By Samuel Duodu, Sunyani
Maame Ama Tiwaa, a 19-year-old former student of St Louis Senior High School (SHS) in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region and Miss Sunyani Municipal, in the early hours of Sunday, was crowned the winner of the Brong Ahafo (BA) @50 Beauty Pageant at the Sunyani Polytechnic Auditorium after a long programme that opened at 9.20 p.m. on Saturday Night.
Fifteen other young ladies were in the race, which was held at the municipal and district levels before the grand finale, attended by the Second Lady Mrs Loudina Mahama, who also hails from the region and specifically, the Nkoranza North District, Madam Cecilia Johnson, a Member of the Council of State, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo and all Municipal and District Chief Executives in the region.
The pageant, which was well patronised, formed part of activities marking the creation of the region by Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana on April 4, 1959 two years after Ghana attained independence.
The prize package for Maame Tiwaa includes a trip to the United States of America (USA) and other items yet to be disclosed by the planning committee of the Golden Jubilee Celebration.
The first and second runners-up Ms Juliet Pinaman Sabi, 20, and Ms Sarah Deewah, 22 both Miss Tano South District and Miss Wenchi Municipal respectively also received prizes for trips to destinations in Europe and Africa.
After three rounds of the contest, five ladies representing Nkoranza South, Dormaa East, Kintampo South, Tano South, Wenchi and Sunyani emerged as the finalists out of which Miss Sunyani unicipal was declared the winner after they answered the ultimate question on the achievements, challenges and prospects of the region, which was also the theme for the celebrations .
Activities engaged in by contestants before the eventual winner was declared included traditional dances, showcasing of various talents, answering questions from the four judges and giving a brief history about their various municipalities and districts.
Apart from the three top winners, all the 16 contestants were presented with hampers by Sleek Cosmetics, while Miss Wenchi, Miss Sunyani, Miss Nkoranza South and Miss Tano South who were adjuded as Miss Eloquence, Miss Personality, Best Traditional Performer and Miss Talent in that order were also presented with prizes.
Slim Bluster and his dancers as well as Asem and a Salsa group from Accra preformed at the event, which was Mceed by Kwame Adinkra of Angel FM in Kumasi and Naa Ayele of Sky FM, a Sunyani-based radio station.