The 21-year-old student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) beat competition from four other contenders to walk home with a four-wheel Suzuki Vitara, a whopping GH¢10,000 cash prize and an opportunity to embark on a spectacular trip to South Africa.
Northern Region’s Hiba emerged second while Eastern Region’s Akos came third with Naa of Greater Accra Region and Ashanti Region’s Badu taking the fourth and fifth positions respectively.
Hiba received GH¢ 8,000, Akos GH¢ 7,000, Naa GH¢ 6,000 and Badu GH¢ 4,000 as cash prizes.
Ghana’s Most Beautiful Season 10 as usual started with ten beautiful land talented ladies – Alaya, Badu, Hiba, Akos, Naa, Deme, Efua, Yaba, Akos and Kafui – representing the 10 regions in Ghana. For 13 weeks, these ladies exhibited high levels of creativity and in-depth knowledge of culture and traditions of their respective regions during the live stage performances.
Setting the stage for Sunday’s resplendent final at the Accra International Conference Center was multiple award-winning hip-life group VVIP.
This ushered in the five finalists, who after a well-rehearsed choreography, appeared in casual wears. Since there were no vocal assessments from the judges, the five contestants only had to show off their wears. They were, however, scored on how good they looked in them. Much was rather seen of the contestants in the individual performances.
Akos, real name Esther Akosua Safowaa, lifted the curtains with her energetic call for peace. Laced with a live report on ballot counting from the Ketu South and Bantama constituencies, she gave patrons something to cheer about after declaring results for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) – in their waterloo, Ketu South – and for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) – in Bantama.
Hiba, real name Muhiba Fialele Idriss, came next, as a nurse dispensing her services to all Ghanaians irrespective of tribe and political affiliation. She called for justice: “Let justice prevail”.
Badu mimicked division in a traditional palace but called on all to embrace unity and togetherness. Yaba, who hails from Axim, near the birthplace of Ghana’s first president, was concerned Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah may not be happy with the polarized nature of politics in the country. She capped her performance with a rendition of the national anthem.
Naa put up a rather solemn performance in honour of her mother. She attributed her achievements in life so far to the advice and guidance of her mum, who was seated among the audience.
Q & A segment
The mettle of the five contestants were tested by the judges in the question and answer segment.
Hiba suggested the organisation of tourism clubs in schools in her answer to Judge Linda Ampah’s question on how to promote domestic tourism if appointed the Chief Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts. She also suggested hiring buses for the youth to embark on sight-seeing especially on public holidays in order to be spurred on to recommend tourist sites to others.
Yaba was asked what she would do to curb the illegal mining menace. She explained that the situation boils down to unemployed youth, who seem to be taken advantage of by chiefs and government officials. She suggested education and sensitization on the adverse effects of illegal mining to discourage many from engaging in it. Badu was eloquent in her explanation on the origin of Adinkra symbols, citing some of the symbols as M’ahu m’asie. “They represent the concept of aphorisms which are short statements that explain the wisdom of a group of people,” she said to loud applause.
Naa expressed faith in Ghana achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2, arguing that just like any other goal, SDG 2 can be achieved especially when the youth are incentivized to embrace agriculture. Last but not least, Akos recited the national pledge and explained its significance in fostering unity and oneness.