Staphanie wears the 'Crown of Gold' at Miss Ghana '10
Posted on: 2010-Oct-31        Joy fm
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Miss Stephanie Karikari, an eighteen year old indigene of Atwima Nkakom was crowned Miss Ghana 2010 during the wee hours of Sunday after weeks of rigorous mentoring and modeling sessions.

Stephanie who dazzled judges and the crowed alike during the 4 hour programme went home with mouth watering prizes. Apart from a brand new 18 karat gold plated crown, she also took home a Black Hyundai Accent saloon car from Auto Plaza Ltd, a GHC 5000 annual allowance, a ticket to participate in the Miss World Pageant, an educational scholarship from NIIT and an assortment of products from sponsors of Miss Ghana 2010.

Stephanie will also be the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) ambassador for Goldfields Ghana Limited to champion the CSR projects, particularly in Maternal Health and Sanitation campaigns for a year.

Jay Ghartey, the new music sensation in Ghana set the stage for what was destined to be a great event with Kwame Sefa Kayi aka ‘Chairman’ and Deborah Owusu Bonsu in the thick of events.

The ladies introduced the day as Navy Officers undertaking a routine drill to the delight of the crowd who filled every bit of the International Conference Centre in Accra despite fears that various events being held around the capital will take the shine off the nation’s foremost beauty pageant.

The ladies then took turns to display what their ‘mama’ gave then in the swim suit segment. The ‘hot’ twenty girls also showcased some psychedelic catwalks to cheers and applauds. The crowed loved, especially the….

Then came the talent show where the ladies had the arduous task of impressing the judges with their talents. There were pregnant women, vampires, soldiers, Terry Bonchaka’s look alike and even a master drummer. Whiles one delegate decided to break the chains of death to emerge from a coffin, another was busy accusing President Obama of infecting her with HIV. Nobody should inform the White House yet because it was just a shaggy dog story.

At the end the judges decided to reward some ladies for their hard work. Eight ladies were at this point selected for the final stage of the competition. Daisy Asare-Akoto, Nana Yaa Adu Gyamfi, Bernice Bekoe, Selma Baba, Frances Nyamekeh, Stephanie Kakari, Michelle Ayonka and Esther Gadagbui made it through to the final stage to face Kwame Sefa Kayi’s simple but thorny question on the role of a woman in the twenty first Century.

At this point it was obvious that some of the ladies were too tensed and allowed the crowed to get into their emotions. There is nothing anyone can do about the Ghanaian crowd who will taunt you when you slip. You just have to keep going.

After a highly charged performance from the ‘Miss Lolo’ multiple awards hitmaker, Freddie Meiwey, it was time to name the Golden Being who replaces Miss Mimi Areme as Miss Ghana 2010. But before then it is important to point out that Freddie Meiwey did a excellent job in piecing together a fine show that was however becoming dreary.

Kwame Sefa Kayi named Frances Efiba Nyamikeh as the second runner-up who won a thirty two inch flat screen TV, a table top fridge, a home theatre, a GHC 500 prize money and other assorted prizes from sponsors.

Debbie Owusu Bonsu then announced the first runner-up. It was the almost six feet Esther Gadagbui who also took home a forty two flat screen TV, a double door fridge, a GHC1000 prize money and assorted items from sponsors.

There was a massive rush to the stage by most patrons to catch a glimpse of the new queen when Stephanie’s name was declared. She worked hard for the crown and now it is hers.

There were other performances from Sarkodie who got Kwame Sefa Kayi asking for more after the socalled Ghana’s fastest rapper exited the stage at the peak of the excitement. Nii of project fame also did his afro pop genre interspersed with some good poetry. The only lady performance came by way Eazy Baby who worked her ‘wengeser’ magic on the crowd.

The after party was held at Citizen Kofi, one of Ghana’s finest entertainment joints.