By Samuel Duodu
A well-rehearsed choreography by the 11 contestants in the beauty segment got the Brong Ahafo region edition of this year’s Miss Ghana and National Dance Championship event underway at the Sunyani Polytechnic Auditorium last Friday.
Also, there were two hiplife artistes, Bosiako and Quata but it was the latter who livened up the auditorium with his hit song Pretty Face. It received a lot of applause and cheers from the audience, some of whom got out of their seats to boogie down.
The dance contest also brought on some wild laughter as most of the audience shouted out ‘old man’ ‘this one he grow’ apparently at one of the contestants whom they claimed seemed too old for the dance competition.
At the end of the two rounds of the dance contest, Adjei Williams took the first position while Clement Hammond and Robert Makosa Jr placed second and third respectively. Williams and Hammond would represent the region at the national final in September.
In the beauty segment, Erica Maria Awini, a 20 -year -old student of the University of Ghana, Legon, Owusuaa Sekyere Racheal, a 22-year- old student of the Central University College, Accra and Gifty Senam Gedu-Mensah, a 23-year-old national service personnel, stood tall as they beat seven other contestants to move to the next stage of the contest. The public will now vote for two of them for the chance to compete in the Miss Ghana final event in Accra.
The District Chief Executive for Nkoranza North, Kwadwo Agyei-Dwomo, was at the event.
The Miss Ghana and National Dance Chamionship roadshow stopped over at Hotel Georgia in Kumasi last Saturday and according to Nii Kwei Danso, one of the contestants in the beauty segment learnt the hard way that the pageant is not for the faint-hearted when she could not answer a question from one of the judges and came face to face with embarrassment.
“Do you believe in superstition? Give reasons for your answer” was the question. The contestant, who seemed very nervous and confused, stood there holding her hair with her left hand and when the audience burst out laughing, she walked off the stage to loud applause from the crowd.
In the keenly contested dance segment, where the judges gave marks for costume, stagecraft, fluidity and creativity, Eric Ansuade and Robert Makosa Jr were selected to represent the Ashanti region at the national final.
Eight beauties contested for the two available spots in the final. However, Evelyn Acheampong, Ewura Ama Kusi and Obaahemaa Nana Yaa Kyeraa were chosen, out of which two would be selected via text messaging to 1443 on all networks. Two music acts, Lazy Dog and Bradez spiced the evening with some songs from their albums.
The Miss Ghana and National Dance Championship is organised by Media Whizz Kids and sponsored by PHC Motors, Labadi Beach Hotel, Westafco Gh. Ltd and Somovision. Donors include Club Beer, Bonaqua, ATL, Forever Clair Skin and Beauty Clinic, Buck Press, Trendsetters, Danny’s Decoration, Sound Check, DDP, Prosline Gh. Limited, Forever Easy and Danny’s Bridal Home.