Thursday, October 7, 2010

Miss World 2010: Meet Miss Ghana

Ghana is commonly known as the Gold Coast, the name means Warrior King and was derive from the ancient Ghana Empire. Archaeological evidence suggests that humans have lived in present day Ghana from about 1,500 years before the common era. Ghana is one of the world's top producers of gold and they are known for the cocoa, timber, diamond, manganese and bauxite as well. Tourism is rapidly growing in the nation because of its political and economical stability. Ghana is home of the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the Kakum and and Mole National Parks. This country of flat plains, low hills and few rivers debuted in Miss World back in 1959 and have produced three semifinalists. Two of them made it in 2005 and 2006 after winning the Beauty with a Purpose and Talent awards, respectively. Ghana will be represented in Miss World 2010 by Mimi Areme who was crowned on fall 2009. proudly presents Miss Ghana 2009 in an exclusive interview for our series Meet the Misses.

1.  Give us an introduction of yourself.
I am Mimi Areme from Ghana and the only child of my parents. I am 22 years of age and 173 cm tall. I hold a higher national diploma (HND) in marketing and hope to be a marketing manager in future . I am sociable and always try to make people around me feel comfortable. I love dancing, cooking, reading and babysitting. I believe that everything that happens happens for a reason. I try to lead a life which is worthy of emulation in order to be a source of inspiration to the people in my society.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Ghana is located in West Africa with the Gulf of Guinea to the south. Ghana’s neighbours are Cote d’lvoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north and Togo to the east. The word Ghana means Warrior King which is derived from the ancient Ghana Empire. Our official language is English and the total population according to a 2010 estimate is 23.3 million. The capital city of Ghana is Accra with a population of 3.9 million. Ghana is made up of 10 regions and has a democratic system of governance. It has natural resources such as  gold, diamonds, bauxite, manganese and timber. Ghana is also known for its Cocoa which is one of its major exports.
My hometown Sogakophe is in the Volta region, one of Ghana’s 10 administrative regions. It is situated east of the Volta Lake, which is one of the largest man –made lakes in the world. Sogakophe has a beautiful and cold weather in the mornings, it is a lovely place to relax and have vacations.
3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at Miss World?      
Representing my country in the Miss World contest is a source of pride and honour for me. It gives me the greatest opportunity to promote my country and to contribute to world peace. It is a dream come true and it makes me feel special.

4. What preparations have you done so far or will do for the Miss World final?   
I have worked on my communications skills so I can interact very well with the officials, the contestants and the audience. I have rehearsed my routine, improved my diet and I have learnt to say hello and thank you in a few languages. I plan to do some research on the other contestants and their countries in order to understand them and appreciate them better. I am fully prepared to give my best performance and have great fun. I am working hard to put together everything required to make a positive impact at Miss World so as to make Ghana and Africa proud.

5. If you have to describe yourself in one word, what would it be and why?    
Okofo’ which means persevering. I always work hard to finish what I start. This is simply because I believe that you should never give up until you have attained the results you set out to achieve.                                                               

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I see myself as an ambassador for Ghana on the international platform, utilizing my talents, marketing skills and opportunities, to the benefit of my country and the world at large and also  rescued  children out of trafficking bondage to  know their potentials and also become better people in the world.

7. Would you prefer being beautiful and rich or poor and smart?
I prefer to be beautiful and rich because both attributes will put me in a position to easily help those in need. Being beautiful and rich will make it possible for me to  influence positive decisions to promote the cause of solving problems related to climate change .If I have money, I can employ highly qualified professionals  to help me achieve my objective in life. Which is to put up infrastructures to benefit  individuals in need of job in order to improve on their standard of living.

8. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I admire formal UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. He is an influential leader who fights against war and promotes peace. He encourages the youth to be determined and love one another.

9. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I would choose the United States of America, simply because of the language, productivity level and because of the fact that it is a developed country where  people are empowered and have the freedom  to do the things they dream about.

10. What do you think is the biggest problem facing the world today and what should be done about it?
I think one of the biggest problem affecting the world today is global warming.  Leaders of the world should act responsibly by cutting down green house gas emissions into the atmosphere otherwise the coming generations will find life unbearable. I would also contribute to educating people all over the world about the dangers of global  warming

11. Do you believe a beauty queen should be politically correct when answering a controversial subject question or should she express her personal views on the issue?
I believe a beauty queen should express her personal views on an issue based on her own principles and knowledge. This may or may not coincide with what is politically correct, but the most important thing is that she is being truthful and transparent.

12. What do you most look forward to about the Miss World Festival?
I look forward to meeting people from all over the world, making new friends and learning more about china and its people.

13. The winner of Miss World will be the 60th Miss World. Which former winner do you most admire and why?
I admire all the beauty queens for who have held the Miss World title. However, I admire Kaiane Aldorino most because of her good sense of humor and her inspirational statements on international issues.

14. The motto of Miss World is Beauty with a Purpose. What does Beauty with a Purpose mean to you?
It means a queen who uses her beauty and talents to benefit a cause she is truly committed to. She is selfless and dedicated to humanitarian causes. She uses the powerful combination of beauty and talent to make the world a better place.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
I believe that we should never give up in life but rather persevere, for they who persevere are likely to taste success. Remember that whatever the circumstance, no matter the frustrations, if you work hard and put in your best effort, you are headed towards success. . Thank You for reading my online interview.

and finally…
Star Sign:  Libra
Personal Motto:  Everything that happens happens for a reason.
Favorite Food: Boiled Ripe plantain with garden egg stew.
Favorite Color: White
Favorite Song: Heal the World by Michael Jackson.
Favorite Movie: Ultimate Price,
Favorite Book: Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Dale Carnegie.
Favorite Singer/Band: Michael Jackson
Favorite Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington and Naomi Campbell.

Special Thanks:
Mimi Areme, Miss Ghana 2009

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