Friday, October 7, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.33 - Miss Ghana 2010

 Ghana is a country located in West Africa. It is bordered by Côte d'Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. Ghana was inhabited in pre-colonial times by a number of ancient Akan kingdoms. Non-Akan states created by the Ga and Ewe also existed as did states by the Gonja, and Dagomba. Prior to contact with Europeans, trade between the Akan and various African states flourished due to Akan's gold wealth. Trade with European states began after contact with the Portuguese in the 15th century, and the British established the Gold Coast Crown colony in 1874 over parts but not all of the country. The Gold Coast achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, becoming the first sub-Saharan African nation to do so, and the name Ghana -meaning Warrior King-was chosen for the new nation to reflect the ancient Empire of Ghana. Ghana is the second largest producer of cocoa in the world and is home to Lake Volta, the largest artificial lake in the world by surface area. The economy of Ghana has been listed as the world's fastest growing economy in 2011. The country encompasses flat plains, low hills and a few rivers. Ghana’s coastline is mostly a low, sandy shore backed by plains and scrub and intersected by several rivers and streams while the northern part of the country features high plains. Southwest and south central Ghana is made up of a forested plateau region. Ghana is an ethnically diverse country; thus, Ghanaian culture is a mixture of all its ethnic groups, the Akan, Ga, Ewe, Mamprusi and Dagomba, among others but, the culture goes in line with the demographics and is thus predominantly Akan. Ghana's cultural diversity is most evident in Ghanaian cuisine, the arts and clothing. The nation debuted in Miss World 1959 and reached the semifinals of the pageant three times. Stephanie Adwoa Adjeiwaa Karikari will be Ghana's representative in Miss World 2011

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Stephanie Adwoa Adjeiwaa Karikari, Miss Ghana 2010, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
Hello! I’m Stephanie Karikari, the youngest child and daughter of a family of six; I was born on the 25th of May 1992 in the capital city of Ghana, which is Accra. Both of my parents are from the Ashanti region, which is known for all their riches in gold and unique history. I’m a young lady filled with loads of energy, and my interests are designing, listening to music, going out with friends to have a good time, spending time with family and knitting. I don’t have a favorite meal, but I know the best meals are done by my mother. One positive habit that I have is that I adapt to situations easily. I’m a Christian and I believe in a young woman’s values such as divine nature and individual worth.(additions and subtractions anyone?)

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
My country Ghana really is the gateway to Africa. It was formerly known as the Gold coast due its rich possession of gold. I am proud to say that Ghana was the first colonized country to gain independence from the British rule under the leadership of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. We are also one of the most peaceful nations in Africa and most African countries emulate or try to emulate us. Visitors, who arrive here, are always awed by our genuine kindness and hospitality. The governance of Ghana practices democracy and every four years we hold presidential and parliamentary elections to elect our president and parliamentary members. Ghana has a lot of tribes and each tribe is known for its special qualities in terms of art, food, clothing, language, songs, dance, etc. During the year, there are a number of traditional festivals that attract both the local people as well as tourists. In addition to the minerals Ghana possesses e.g. gold, diamond, bauxite and a vast vegetation, we recently discovered oil in one of the regions close to the shores.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
I feel very happy almost bursting with excitement that I will be representing my country! For me I feel privilege that out of all the 19 beautiful contestants during the Miss Ghana competition I was chosen. For a girl like me, this opportunity doesn’t come by often, it’s a once in a life time chance and I plan to make the very best out of it. I am grateful to my country for their support and I want to say I am deeply honored and humbled by their decision to let me represent them at the 61st Miss World contest.

