INSPITE of the resignation of Margaret Dery, Miss Ghana 2017, two days ago(Tuesday, July 31) and prior accusations from some former beauty queens, organisers of the annual beauty pageant, Exclusive Events Ghana have launched Miss Ghana 2018.
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At the launch held at Kempinski Hotel, Accra, on Thursday, August 2, the organisers who seemed unfazed by the recent happenings revealed an additional concept of Ghanaians living in the Diaspora being eligible to participate in Miss Ghana 2018.
Speaking at the launch, Miss Inna Maryam Patty, CEO of Exclusive Events Ghana and Chairwoman of Miss Ghana Foundation said the exciting innovative twist to this year’s event is the concept of welcoming Ghanaians living in the Diaspora to compete in Miss Ghana 2018.
“We shall begin with seven countries this year. These young ladies shall be given the singular honour of contributing to the various socio-cultural and economic interventions that Miss Ghana Foundation promotes. They will also get the opportunity to assimulate Ghanaian culture and heritage globally,” she said.
Miss Patty used the opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate President Akufo-Addo and the First Lady Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Arts and Culture and all other government agencies for their unwavering support especially during Miss Ghana 60 Years On events and projects last year.
According to Miss Patty, every year, Miss Ghana Foundation strives to resolve some societal challenges such as regular and voluntary blood donation through Blood Drives, Feminine Hygyiene Sensitazation, UNAIDS Protect the Goal Campaign, Education, Women’s and Children’s Health Issues among others.
“This year, a project started in 2012 by the then Northern Regional Queens—Josephine Aryitey and Rufina Boateng and later assisted by the subsequent title holders Naa Okailey Shooter, Nadia Ntanu, Afua Asieduwaa Akrofi and others in the alleged Witches Camp of Nabuli-Gushegu has been completed,” she said.
“Special thanks to our sucessful queens Naa Okailey Shooter, Nadia Ntanu, Afua Asieduwaa Akrofi and the amazing benevolence of our sponsors. We are proud to announce to you, our distinguished guests and fellow Ghanaians, the completion of a sustainable, clean and safe water system project.
"Beauty with a purpose goes beyond crown, car and cash, it must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation.”
“Another breakthrough project adopted by the Miss Ghana Foundation is the partnership with FOCOS Orthopedic center in helping raise about $20,000 for a successful treatment of a 14-year-old scoliosis patient who could have been paralyzed for life,” she said.
Miss Patty added that GTV shall once again be home to airing all events pertaining to Miss Ghana 2018.
There were solidarity messages from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and GTV.
The Miss Ghana 2018 launch was graced by traditional rulers, sponsors, celebrities, former Miss Ghana contestants and members of the media.
From left: Mr Ghana, Inna Patty, Inna’s Mum, Josephine Aryitey and Afua Asieduwaa Akrofi both former contestants at the Miss Ghana 2018 launch
From left:Mr Kwadwo Antwi, CEO of the Ghana Toursim Development Company, Dansoman Manye, Mr Johnny Aryeetey of GTV, Nana Wereko Ampem II, Chief of Amanokrom and Inna Patty
Akumaa Mama Zimbi(left) and a friend
Guests at the Miss Ghana 2018 launch
Abeiku Santana (right) and a guest at the launch
Pictures by Jerry Wonder