The earth may smile on Friday, August 24, when the grand finale of the maiden Miss Earth-Ghana pageant comes off at the National Theatre in Accra.
Organisers insist that 'mother earth' will be happy on Friday because the Miss Earth event is aimed at creating a platform for young, beautiful and intelligent women to use their talents to develop concepts that will help protect the environment.
It is being organised by Marketing Bees Network (MBN) in collaboration with Events Galore Limited and First Royal Company Limited, the Miss Earth franchise holders in Ghana.
The Event Director, Mrs Nkechi Onuoha, who confirmed the date and venue for the final show in a statement to the press, said “in the run up to the ultimate show, the delegates would engage in a series of activities, which would be filmed and beamed to audiences in special ‘Miss Earth-Ghana diaries’ to enable the general public to watch and vote for their favourite delegates.”
The ultimate winner takes home an official car from Hyundai plus GH¢10,000; a one-year wardrobe and participation in the international version of Miss Earth. The first and second runners-up will receive GH¢5,000, home theatre set, wardrobe for six months and participation in an event and a 32-inch plasma TV set, GH¢3,000, wardrobe for three months and participation in an international event, respectively.
The third runner-up takes home a refrigerator, GH¢1,000 and a set of fabrics from sponsors, while special prizes will be presented to seven other contestants in various categories: Miss Earth Walk, Miss Earth Project, Miss Earth Congeniality and Best National Costume. The rest are Miss Earth Eloquence, Miss Earth Face and Miss Earth Poise and Attitude.
Meanwhile, the contesting beauties have visited schools in Tema and Accra to give talks on the environment and also join the students to plant trees. The schools visited included DEKS International School and Aggrey Road Memorial Schools at Tema and the La Wireless School in Accra.
The earth ambassadors also paid courtesy calls on the donors and sponsors of the Miss Earth event to share ideas on how they can help corporate Ghana to do more to support the environmental protection efforts of the government.
The contestants will also visit the Ashanti Regional Capital, Kumasi, and the Kwahu area in the Eastern Region, where they will interact with students from selected schools and also help plant trees.
Other places on the itinerary of the beauties include the Akropong and Mampong Schools for the Blind and Deaf; Sakumono and Bortianor in Accra as well as selected areas in the Volta Region, where they will also engage in tree-planting activities.
“The contestants’ trips around the country are to help sanitise and beautify the country in line with the objectives of the pageant,” the Event Director, Ms Nkechi Onuoha said.
She said besides the environmental preservation activities, such as tree planting, community cleaning and environmental talks in selected schools, the contestants will hold “Eco-shows” and themed photo shoots to create environmental awareness.
Miss Onuoha explained that the Miss Earth Ghana event was a unique pageant to create a platform for young ladies to ride on their beauty and intelligence to protect the environment and green the earth.
The Acting Chief Executive Officer of ACI Constructions, title sponsors of the event, Moses Pumpuni, expressed the hope that the organisers would do a good job to ensure the success of the programme.
He pointed out that his outfit was very much committed to the protection of the environment, hence its decision to sponsor the Miss Earth-Ghana event.
The event is sponsored by ACI Construction, Primus Africa, Schwarzcopf Indola, Somotex, Da Viva, FC Beauty Klinik, Latex Foam, Eco Spa, Bus Stop Restaurant, Buka Restaurant, Imperial Peking, The Office Nightclub, +233 Jazz Bar and the Green is Easy Foundation.
Others are the Ministries of Environment and Science, Land and Natural Resources, the Ghana Wildlife Society, the Department of Parks and Gardens and the Ghana Tourism Authority.