Fortunately for me and unfortunately for a group of Miss Ghana 2015 contestants, I walked into Oak Plazza Hotel situated at Accra’s East Airport area last night to find a young woman panicking—her friends I would later get to know as Miss Ghana 2015 contestants were stuck in the hotel’s lift.
For a minute, I could not understand what the whole fright was about since the hotel staff were at work—sweating to safe the situation. But when I was told about 7 ladies had been locked in the lift for over 12 minutes, I soon realized why the young woman who was also a contestant could not even sit down.
The contestant who stood outside the lift, next to me was deeply frightened–perhaps, it was worse for those inside as they kept pressing the emergency buzzer.
Ten minutes later, I left the reception of the hotel with the Miss Ghana contestants still stuck in the lift.
What was shocking to me was not the fact that these ladies were locked in a lift since people get stuck in elevators all the time. But the fact that, despite all the Miss Ghana scandals, each year the organisers manage to find desperate young girls looking for “whatever” to buy into their ‘cotton-wool vision.’