A beauty pageant that seeks to showcase the rich African culture to promote peace among African nations and the entire world has been launched in Accra today.
Dubbed, “Miss Commonwealth Ghana”, the pageant is the resemblance of Miss Commonwealth International, a pageant through which Commonwealth goals are achieved through beauty and held annually in the United Kingdom.
In Ghana, it is organised by Miss Commonwealth Ghana Limited, a body that has been mandated to organise Miss Commonwealth beauty pageants and owned by reigning queen, Miss Commonwealth International 2017, Princes Duncan.
Speaking at a press launch, Princess Duncun stated that although last year’s prizes was enormous, the second edition of Miss Commonwealth Ghana will honour the winner with an amount of GHC5,000, a salon car, a coveted trip to the United Kingdom and many more goodies.
According to her, the first runner up will also take home an amount of GHC3000, and a sponsored trip to India to represent Ghana at Miss Multinational, while the second runner up takes home a cash prize of GHC2000 and a nice trip to Nigeria.
She stated that the audition of the second edition of Miss Commonwealth Ghana will be held on August 3rd 2019 at the Swiss Spirit Hotel and Suite, Alisa, same venue for the grand finale which will be held on September 7, 2019.
“To participate in this event, all prospective contestants can pick a form at the cost of GHC100 at Alisa Hotel and Atinka Media Village at Avenor Junction for the audition. Secure a future of international celebrityhood with Miss Commonwealth Ghana.,” Princess Duncun said.
For his part, The Board Chairman of the Miss Commonwealth Ghana and Executive President of Centre of Awareness (FCIDA), Prof Samuel Ato Duncan said the pageant served as a tool to address pertinent issues confronting peace among African nations.
“I believe that entertainment is one of the areas that we can use to address issues confronting peace. My daughter was supported by myself to win the Miss Commonwealth International 2017 so I said to myself that this is the time to support other young ladies to also develop their talent through this pageant,” he said.
As the Father of Princess Duncan, and the major sponsor of last year’s pageant, he provided the vehicles, a trip to the UK, a trip to India and others with the intention of bringing out talent in young girls.
“For me, I believe peace is not just the absence of war; but when one is satisfied with his or her circumstances. This is an area where we take the ladies through training, we bring them together to encourage them that they can do something better for their lives, and so we equip them with potentials to face the future and that is what we see as empowering a woman to be self-sufficient, and self-confident to face the challenging world,’ he said.
Prof Duncan said the last beauty pageant in 2018 had 20 young women being taking through training including moral training to shape them up for society.
As a supportive father who helped his daughter excel in the pageant, he urged all parents to support and guide their children develop their God given talents in the field they desire to be in.
Mahalia Esi Banford, Miss Commonwealth Ghana 2018 who testified that the pageant empowered young ladies by giving them the platform to improve themselves as individuals expressed gratitude to Miss Commonwealth Ghana Ltd for giving her the platform to explore her talent.
As a queen, she encouraged all young ladies to pick up forms to audition for the pageant, saying that the pageant is also a platform that gives people the platform to explore international pageants and projects.