Chief Executive Officer of Exclusive Events, organizers of the annual pageant, Inna Mariam Patty, together with three other former winners called on the president at the Flagstaff House to expressed their interest in hosting Miss World as Miss Ghana org. celebrate its 60th anniversary.
Speaking at the event, Mr Jinapor who also serves as the Vice Chairperson of the Planning Committee of Ghana@ 60 celebrations said the government wanted to project a positive image of the country through the celebrations and the Miss Ghana brand is one of the suitable platforms to use to achieve the purpose.
Since the maiden Miss Ghana pageant in 1957 which was officially launched by the first president of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the beauty pageant has been used to groom and train young ladies who have engaged in various developmental projects which have been beneficial to the country.
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Madam Catherine Afeku reiterated the government’s support for Miss Ghana @ 60 and congratulated the efforts of past beauty queens in using their status to promote the country.
She acknowledged that the role of women in national development could not be underrated and as such, Miss Ghana must be supported to continue its good work of discovering beautiful and ambitious young ladies who play their part in the growth of the country.
She told the president how winners have undertaken projects that contribute to national development. Ms Patty mentioned the Don Bosco Street Child Project as one of the flagship projects. “We acquired a 10-acre land and built a hostel, where a lot of street children and those who cannot afford to pay their fees are given technical, vocational education and skills in catering. In the last 10 years, we have churned out a lot of youth with skills who can also contribute their quota to society,” she said.
President Akufo-Addo, on his part, thanked the delegation for the courtesy of their visit, and described the Miss Ghana beauty pageant as “one of those events that promote and sell a country.” It is for this reason that the President noted that the Miss Ghana Pageant “is something that should be of concern to all of us; that is one of the ways we can promote and sell Ghana as a place one can visit and a country one invest his or her money.”
Ms Inna Mariam Patty, CEO of Exclusive Events Ghana, organisers of the Miss Ghana pageant expressed her appreciation to the various governments who have significantly played roles in building the Miss Ghana brand.
She said 60 years of hosting the pageant is no mean achievement and could be attributed to the support it has enjoyed from Ghanaians.
According to Ms Patty a former Miss Ghana winner, the core idea, Beauty with a Purpose, has not changed though. “The role of women in society keeps evolving.
There is, therefore, the need for a platform to showcase the emerging and challenging roles of women today,” she said. It is the biggest and oldest national beauty pageant in Ghana. The winner represents the country at the Miss World pageant.
Monica Amekoafia who won in 1957 was the first Miss Ghana. Ghana debuted at the Miss World pageant with Star Nyaniba Anna in 1959.