Nicola Is Miss Ghana UK 2008
 
Posted on: 2008-Oct-19        showbiz
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A 24 -year-old model and personal fitness trainer, Nicola Maame Efua
Sackey, has won this year’s Miss Ghana UK beauty pageant held last
month at the Troxy Theatre in East London.

Nicola, a Sports Science graduate from Roehampton University in Surrey, hails from Elmina and beat 15 other contestants to win the crown.

The first and second runner-up positions were respectively taken by Rose Concencion Mensah, an 18-year-old Drama student and Cherelle Quartey-Cofie, 21, an Accounting and Finance student.

The Miss Ghana UK pageant, organised by the Miss Ghana UK Organisation (MGUK Org) has been been held over the last 15 years.
 
It aims, among other things, at building confidence in young Ghanaian women based in the United Kingdom and encouraging them to learn about and stay in touch with their roots.

This year’s event which drew a large audience including Ghanaians resident in and around London, was a fiercely contested affair.
 
The contestants looked gorgeous during the traditional wear segment and the talent section gave them ample opportunities to show their brilliance.

Most of the contestants are fresh graduates or still in the university offering courses in areas such as pharmacy, broadcast journalism, accounting, nursing, sociology, economics and film production.
 
They were required to have fair knowledge of Ghanaian history, as well as an appreciable grasp of other aspects of the nation’s life such as health, tourism, education, entertainment and politics.

The night was not just for serious talk and expositions.
 
There was fun from the traditional songs and contemporary stuff offered by UK-based Ghanaian artistes: Shanti, SWAY, Strider, Darren B, J Bryne and Chipmonk.

Nicola’s prizes for winning the contest include two return tickets to Ghana, a modelling contract, souvenirs from StepApp - footballer Stephen Appiah’s clothing line, African fabric from Rontex and jewellery from GPUK.

The model and personal fitness trainer stated that it is her ambition to open health and fitness clubs and also get a sports foundation off the ground in Ghana in the near future.
 
According to her, she would love to meet boxing legend Barima Azumah Nelson who recently launched a similar foundation, to tap inspiration and share some ideas.

This year’s event was the second time that the Troxy Theatre had hosted the Miss Ghana UK finals.
 
Patrick McCarthy, publisher of Oh! Yes magazine, one of the event’s sponsors, told Showbiz in a telephone interview that the pageant has become one of the events many Ghanaians in the UK look forward to every year and that he was highly impressed with this year’s organisation and attendance.

“It was an extremely lively atmosphere that triggered a great show of patriotism from the contestants and the audience as well.
 
Everything on the night was a big improvement over last year’s showing and I hope the contest will continue to grow in the coming years.”

Among those present at the Troxy Theatre to see the Miss Ghana UK 2008 final was film actress Nadia Buari and footballer John Painstil who plays for the Black Stars and Fulham FC in England.

Nicola’s parents, Atta and Daisy Sackey are in Accra. They told Showbiz they closely monitored the final event from people present there and knew of their daughter’s success a few minutes after the show.

“We were overjoyed about the outcome and cannot wait to see Nicola here in December,” Atta Sackey said with excitement.