Saturday, September 8, 2007
́We can also boast of beauty and talent΄
· Ghanaians in Amsterdam hail new beauty queen
Miss Pearl Boadu, 20, a resident of the Southeast District of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has been crowned the new Ghana homecoming beauty queen for 2007, at the maiden stage of a pageant held on Friday, August 31, this year at he National Theatre in Accra.
Besides her title, `Ghana Homecoming Queen 2007` she also won the Miss Gorgeous, the special prize for elegance.
Miss Sandra Owusu Agyeman, 22, from Amstelveen, also in The Netherlands took home the `Miss Eloquence` title for the best contestant in self-expression.
Miss Jacqueline Boakye Agyemang, the third participant from The Netherlands and current Beauty Queen for the ‘Face of Ghana 2007’ pageant held last June 30, this year in Amsterdam, did not go home with any laurels but could be credited for being the harbinger for the two.
The Ghana homecoming beauty pageant was organized by a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Ghana, known as ‘Baskets and Beyond’ with the support of three Ministries viz; Women & Children Affairs, Chieftaincy and Culture, and Tourism & Diasporan Relations.
The cream of beauties numbering 11, were drawn from winners of contests held in the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands, Representatives from South Africa and United States could, however, not make it to the contest.
Forming part of a year-long activities to mark the proverbial ‘Ghana@50’ celebrations, the pageant was on theme: ‘The Ghanaian Child After 50 years’, which couldn’t have been anything more appropriate.
In Amsterdam, the news was received with surprise, given the fact that many Ghanaians feel nothing good could come form Western European, especially from the Netherlands. “These girls have proven that we also have talents” said a caller during a live radio programme interview with Ghana on Akasanoma Radio in Amsterdam.
“It’s not only in Canada, the US and the UK that Ghana has worthy ‘ambassadors’”. This is ostensibly to say that there are respectable Ghanaians in The Netherlands just as in other Ghanaian communities anywhere.
But there was more to have opened the floodgates for all the accolades when Miss Audrey Afari, also from the Netherlands, led a group of choreographers to do the opening dance for the pageant to the admiration of the audience.
The trip of Ghana was led by Messrs. Joe Lamptey and P.K. Donkor, the brains behind the ‘Face of Ghana’ beauty contest in The Netherlands, The Homecoming Pageant itself was emceed by the grandmaster of ceremonies Kwasi Kyei-Darkwah.
Credit: Radio Akasanoma
- The Netherlands
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