Shaida Buari: I'm a "sex for sponsorship" victim

By: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
Shaida isn't happy about "sex for sponsorship" from men

MISS Ghana 2002, Shaida Buari Nubi has confessed that she is a victim of sexual harassment.

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Making the disclosure on Angel TV’s Queen Arena on Saturday, June 30, Shaida Buari, the older sister of popular Ghanaian actress, Nadia Buari, said she was a victim of the act when she contested for the Miss Ghana crown in 2002.

Shaida Buari's comments come days after winner of TV3’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful(GMB) Season Six, Nana Ama Agyeiwaa cautioned beauty pageant contestants to ‘shine their eyes’ so they do not fall prey to unscrupulus men who under the pretext of sponsoring their projects end up sleeping with them.

Read Ama's story here: GMB 2010 winner Ama cautions pageant contestants

Due to the unfortunate event of 'sex for sponsorship' the former beauty queen has vowed to work with award winning investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas to expose men who demand sex in return for favours.

She said she never had it easy being a beauty queen since most men who came her way, under the pretext of sponsoring her projects just wanted a piece of her.

 “I came across a lot of men who said if you want to get sponsored, let me sleep with you. The sex-for-favour phenomenon abounds. Till today, it's prevalent even within the oil and gas industry where she currently works,” she said.

The sleek queen who repeatedly professed her religious faith, on the show, indicated that: “It all boils down to morality. Thankfully, I can beat my chest that I never allowed myself to be used by any man. No man had sex with me in the name of Miss Ghana.”

Shaida Buari’s revelation corroborates what in recent times, former beauty queens of the Miss Ghana pageant have disclosed about the disturbing experiences they were allegedly made to go through by organisers.

The beauty queens, Stephanie Karikari, Antoinette Delai Kemavor and Giussepina Baafi complained of assaults, exploits and how they were allegedly pimped out to preying men, in return for sponsorship deals and monies.