Pageant History

History of Miss Ghana Pageant

The Miss Ghana Beauty Pageant was started by the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1957 as an initiative to offer the “Independent” Ghanaian woman a platform to positively impact society. It is the biggest and oldest national beauty pageant in Ghana with Monica Amekoafia becoming the first-ever Miss Ghana.

The winner of the competition represents the country at the Miss World to compete with beauty queens from the other countries in the world. In 1959, Ghana debuted at Miss World with Star Nyaniba Annan. There have been two candidates (1990 and 1991) who represented Ghana at Miss World, but were not Miss Ghana titleholders. There have been occasions where Ghana was not represented at Miss World even though there was a titleholder. Aside the Miss World, the Pageant is also responsible for sending representatives to Miss ECOWAS. The winner also signs a one-year contract with the pageant organizer to become the spokesperson for their various charities.

The event was first organized by the Public Works Department (PWD). Over the years, organization and management of the Pageant has changed hands from Malinro Ventures, through Media Whizz Kids, Sparrow Productions and back to Media Whizz Kids. Currently, the pageant is being organized and managed by Exclusive Events Ghana, an events management company headed by Miss Inna Mariam Patty, (Miss Ghana 2004).

In essence, 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. It is important to emphasize that the transition in management will not alter the core essence of the Pageant which is “Beauty with a Purpose beginning 2012. Exclusive Events Ghana will introduce innovative and exciting approaches in selecting the finalist so as to attract the right quality of ladies. In addition, the new management will also introduce mutually rewarding concepts to pique the interest and involvement of all stakeholders of the Miss Ghana Brand.

Past Beauty Queens

Year Name of Titleholder
1957 Monica Amekoafia
1958 Janet Boateng
1959 Star Nyaniba Annan
1960 Comfort Kwamena
1961 – 1966 No pageant
1967 Araba Martha Vroom
1968 Lovell Rosebud Wordie
1969 – 1985 No pageant
1986 Magdalene Adjabeng
1987 Augustina Henaku
1988 Dzidzo Abra Amoa
1989 Afua Amoah Bonsu
1990 Bridgitte Dzorgbenuku
1991-1993 No Pageant
1994 Matilda Aku Alomatu
1995 Manuela Medie
1996 Shiela Azuntaba
1997 Benita Golomeke
1998 Efia Owusuaa Marfo
1999 Miriam Sugru Bugri
2000 Ewurafua Hawkson
2001 Selasi Kwawu
2002 Shaida Buari
2003 Serena Naa Ashi Roye
2004 Inna Mariam Patty
2005 Lamisi Mbillah
2006 Irene Dwomoh
2007 Francess Takyi-Mensah
2008 Mawusi Apea
2009 Mimi Areme
2010 Stephanie Karikari
2011 No Pageant
2012 Naa Okailey Shooter
2014 No Pageant