For the first time in the history of the Miss Ghana pageant, this year's event recorded the highest number ever of an assembly of past winners of the crown.
Since the first pageant in 1957 when Ms Monica Amekoafia won the title, Miss Ghana has produced 23 other beauty queens and out of this number, 13 of them were at the Accra International Conference Centre last Friday when it hosted the golden jubilee edition of the contest.
One after the other, the past queens were called on stage to the delight of the audience. Leading the bevy of past beauty queens was Comfort Kwamena, Miss Ghana 1960.
She was followed by Martha Araba Vroom, Miss Ghana 1967; Augustina Henaku, Miss Ghana 1987; Dzidzo Amoah, Miss Ghana 1988; Brigitte Dzogbenuku, Miss Ghana 1991; Matilda Alomatu, Miss Ghana 1994 and Manuela Medie, Miss Ghana 1995.
The rest were Benita Golomeke, Miss Ghana 1997; Efia Owusuaa Marfo, Miss Ghana 1998; Ewurafua Hawkson, Miss Ghana 2000; Shaida Buari, Miss Ghana 2002; Inna Mariam Patty, Miss Ghana 2004 and Irene Dwomoh, Miss Ghana 2006.
The past queens didn't only grace the ocassion with their presence. Some of them emceed the show with KKD while others served as judges for the contest.
It was a laudable decision to invlove the past queens on such an occasion as the Golden Jubilee celebration event and it was a feather in the organiser's cap.
The show itself started late, but once it began, it went like clockwork. Although one wouldn't describe it as an exciting show, it did not drag and there were also no technical hitches. Those are two of the things that hurt live shows in Ghana.
The ten contestants, who represented each of the 10 regions in Ghana, came on stage to outdo each other as they introduced themselves, delivered brief messages, strut their stuff in beachwear and kaba and slit as well as show off their talents.
After these segments, the number of contestants was cut down to the golden five. The five were later asked the same question which was what their favourite line in the National Anthem was and why.
At the end of this session, Frances Tekyi-Mensah, 20, of University of Ghana and representing Greater Accra emerged Miss Ghana Golden Jubilee 2007.
She received a brand new Jaguar X-Type official car for the duration of her reign, ¢25million, LG home appliances, ticket to Miss World, wardrobe courtesy ATL, beauty treatment and a fully connected mobile phone and airtime fromTIGO.
The queen's personal prize car, a Rover, will be presented to her at the completion of her reign.
Amanda Okyere-Boakye, 23, mechaincal engineering student of KNUST and representing Brong Ahafo Region who came second took home ¢5million, LG home appliances, Accra-London-Accra ticket and a fully connected mobile phone and air time.
As second runner-up, Doreen Delali Akpai, 20, law student of KNUST and representing Volta Region received ¢3million, LG home appliances and a fully connected mobile phone and airtime.
The rest of the contestants each received ¢1million and wardrobe from ATL.
Delilatu Issah, 24, Sandi Owusu-Yaw, 21, Eunice Mbonye Adoguba, 20, received the Miss Congeniality, Miss Eloquence and Miss Talent awards respectively. The awards come with ¢2million each.
Aside feeding their eyes to beautiful women, patrons were treated to musical performaces by Becca, Charles Amoah, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Paapa Yankson and Jewel Ackah. But the man of the night was Abrantie Amakye Dede. Boy didn't he just jam the place?
Miss Ghana is organised by Sparrow Productions and sponsored by LG, TIGO, Fairlop, GTV and the [email protected] Secretariat.
• The new queen in beach wear and below, the final five of the competition. Pictures: PATRICK EGUE.
Stoty by Adwoa Serwaa Bonsu