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
I would choose Superwoman by Alicia Keys. The song talks about women in various fields working miracles, changing lives through the work in their own little way to make the world a better place. The song inspired me to do better and that’s what motivated me to join in the Miss Ghana 2010 competition. I wanted to do the little I could to help and serve my country, to be selfless. And that’s what a superwoman does, she puts the needs of others first.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
A typical day for me is very busy and unpredictable. It starts with being at the office at around 9am.There, I work on my project, that’s the paper work aspects, and other charity works. Depending on the day, I am interviewed on various media avenues, including radio and TV stations. Going for scheduled meetings with donor companies and other companies that are willing to sponsor my project.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Ten years from now, I see myself as very successful, in terms of money and also in terms of being able to impact the society in a positive way. Though I will not have my crown then, I pray that I will still be able to use the Miss Ghana name and hopefully the Miss World brand to do a lot for my country, Africa and possibility the World.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I admire Yaa Asantewaa the Queen Mother of Ejisu of the Ashanti Region (one of the ten regions in my country). In the Ashanti tribe, the Queen Mothers have the authority to choose a king and she has the final say. Yaa Asantewaa became very instrumental in protecting the Golden Stool, the symbol for Unity for the Ashanti kingdom from our colonial rulers, the British. She led war against the British army and fought to her death for her people. She fought for what she believed was positive and right for her family and nation. She was a true mother,wife and citizen of Ghana. Yaa defines a woman with strengthen, patriotism, discipline and determination. Her efforts brought the people together to protect what held them as one people and today she is in every history book of Ghana.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
This is a very tricky question because I love my country and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. But, if I had to choose another location I would want to choose a country that is safe, calm, friendly people, great hospitality, and rich culture and stable economically

9. After the Sendai Earthquake, nuclear energy has become a focus of attention. Are you in favor or against the use of this kind of energy as a way to reduce the dependence on oil?
The first way to tackle this issue is to understand what nuclear energy is and how it can be used to reduce the dependence on oil in terms of fuel and other products and services. Many times we hear of nuclear energy being used as a weapon of mass destruction, but if this can be changed to a more useful avenue then I think it’s a good idea. So far as nuclear energy is safe, environmentally friendly and cost effective then I support it. It would be another problem if this energy is not affordable and available to countries all over the world especially countries in Africa, South America, Asia.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
With all due respect to the various countries and their system, I think the worst kind of human injustice is the way women and children are treated.

11. What are your duties as Miss Ghana?
My duties as Miss Ghana range from supporting my sponsors just as they supported the Miss Ghana Pageant. My face is used to represent their brand through TV commercials, billboards, newspapers ads etc. I also embark on a number of charity projects when I'm able to. I'm invited to a lot of educational and sometimes entertaining events where I am sometimes expected to give speeches. There's also the paperwork aspect of being Miss Ghana, where I'm expected to present a weekly report to management.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
Facebook and Twitter as examples of social media have become an important platform for advertisement, a medium to reach out to people across the globe, etc. the role is very crucial as this can make or unmake a person especially those in the public domain. It can serve as a means to reach out to your fans and the people that support you, a platform to advertise and solicit for funds for a project, to keep people updated on your activities, etc. however it can also ruin your reputation, infringe on your privacy, it can be a medium where someone can easily create a bad image about you. So I think these platforms should be used with caution.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
To me being a human being simply means to have life, make mistakes and learn from experiences.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
I believe my purpose in life is to be a provider especially for those who are not able to help themselves. I believe I have started fulfilling this in a small way through the little but thoughtful donations I make to charity homes and less privileged areas in Ghana.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
First and for most, believe in God, work on your aspirations and dreams, never compare yourself to any other woman or man. And surely with hard work and discipline you will surely make it through to the top.

and finally...
Personal Motto: Never look down upon yourself
Personal Goal: Inspiring lawyer and economist
Personal Dream Destination: Maldives
Favorite Food: Fufu and light soup
Favorite Color: Purple and lime green
Favorite Song: Superwoman by Alicia Keys
Favorite Movie: The Lord of the Rings
Favorite Book: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Favorite Singer/Band: Adele
Favorite Actor/Actress: Taraji P. Henson
Favorite Hobby: Swimming, dancing, laughing and watching TV
Favorite Sport: Swimming, basketball and athletics


Stephanie Adwoa Adjeiwaa Karikari
, Miss Ghana 2010

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