Miss Ghana run with innovation amidst Covid-19

By: Jayne Buckman-Owoo
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EXCLUSIVE Events Ghana, organisers of the Miss Ghana have found innovative ways of running the pageant under the Covid-19 pandemic that has invaded the country and the world at large.

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In an interview with Ms Inna Maryam Patty, CEO of Exclusive Events Ghana on Monday, April 6, 2020, she disclosed that her outfit have resorted to innovative ways of running the pageant to enable them arrive at their final 16 contestants.
“We just found creative, innovative and safe ways of managing the event in these challenging times, we gave the contestants weekly tasks which they submitted to us via video to enable us cut the numbers down.
“The first eviction was on March 22, the second was on March 29 and the third was on April 5. The last will be on April 12 when we select our final 16 contestants.
“We will take a break till it is safe to carry out rehearsals and grooming lessons for the group, hopefully and God willing in June,” she said.
According to Ms Patty, the following are the series of tasks that were given to each contestant.
“In the first week, there was a video project of the top three issues the first female Inspector General of Police (IGP) for Ghana would handle if appointed.
Most of the contestants voiced bribery and corruption as a major problem in the country that hinders the economic growth and trust of the police service.
For the second week, contestants were tasked to show how their communities were handling the novel coronavirus Covid-19. “Most of them were creative in going out to educate the public on proper sanitation of both body and environment,” she said.
Each contestant named one tradition that they thought brought love and joy to the community where they hail from in the third week. And in the final week, each regional queen was to prepare and present a dish dear to the hearts of their communities.
Ms Patty added that all these tasks were each judged and awarded by topic, presentation, graphic/ visual content, research and creativity.
“The contestants’ task for this week is pre-screening for talent show. They are to email a maximum of two minutes video on their talent after which the number will be prunned down to the final sixteen.
According to Ms Patty, they had originally scheduled the final event for Saturday, May 2, 2020 but because of the current situation, they will have to wait for things to normalise before fixing a new date for the grand finale.