The lead scout of the 2012 edition of Ghana’s most prestigious beauty pageant, Adi Plahar, says he is optimistic of an improved and exciting event this year.
The professional model instructor today said if the results achieved so far with the nationwide scouting process embarked upon by his competent team who went in search of beautiful, witty and purpose-driven young ladies for this year’s event is anything to go by, then an exciting competition beckons.
Plahar is upbeat about the success of this year’s event, after having toured the length and breadth of this country, interacted and identified potential beauty queens for this year’s event.
Plahar’s team would officially wrap up their process this weekend in Accra, after spending quality time in the other regions. Prior to making a grand entry into Accra, he is excited about the quality they found in the other nine regions.
“If what we saw in the regions is anything to go by, then I can confidently say we are going to have a keenly competitive event this year. We went in search of quality, and thankfully we got it in abundance,” he says.
The Miss Ghana brand according to Plahar is well celebrated and respected across the country, something that helped in making their work a lot easier.
“Because of the dignity and respect the pageant attracts from across board, it wasn’t difficult selling the idea to them. They respect the brand a lot so everybody is emotional, and has a passion for it. It was heartwarming especially in regions like the Northern, Central, Brong Ahafo, Ashanti and Volta to see the kind of patronage this year’s event is enjoying”.
Apart from generally scouting for potential contestants, Plahar’s team also visited Institutions like the University of Development Studies in both Navrongo and Wa, Catholic University in the Brong Ahafo region, Cape Coat University, All Nations University, Koforidua Polytechnic in the Eastern region, Ho Polytechnic, and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). KNUST, according to him, recorded the highest number of respondents of one hundred and eighty four (184).
“The turnout in Kumasi was great. The euphoria that met us was really touching. We identified fifty six (56) potential contestants amongst over a hundred interested participants!”
An observation Plahar hopes will change in the future is that some potential quality contestants shy away, citing religious and family reasons. Nevertheless he is hopeful that, the lucky ones who will compete in this year’s event, will put up a good case study to encourage the others that beauty pageants especially Miss Ghana have more societal benefits than just what they see on television.
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