She won Miss Tourism Ghana 2014, was runner up in Ghana’s Most Beautiful, was once again a runner up at the 2017 Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International in China and was recently honoured with the ticket to represent Ghana at the ongoing Miss Earth 2018 pageant in the Philippines. And now Belvy Naa Teide Ofori says it is time to show her musical side.
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Before leaving Accra for the Philippines, Naa Belvy, as she wants to be called, released a three-track Extended Play (EP) titled, “No Parking” and thus made history as the first Ghanaian top class reigning beauty queen to launch a professional music career.
“Although I love pageants, I am never able to escape from the power of music. I even sing when I am sleeping, I sing about what inspires me and in my first songs to the world I wanted to talk about love”, she said.
All three songs, “Kiss Me”, “Mi Ke Bo” (Me and You) and “No Parking,” show Naa Belvy’s vocal dexterity, as she sings with unique styles that easily drive home her messages. Naa says that, “women should not always wait for men to ”con" us and "drop" us when they choose”.
This is because the first step to equality is for women to be able to choose their men and tell them how they feel.
“So the song, “Kiss Me” represents a woman inviting her man to love her and kiss her, telling him in a manner that a confident man would tell a woman,” she noted.
On “Mi K3 Bo” (Me and You), Naa Belvy states that she finds her man’s love sweet, so she wants to remind him that she wants to be with him wherever he goes.
And on the third track, “No Parking” she states emphatically that when men start mistreating women, or even before they start showing signs, the women should be bold to tell them because, “We hate no parking!"
Naa Belvy says she loves Afro pop and Afro jazz but listening closely to her three singles, one is in no doubt that she is very versatile and can produce hit songs in various genres when she chooses.
Watching her perform at a few private events, it is quite obvious that her strengths lie in her uniquely powerful voice, strong but classy personality and effortless ability to stage live performances with energy.
She says she takes a lot of inspiration from Beyonce, Erykah Badu, the late Awura Ama Badu and many other Ghanaian artistes.
Naa Belvy is representing Ghana at the on-going 2018 Miss Earth beauty pageant in the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines.
It ends on November 3. The beauty queen-cum-singer, who is a product of Tema Secondary School and the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) asked all Ghanaians to support her to bring home the Miss Earth crown and also patronise her first Extended Play (EP) release, to encourage her to dish out more sweet tracks and albums.
The EP titled “No Parking” was released under the Eko Music label. The title track, “No Parking” featuring Trigmatic and “Mi K3 Bo” (Me and You) were produced by Simple Beats. What appears to be a favourite, “Kiss Me” featuring Wutah Afriyie was produced by Jaywander.
The Miss Earth pageant is an international environmental event that utilises the beauty pageant industry as an effective tool to promote environmental awareness.
Since many people admire and aspire to be beauty queens, Carousel Productions, Inc., the organisers believe that beauty queens would be good and effective advocates of worthy causes that impact positively on the environment.
Candidates and winners are expected to actively promote and get involved in the preservation of the environment and the protection of Mother Earth.