THE Polish capital Warsaw will host the finals of the Miss World 2006 contest slated for Saturday, September 30.
Miss Shirley Frimpong Manso, the Managing Director of Sparrow Productions Limited, organizers of Miss Ghana and local franchise holders for the Miss World pageant, announced this in Accra.
She said Ghana will be represented by Miss Ghana 2005, Lamisi Mbilla. “The queen is preparing seriously for the contest that comes off two months after the World Cup,” she added.
She appealed to Ghanaians to vote massively for Lamisi during the Miss World contest through mobile phone SMS texts and on-line, when voting starts. The date for the commencement of the voting exercise will be announced later.
The fact that Warsaw was selected was due to a very professionally prepared offer, meeting all the requirements included in the contest terms of reference as well as the capital city having earmarked funds that guarantee the execution of the offer made. Meanwhile, feverish preparations are under way to present a good show at this year's Miss Ghana event which is scheduled to come off at the Accra International Conference Centre on Saturday, July 29.
This year, the organizers will go beyond the stage and find out more about the 20 contestants as they visit their homes and communities. Their visits will be broadcast on national television in a special programme to be known as “Homecoming.”
The public will then be invited to watch “Homecoming” and vote for their favourite contestants based on what they see on the programme. This, the organizers said, is aimed at boosting public participation in the selection of the eventual winner of the contest.
This year's event is being sponsored by LG Electronics, Orca deco, tiGO, MG Rover Ghana, Rhinos Energy Drink, Maxim Hair Products, GTV and supported by Graphic Showbiz, Astraeus, Unique Trust on Joy FM.