Gerry Partington crowned Miss Malaika 2011 amidst controversies
Posted on: 2011-Nov-07        Joy fm
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Twenty-two-year-old Gerry Partington, an undergraduate of the University of Ghana was, in the wee hours of Sunday, crowned winner of this year’s Miss Malaika beauty pageant held at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Gerry ‘controversially’ beat nine others, Adwoa Ofori Afriyie, Mikafui Doe, Alexandra Ayirebi-Acquah, Magdalene Ankrah, Deborah ‘Smallie’ Melissa Lomotey, Emmanuella Esinam Awunyo, Nana Konadu Agyeman Gyimah, Priscilla Opoku Agyeman and Daisy Nana Adwoa Aryiwah-Fofie, to win the coveted crown after a night of fierce competition.

It was Nigerian’s Dr Sid who got the show on the road. Together with the ten finalist, he dished out his smash hit, Something About You, which the girls in turns, using their body gyrations, especially their waist, did justice to.

That introduction set the tone for what the night had to offer. Ama Nettey, Miss Malaika 2010 gave an account of what looked like a fruitful reign as Miss Malaika.

She was followed by Emmanuel, winner of the 2011 Stars of the Future reality show who gave off a splendid performance. That performance received thunderous applauds from the almost full-to-capacity Conference Centre.

After that thrilling performance, the real quest to crown a Miss Malaika - the ninth edition - begun. Their intelligence was put to the test.

They were each asked to deliver a message on any issue of their choice. They took turns to touch the nerves and pulse of several societal issues including Women Empowerment, Mental Health and Autism. That segment was followed by talent performances by the delegates.

Then Dr. Sid took the stage again, this time performing another of his hits, Pop Champagne. Of course he could not come to Ghana and not try his hands on the popular azonto dance. The dance is like a flu and he was definitely infected by it!

Soon, it was now time to trim the number of delegates to five. Before that was done, Magdalene and Emma (Emmanuella) were awarded Miss Congeniality and Best Talent respectively. Gerry, Daisy, Smallie, Emma and Alex made the top five.

The top five had to endure the usual question and answer segment. They had to answer the question; “Who in your opinion is doing a more important job; a house wife or career woman?” It was interesting how the five delegates handled the question but in all, it was Alex who stood out – she excelled with sheer dexterity and aptness – she was, at this point, winning the hearts of the many at the venue.

After that Q&A, the results were tabulated. Smallie was declared the second runner-up. Her fate had been sealed, but it was the ultimate winner which was now between Gerry and Alex that changed the complexion of the competition – they had equal marks.

According to the organisers, this was the first time, since the reality show’s inception some nine years ago that a tie has being recorded. That deadlock had to be broken and it was once again done through a question and answer session.

The two were asked “Define three qualities a woman of the millennium should have?” Once again, it was Alex who pulled the magic wand. She was just smart and on point – such an articulate beauty! She got the crowd chanting her name – her intelligence had grabbed their full attention.

Gerry on the other hand fumbled in her attempt to answer the question, her response was not at par – she fell short of the required answer prompting Chris Attoh, one of the MCs of the night to ask, “is that all you have to say, or you would like to add [something] to that.”

At that point, the crowd’s response was obvious – the chant for Alex had reached crescendo, especially when it had been declared that that Q&A would determine the winner among the two.

However, after three - out of the five - judges for night: rapper D-Black, Kay Bentsi Enchill and Anne Sakyi had voted for Alex, things took a dramatic turn.

Gerry was declared winner.

The crowd was stunned, dotted with countless dejected faces who couldn’t believe what they heard. Many shouted, “This is pure rigging,” meaning they felt the verdict was not fair.

But Juno Abena Turkson, Public Relations Officer for Charter House, event organisers, who spoke to after the event, thinks otherwise. According to her, she was satisfied with the outcome and was impressed with the girls, adding Gerry deserves the crown.

Responding to reactions that the results were rigged, Juno said “we will not make a fool of ourselves,” by deciding to manipulate the results to choose a winner. “We have nothing to gain or lose should we decide to crown Alex or Gerry as a winner,” emphasizing that, “we are not related to any of them.”

She explained further that, on the night, the girls were equally matched and that “Miss Malaika represents intelligence and the looks … and the judges chose the right delegate, Gerry.” Juno said had the judges selected Alex, some Gerry fans would have also cried foul.

For Gerry’s prize, she won the crown, the bragging rights as Miss Malaika 2011, a Kia Rio saloon car, GHS6,000, a job as the Malaria Ambassador for a year, a sponsored trip to Namibia as well as hampers from sponsors.

There were also exciting performances from Stay Jay, the azonto king, Sarkodie and R2Bess.