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.