The journey to crown a new queen for Ghana’s most celebrated beauty pageant kicked off Sunday with glamour, style, and class.
Now the reference point for beauty pageants, TV3’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful (GMB) reality show launched again Sunday night in a very colourful ceremony live on TV.
This year, 16 beautiful, eloquent, and talented ladies, representing all the 16 regions of Ghana, are eying the most sought after crown when it comes to pageants in Ghana.
Meet the 16 contestants:
Region: Upper East
Name: Dobil Mmabil Talata Sandra
Stage name: Talata
Education: Graduate of Koforidua Technical University
Age: 22 years
Work: National Service personnel at Tema Metropolitan Assembly
Hobbies: Acting, reading, and dancing
Winning GMB: Winning GMB will be a dream come through because I have a passion for it. It will also enable me to better up myself and also to help embark on my projects.
About herself in 100 words: My name is Dobil Mmabil Talata Sandra. I am 22 years old. I am from the Upper East Region of Ghana, Damologu in the Nabdan District to be specific and currently staying in Tema with my family. I am a graduate of Koforidua Technical University and I offered Public Administration. I attended Our Lady Of Mercy Senior High in Tema. I had my junior high school education at St. Margaret School Complex Tema New Town.
I am the last child of my parents’, out of four. I love reading, acting, singing, and playing basketball. Tuozafi and Beti is my favourite delicacy. I want to be a lawyer in a few years to come.
Region: Central Region
Name: Mercy Afua Fiankobea Nartey
Stage name: Afriyie
Education: Degree in Social Work
Work: Assistant Sanitation Officer
Hobbies: Cooking, singing, reading and research, Counseling
Winning GMB: This to me is the biggest platform to put my region out here to seek for them the help they need.
About herself in 100 words: My name is Mercy Afua Fiankobea Nartey. I was born in Tarkwa, the western part of Ghana. I come from a family of six. We are four siblings, three boys, and one girl. I had my junior high school education in my mother’s hometown Saltpond then moved from there to Greater Accra Region, where I had both my senior high school education and tertiary education. At the tertiary level, I did a combination of Sociology Social Work but Social Work preferably the main Major. I love giving to people who lack if I have. I love cooking, reading, and singing.
Region: Upper west
Name: Molly Maalinuo Dasoberi
Stage name: Maali
Hobbies: Reading, swimming dancing
Winning GMB: Because it is a pillar stone to establishing a more convenient way for achieving projects that will develop our communities and country as a whole.
About herself in 100 words: Molly Dasoberi Maalinuo is my name and I am 20 years of age. I am currently at the University of Education, Winneba, offering English Eucation as a course. I am an open book and love to listen to people. I adapt very well and I listen to advice. My favorite colour is black.
I speak English, Dagaare and Waali, I understand a bit of Twi and Frafra. I believe that if one has a dream, he or she should have the confidence to go after it.
Name: Christiana Abibata Gabby-Hayes
Stage name: Abiba
Work: Businesswoman and aspiring Human Resource practitioner
Hobbies: Sports, cooking, acting, reading, and surfing the internet.
Winning GMB: To drive economic empowerment program for the women in my region and by and large expand it to other regions.
About herself in 100 words: I am Christiana Abibata Gabby-Hayes, 27 years of age. I am married with a daughter.
I was born and raised in Damongo, Savannah Region but I’ve had extensive travels in the south, central, and eastern parts of Ghana. I attended Central University College and graduated with BSc Honors in Human Resource Management. I am done with National Service and running my own business of sales of men, women, and kids wear/accessories.
I am ambitious and passion-driven. I thrive on challenges and constantly set goals for myself, so I have something to strive toward. I’m not comfortable with settling, and I’m always looking for an opportunity to do better and achieve greatness.
I am passionate about programs and projects which bring economic empowerment to women. I am highly organised, I’m a people person, I’m a natural leader, I am results-oriented, I am an excellent communicator.
I see myself in the next five years as a professional Human Resource Practitioner and Consultant as well as a role model to women, especially from my region.
Region: Bono East
Name: Maame Ama Asaah Yeboah
Stage name: Asaa
Age: 26 years
Work: Procurement Officer
Hobbies: Reading, watching basketball, and cooking.
