In the wee hours of yesterday Sunday September 29, 2013, Janet Naa Othobia Djan, 21, was crowned Miss Ghana UK 2013. Until her coronation at the Troxy Hall in London, Janet was known simply as contestant number 3 and will now officially take over from 2012 winner Esther Titi Lartey who was present at the red carpet pageant and reluctantly had to hand over her crown to the new winner.
Victoria Antwi (contestant no 16) and Channelle White (Contestant number 1) won second and third positions in the pageant.
Janet easily beat 19 other contestants and her coronation was the climax of months of preparations, training, late nights and glam Ghanaian style. The event was covered live on facebook and twitter and people who could not attend the live finals were kept with minute by minute updates, an indication of how Ghanaians are using new technology to tell their stories. We are just learning another Ghanaian Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter was voted third runner up in the just ended Miss World competition in Bali, Indonesia. Ghanaians have definitely arrived in a big big way.
Dennis Tawaih, events coordinator for Akwaaba UK organiser of the event earlier promised the event would be more than a simple beauty show and would be the most memorable in the 21 years the pageant has been staged; the event was true to his prediction.
The contestants went through a stiff selection process, including demonstrating their knowledge of Ghanaian culture, history and traditions, stage performances, a fashion show and some of their dancing moves! They needed to prove to the judges they knew everything from who iconic Ghanaians like Abedi Pele through Nkwameh Nkrumah were. They showed off their figures in evening dress, and swimsuits.The judges took their time but eventually settled on Janet as the new queen.
One excited Nigerian later told Iroko Africa; “These Ghanaians are becoming our biggest competitors,” a reference to the brotherly competition in film, music and sheer number of pageant nationals of both countries now organise around the globe.
Maa Beena tweeted after the show; “Miss Ghana UK 2013 was great great show. Great memories, great music, great company.”
Rachel Ferr was one of the Ghanaian musicians who performed on the night.
List of all 20 contestants:
Contestant no 1. Chanelle Akosua Brafo White, 22. Credit controller.
Contestant no 2. Nada Aseye Aku Denu, 18. Student
Contestant no 3. Janet Naa Othobia Afia Djan, 21. Media Graduate
Contestant no 4. Vivian Yaa Ataa Serwaa Osei Tutu, 22. Surveyor
Contestant no 5. Nana Adjoa Agyekumwah, 19. Student
Contestant no 6. Drusilla Ntriwa Lartey, 21. Graduate, customer service
Contestant no 7. Sheivonne Nana Adjoah Konadu Domfeh, 18. Student
Contestant no 8. Sandra Corrmley allotey, 24. Law Costs Draftsman
Contestant no 9. Daquan Dakoannam Konlan, 22. NHS Intake Assistant
Contestant no 10. Anita Adjoa Annobi, 21. Student
Contestant no 11. Yvonne Esi Haizel, 23. Investment Analyst/Student
Contestant no 12. Stephane Maame Yaa Boatemma, 21. Graduate
Contestant no 13. Roberta Emeta Ami Ansah, 22. Graduate.
Contestant no 14. Nana-Serwaa Twumasi Werner, 24. Events Manager
Contestant no 15. Mercy Nana Akua Ankama, 23. TV editing Assistant
Contestant no 16. Victoria Ama Kwanema Antwi, 20. Student
Contestant no 17. Natalie Efia Agyeman Wireko-Brobbey, 19. Engineer
Contestant no 18. Lorraine Abena A Kudom, 24. Administrator
Contestant no 19. Jessica Mame Ama Kissiwa K Felix, 19. Student
Contestant no 20. Pamela Esi Effle Darko, 26.
Nothing brings a story to Life than the pictures so herewith our gallery of what happened.
All Pictures By Francis Ngwa. All Rights Reserved