Without lawyers, Miss Ghana winners sign a contract with the organisers, Inna Patty and her Exclusive Event Ghana company.
GhanaCelebrities.Com has obtained a copy of the Miss Ghana contract and you cannot imagine the absurdity of some of the terms—and also how some of the clauses are constructed to give plenty of room for exploitation.
Any lawyer who would advise his or her client to sign such an unfair contract that opens the client up for exploitation to his or her own detriment wouldn’t have had a proper legal education. Unfortunately, most of the Miss Ghana winners, are refused access to lawyers by the organisers when it comes to signing what’s obviously an unfair contract.
In the wake of three former Miss Ghana winners, Miss Ghana 2010-Stephanie Karikari, Miss Ghana 2015-Antoinette Delali Kemavor and Miss Ghana 2013-Giuseppina Nana Akua Baafi having all mustered the courage to speak about the different layers of exploitation, verbal and sometimes physical abuses and the sort of sexual baits they were used for by Inna Patty—GhanaCelebrities.Com has decided to published a copy of Miss Ghana’s Contract and Code of Conduct for your own assessment.
A reasonable reading of the Contract and Code of Conduct show clearly the existing imbalance of power and gross unfairness of the two documents, to the disadvantage of the Beauty Queens.
Clause 4 of the Code of Conduct demands, as reported that, the winners of Miss Ghana raise GHC10,000 per month, a total of GHC120, 000 per annum.
Clause 8.3 of the Contract states that the Beauty Queens shall be fined and have to pay GHC100 anytime they are late for an event. And if they fail to show up at all, they would be stripped off.
Interestingly, the Contract prohibits the winners of Miss Ghana from holding the organizers liable for any prize package promised and not honoured or delivered by a sponsor. This means, if the organizers of Miss Ghana promises to give a winner GHC100,000 or a car based on a promise from a sponsor, the winner cannot sue them to claim this money or item if it’s not honoured.
And since almost all the prize packages are from sponsors; you can hypothetically be left with just a valueless crown on your head as a winner—without any cause of action, even if you were promised millions of things at the beginning of the competition.
Also, the Contract demands that winners of Miss Ghana maintain a body size of 6 to 10 (UK size)—and the Beauty Queens are prohibited by Contract to speak to any media person or house directly or directly. This explains why these young vulnerable women are never able to speak out even when they are abused, exploited and mistreated.
Considering the terms of the Miss Ghana Contract as sighted (below) and also the fact that Giuseppina Baafi, Miss Ghana 2013, was stripped of her title because she failed to sign a contract without her lawyer first looking at it, one can say, the scheme’s organizers intentionally set off to manipulate the winners on the back of unfair contract terms.
See contract below