The 19th edition of Miss Malaika Ghana, came off on Saturday 30th October at the Grand Arena in Accra as Miss Maliaka Ghana 2020 winner Jasmine Djane, crowned her successor, 19 year old Ama Tutuwaa Osei Akoto of Clark University, as the new Miss Malaika Ghana; after series of competitive rounds in front of a live audience. Ama said that she was so excited to be the overall Winner and couldn’t wait to begin he official project as part of her reign.
When asked how she felt about what it meant to win the crown, she said, “I feel immensely proud of my performance throughout the pageant and most specifically during the finale. Although I was the youngest in the house I never let that slow me down or affect my efforts and this is evident in the fact that every time I mentioned my age, everyone from the girls to the organizers, would be surprised all over again. I feel ecstatic about what the future holds for me during and after my reign as queen and I can’t wait to launch my project which I believe is going to be transformational”.
The newly crowned Queen Ama Tutuwaa Osei Akoto, impressed the Judges and the audience with her speech and presentations which centered on a clarion call on the youth to take up entrepreneurship and harness their talents; instead of waiting on the Government for employment.She received some commendations for her choice of topic and relevance to current times from the judges. “It was a bold speech, taking on the subject of unemployment and pushing the agenda of entrepreneurship, but mindful of the fact that we call can’t be entrepreneurs”, said Kafui Dogbatse, one of the four judges of the event.
Ama, despite being the youngest, beat 9 other delegates with other social issues such as battling depression, Spousal abuse etc.
Other winners were Asia Musah won ‘First Runner Up’ and followed by Bintou Keita who won ‘Second Runner Up’. Miss Congeniality went to Winifred Bambil, she received GHC 2,000 from Lux, and ‘Miss Talent’ was won by Abena Danquah Okai and who also received GHC 3,000 from Lux.
Aside the coveted Crown, Ama also won a Kia Forte Saloon car, Ghc10, 000, a trip to Dubai, 1 year supply of GTP, 1 Closeup freshness pack amongst other packages from sponsors.
This year’s event had a different set up from the usual for the first time, as family and friends of the delegates were given tables which made it very comfortable for them.
There were musical performances from some of Ghana’s new school artistes, Mr Drew, Adina, Abiana and Sefa. The event was hosted by Regina Van Helvet and Elikem Kumodzi.
Miss Malaika Ghana is a Charterhouse Production proudly sponsored by Nivea, Frytol, GTP, Kenya Airways, Malta Guinness, Tomreik Hotel, Lux, GHOne, Royal Senchi and Closeup. With support from Aspire Destinations, Lucozade and Verna water.
By Jerry Wonder