Support the poor! Malaika beauties show how
The 10 finalists of this year’s Miss Malaika beauty pageant sent a clear message during the final event on Saturday to all well-to-do Ghanaians to support the needy, as video clips on their various charity projects showed the poor and sick swimming in a sea of misery.
The charity projects were undertaken by the beauties with support from their God-sisters, Actress Joselyn Dumas, lawyer, Sandra Ankobia and former Miss Malaika, Hamamat Montia.
Some of the scenes in the videos drew tears from some members of the audience as some of the contestants were seen crying after interacting with some inmates of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital and the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Another group also visited the nursery school at Old Fadama (Sodom and Gomorrah).
As part of the competition, the 10 finalists were charged by the organisers, GH0ne TV and Charterhouse, to select and support a needy group. It must be said that the ladies did well to bring out the stories of the poor and marginalised in society. Joselyn Dumas’ group, which visited the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, won the applause of the audience for a good job done.
It was therefore not surprising that 19-year-old graduate of Wesley Girls’ High School, Naa Oyoe Quartey, a member of the group, was crowned Miss Malaika 2013 after a keenly contested finale held at the National Theatre in Accra.
She beat nine other young and intelligent ladies, including Nana Adwoa Twumwaa Baafi and Aisha Kaleem, who came second and third, respectively, to win the coveted crown, a brand new Kia Rio and a-GH¢6,000 prize money.
Naa Oyoe also won the prize for Best Talent as her stand-up comedy sketch sent the audience and judges ‘laughing out loud’ and reeling in their seats.
The show was gingered up with spicy performances by some of Ghana’s leading female acts, Efya, Becca, Raquel and Eazzy.
Judges for the contest were Big Brother-The Chase Namibian housemate, Maria, host of Who Wants to Be Rich?, Kafui Dey, star actor, Van Vicker, designer, Bee Arthur and Theresa Ayoade of Charterhouse.
The show was sponsored by Lux, Rana Motors, Sandra Ice Cream, Lydia Female Contraceptives, Crown Paints, Simbins Furniture, Air Namibia and Kwaku David Photography. Miss Malaika is a GhOne Entertainment TV initiative with support from CharterHouse.
By William A. Asiedu/The Mirror/Ghana/graphic.com/gh
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