Ghana has no Miss Ghana; Winners abandon crown

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Ghana currently has no reigning Miss Ghana. This is because the
winner of the 2013 edition of the pageant together with her first and
second runner ups have resigned.

Earlier this month, Exclusive Events Ghana, organizers of the Miss
Ghana event, relieved the reigning queen, Miss Giuseppina Nana Akua
Baafi of her role as Miss Ghana 2013 Ambassador.

The decision, according to the organizers, was reached after Miss
Baafi decided to stand down as Miss Ghana 2013. A letter dated July 3,
signed by the Chief Operating Officer of the company, Samuel Bokorvie,
and sent to Miss Baafi read in part:

“In view of this elevated status as the Miss Ghana Brand Ambassador
you undertook to behave and conduct yourself in a manner that would not
bring the brand into disrepute and public ridicule. We regret however,
that your conduct has not been consistent with your commitment to these
values that you subscribed to, on becoming the Miss Ghana Ambassador at
your crowning.”

It however emerged that not only has the winner of the pageant been
stripped off her title, the two runner ups have also resigned from their

Inna Mariam Patty, CEO of Exclusive Events Ghana, told
Myjoyonline.com in an interview that there are varied reasons for the
current vacant position of the Miss Ghana crown.

She revealed that, “Six weeks after crowing Miss Baafi that was [in
July 2013] the second runner up – Crystal Selorm Amudzi – hinted that
her application to defer her academic year was unsuccessful and would
like to return to school and as an institution that is interested in
ensuring that young women pursue their educational goals we humbly
accepted, even though we’re saddened by it,” for her to continue with
her education.

According to her, the first runner up, Margaret Kuma-Mintah also came up with the same request.

In Miss Giuseppina Baafi’s case, “She is probably overwhelmed with
the high expectations of her couple with the fact that she had
consistently and persistently not lived up to our expectations in terms
of breaching our contractual obligations,” Inna said.

The Exclusive Events Ghana CEO however failed to clearly name the
misconduct or parts of the contract Miss Baafi is alleged to have

‘The fight’

Myjoyonline.com investigations have revealed that, Miss Ghana 2013,
among other things, did not accept a new contract that organizers wanted
her to sign.

Due to that, she refused to attend official events, refused to be the
brand ambassador of sponsors of the pageant and also refused to attend
the funeral of Ghana’s foremost Miss Ghana beauty pageant winner.

It has emerged that there was a scuffle between Miss Baafi and Inna’s
mother, who is a director at Exclusive Events Ghana in May this year,
at the Miss Ghana residence on the Spintex road, Accra.

Samuel Bokorvie, Chief Operating Officer of Exclusive Events Ghana
speaking on Rhythmz A-Z with Mamavi Owusu- Aboagye Saturday narrated
that, “Giuseppina was expected to have left the house already so she’s
packed out… the chaperon indicated that there was nothing in the house.
The director had bought one or two items to be given to the chaperon so
upon reaching there she was informed that Giuseppina was still around.”

Inna’s mum had wanted to take Giuseppina to her parents because if
she was no longer interested in the crown, she can’t live in the Miss
Ghana house, Samuel added.

Inna Mariam Patty interjected and explained that some
foreigners came into the house after Giuseppina refused to hand over the
keys and shouted for help. “These white guys, opposite the house, came
into the house and without asking any question wanted to assault the

Inna further alleged that the white guys pushed the security man and
vandalised some items in the house. “As an office, we have made an
official complaint to the [Airport] police about these gentlemen
unlawfully entering our premises,” Inna added.   

‘Giuseppina’s side of the story’

Kobby Siaw, brother of Giuseppina also commenting on the issue said
“Giuseppina never said or wrote a letter to that effect that she was
never interested or she wants to resign as Miss Ghana,” and challenged
organizers to prove that she did that.

According to him, organizers “brought a new contract and they were
forcing her to sign. They were going for a program and then before the
program they asked her to sign the contract or else she is not going
with them for the program,” she had requested for a third opinion on the
new contract.

Kobby alleged that Giuseppina never had a soft or hard copy of the new contract.

“They told Giuseppina because she was not signing the contract, she
should leave the house….on the said date that her mother they say is the
director went to the house, she went there to actually go and tell
Giuseppina that if you are not signing the contract then by force I am
going to eject you out of the house,” he said.

“We have evidence to prove that her mother actually beat Giuseppina
up and it was through the screams of Giuseppina in the house that the
foreigners heard and came to Giuseppina’s rescue. They never vandalised
any item in the house, it was Inna Patty’s mother who was beating
Giuseppina that resulted in the items being destroyed.”

“Why will somebody in a very prestigious position like Miss Ghana
decide she is going to resign if all things are well,” Kobby quizzed.

‘The search for Miss Ghana 2013 and Miss Ghana 2014’

Inna Mariam Patty has disclosed to Myjoyonline.com that there are attempts to select a suitable person as Miss Ghana 2013.

“We’ve had a lot of interest from 2013 contestants, 2012 contestants
and total strangers [numbering] over a hundred. We are going to do an
interesting interview and selection process but we will make sure that
whoever qualifies does understand the brand, has the experience and will
do us proud ,” at this year’s Miss World pageant.

According to her, if the organizers don’t get a suitable candidate by
first week of August, it means that Ghana will not have a
representative for the 2013 Miss World pageant.

In spite of all these challenges, Exclusive Events Ghana will organize a pageant to crown Miss Ghana 2014.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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