Pageant winners finger organizers over delayed prizes
 
Posted on: 2011-Aug-20        Adom fm
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Winners of this year’s Miss Akwambo Beauty Pageant have accused the organizers, Breezy FM of not giving them their prizes weeks after the event.

The pageant was held on August 1, 2011 as part of activities marking the annual Akwambo festival of the chiefs and people of Agona Nyarkrom in the Central region but the winners say the organizers told them they would be decorated with their prizes at a public durbar but they have since not heard anything from the organizers and all efforts to get the prizes have proved futile.

Second Runner Up, Sandra Mensah told Adom News they promised to give the winner a refrigerator and GHS200; first runner up, a television set a GHS100 and she was to get a standing fan and GHS50 for placing third.

Doris Botwe, who was eventually crowned Miss Akwambo 2011 also told Adom News that all six contestants paid GHS20 each to participate, and also provided their own costumes at their own cost.

“We are all students and we had to go hustle for the GHS20 to pay and participate because we had hope of going home with something – my father even picked up a quarrel with me because I paid to participate,” she said.

One of the Judges at the event, Abonzi Baby, a presenter on Breezy FM told Adom News the girls have been pressurizing her about the prizes and she had also been putting pressure on the organizers.

She said one of the organizers told her the chiefs of the area were yet to fulfill a pledge to contribute money for the prizes and so it had become the burden of the main organizers.

Abonzy Baby therefore assured the pageants that in a week they would be settled.

Meanwhile at the time of going to press, one of the organizers told Adom News on phone that they were now holding an emergency meeting to find ways of getting the winners their prizes.