international charitable ministry with over 200 branches and affiliate churches in Ghana, USA and Europe.
In her capacity as Director of Social and Practical Ministry of RCI, she oversees various ministry departments and projects, including the Men, Women, Young Adults, Teens and Children’s Ministries; Family Life Ministry, School of Restoration and all the humanitarian projects of RCI. Her support for ex-convicts is well noted as she helps some of them reintegrate into society by providing for and counselling them.
Mama Rita, as she’s affectionately called, founded the Royal Ladies Ministries International in 1994, now with ministry branches and affiliates all over the world, Ghana, UK and USA.
Family of Rev. Mrs. Korankye-Ankrah and staff of Graphic Communications Group Limites, cutting the cake
She is a career guidance adviser, marriage counsellor, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and revivalist with a prophetic ministry. She and her husband are blessed with four children and two grandchildren.