Many beautiful, talented and ambitious young ladies descended on the Upland Hotel, Wa in the Upper West Region recently with the hope of becoming the next Tourism Ambassador for Ghana.
The competition’s audition train was up there and with only 10 finalist spots available in the final event set for September 21 at the National Theatre, neither the aspirants nor the judges took their tasks lightly.
After hours of grilling the ladies on their knowledge of regional customs, culture, costumes, and more, four of them emerged as semi-finalists. They will go on to Accra to contest for one of the 10 finalist positions.
Whoever emerges the winner will spearhead a tourism-related project of her choice, criss-cross Ghana educating students about the significance of Ghana’s tourist sites and tourism potentials, lead clean-up campaigns and meet with community leaders to learn how Ghana can better support the most vulnerable in our society.
She will also travel outside the country to represent Ghana at Miss Tourism World.
Delphine Brew-Hammond, Director of Events and Operations for the Miss Tourism Ghana Organization, was one of the auditioners. She stressed that the ultimate winner would not be the average beauty queen. She cited the work put in by the 2012 second runner-up, Clementina Yelim Boapeah-Okyere.
Yelim hails from Wa and helped to raise awareness about north-south migration and the toll it has taken on the development of Ghana’s northern regions.
“Yelim has won the hearts of the people of Wa with hard work,” Mrs. Brew-Hammond said.
Another member of the auditioning panel, Henry Yeladour of the Ghana Tourism Authority, asked the aspirants to sincerely think of what they could do to enhance tourism in the Upper West Region and Ghana as a whole.
The semi-final qualifying interviews will continue across the rest of the country next month. All young women aspiring to be in the Miss Tourism Ghana contest are encouraged to apply.
Source: Graphic Showbiz