By Peterking Quaye – 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 entertained and impressed the judges and the crowed alike during the four 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 5,000 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 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.
In an interview with Shout-Africa.com the elated winner, she said , l am very happy and l hope to use my position to put smiles on the face of children and above foucs on other society issue soon she added.
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 out of the nation’s foremost beauty pageant.
Eight ladies made it to 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 , to face veteran radio host Kwame Sefa Kayi’s simple but thorny question on the role of a woman in the twenty first Century.
The filled to capacity Accra International Conference ,came alive when the show started amidst ,crow cheering for their contestant and favorite artiste and one of Ghana’s finest on stage. At this point it was obvious that some of the ladies were too tensed and allowed the crowed to get into their emotions.
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.
Multiple awards winner and hitmaker, francophone extra ordinaire Freddie Meiwey, storm the crow with his dexterous francophone lyrics and sent them moving and shaking .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 an 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 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.
Six feet Esther Gadagbui took home a forty two flat screen TV, a double door fridge, a GHC1000 prize money and assorted items from sponsors as second runner up .
Performances from Sarkodie sending the MCs for the night Kwame Sefa Kayi asking for more after Ghana’s fastest rapper exited the stage at the peak of the excitement. Nii of project fame , Ezzy .The after party was held at Citizen Kofi, one of Ghana’s finest entertainment joints.