Nana Asare emerges as Face of Ghana Holland 2011
After months of laborious preparations and series of pre-event workshops, with themes as Beauty and Make-up, Health hazards and Drug Abuse, Safety and Security among others, and a night of keen contest, laced with spectacular stage appearances and performances by Ghanaian artistes, a 20 year old student, Miss Nana Abrefi Akosua Asare, from the North Brabant province of The Netherlands, emerged winner out of ten contestants.
As winner of the third edition of the bi-annual event by a unanimous decision of 5 judges, She earned for herself ? 2500, plus a return ticket to Ghana.
Miss Asare, who stands 5′ 7' 1.74m, with vital statistics 34' – 29′ – 40' -was crowned by Her Excellency Mrs. Aanaa N. Enin, Ghana's Ambassador to the Royal Kingdom of The Netherlands in the wee hours of Sunday, 26th June, 2011, and thus became Face of Ghana Holland 2011.
The newly crowned Face of Ghana Holland 2011, who took over the mantle from Miss Augustina Austin, winner of the 2009 edition, entered the contest with an ambition to encourage the youth to place premium on education.
As well as creating public awareness about the low standard of education among Ghanaian youth, both in The Netherlands and Ghana. She has for her two years reign, the official task to serve as a role model for her peers, be very active in diverse charity works and public awareness campaigns.
Miss Priscilla Yeboah, student, clinched the 1st Runner-up position and the 2nd Runner-up position went to another student, Miss Patricia Obeng. Both of them reside in Amsterdam. Their prizes were ? 1250.00 each, plus brand new laptop and ? 750.00 plus HDTV flat panel respectively.
Consolation prizes went to Miss Liliana Konu -Best Talent Show, Miss Priscilla Yeboah -Miss Photogenic, Miss Patricia Obeng -Miss Elegant and Miss Tracy Adusei -Miss Punctuality.
The scoring formula for the contest that attracted people from far and beyond The Netherlands was 70% stage performances made up of four segments and 30% short message service (sms) voting by the general public.
Besides showcasing the exceptional beauty Ghanaian ladies are endowed with, the event, with an official slogan of 'BEAUTY WITH A MISSION', has since its inception in 2007, become a promotional event for Ghanaian culture and tourism.
The organizers of the pageant suffered last minute unexpected hitch, when the arrival of Castro, the much-publicized main artiste to perform at the event, was thrown into doubt.
The event, however, went on as planned, but without Castro, who the organizers expect will be in the country shortly to perform at the planned after party of the event. The date will soon be announced.
Major sponsors of the event, endorsed by the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana, The Hague, included Royal Air Maroc, Unity Money Services and Afro Beauty Centre -Ganzenhoef.