Winning GMB: To be an advocate to inspire young women to take up responsibilities and leadership roles in society and the corporate world.
About herself in 100 words: Maame Ama Asaah Yeboah is my name, I’m 26 years old. I am one of four siblings, I’m a Bono by tribe, and I hail from Techiman in the Bono East Region. I am a Procurement Officer by profession; I studied at Sunyani Technical University where I read Purchasing and Supply as a course. I have experience in bulk oil distribution and oil marketing. Currently, I work for Frimps Oil Company Limited. My favourite food is Yam-Fufu with Abunabu with snails, crabs, and grasscutter. My role model is Dr. Joyce Aryee; she’s just and firm and has made a change in the history of Ghana. I’ve always loved to inspire people especially young women to take that bold step when there is a chance to lead. I was the first female to be called S.R.C Secretary in the history of my school (SHS) and the youngest serving Women’s Commissioner in my tertiary school days. My guiding principle in life has been: Beauty without a skill or a career is meaningless.
Name: Borney Janet
Stage name: Ayanji
Age: 24 years
Hobbies: Dancing and cooking
Winning GMB: I joined GMB because I want to showcase my rich culture and traditions to the world, and also learn other cultures and improve on myself. Also, I want to impact society by empowering young teenagers who have been victims of teenage pregnancy and are being abandoned; to improve on themselves and become better and stronger after birth and still chase their dreams and ambitions to reach their goals.
About herself in 100 words: My name is Janet Borney Akua. I come from a family of six. Growing up, I loved being this young girl who will always put smiles on the faces of others.
That passion kept growing and now one of my biggest dreams is to impact other people’s life. Due to this, I chose nursing as my profession to care and treat people with love and passion. I’m ambitious and driven. I also love to challenge myself. And I’m always looking for an opportunity to do better and achieve greatness.
Name: Stella Afia Sarpomaa Ampadu
Stage name: Afia
Age: 21 years
Hobbies: Working out, listening to music, and cooking
Winning GMB: I want to win GMB because I need this platform to educate the youth about the need to take care of their emotional and mental health in this modern era where because of social media one has the luxury of having a glimpse of another person’s life and can’t help but compare it to theirs and feel as if they aren’t doing enough.
About herself in 100 words: I am Stella Afia Sarpomaa Ampadu. I was born on the 11th of June 1999 in Accra Ghana. I come from Kato in the Bono Region. Currently, I am still in Business Administration at the University of Ghana.
I believe self-improvement is one of the best ways one gives power to himself or herself, therefore I am a strong advocate for taking good care of one’s physical, spiritual, and most importantly emotional health. That is why I enjoy activities such as exercising, cooking, listening to music, and meditating. I am very generous and highly intuitive person.
Name: Tracy Zuweira Abdul Wahab
Stage name: Zuzu
Work: National Service
Hobbies: Cooking, reading and watching soccer
Winning GMB: I want to win GMB 2020 because I’ll like to use the platform to advocate for girl-child education by focusing on parent sensitization on the importance of educating their girl child and to empower young women in my region and beyond to become better versions of themselves.
About herself in 100 words: Tracy Zuweira Abdul Wahab is my name. A 25-year-old graduate of Ghana Institute of Journalism where I studied Communications and Journalism. I had my basic education at Future Scholars Academy in Savelugu and continued to Bright Star Preparatory and JHS in Goaso. Studied General Arts in Afua Kobi Ampem Girls’ SHS and Serwaa Kesse Girls’ SHS.
I’m the third born of my parents. I come from Savelugu in the Northern Region. I like to cook, love to eat, read, and watch soccer. My favourite food is Tuozaafi with dry Okro and my favourite football club is Barcelona. I like to learn and experience new things from people. My philosophy in life is that I believe life presents us with greater opportunities that make this world a better place.
Name: Abena Antwiwaa Dapaah Diana
Stage Name: Abena
Age: 23 years
Education: Tertiary (College of Health and Wellbeing, Kintampo)
Work: Medical Laboratory Technologist (National Service Personnel at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital)
Hobbies: Public Speaking, acting, listening to music
Winning GMB: I want to win GMB because it’s a platform that can help me to get exposure and it will enable me to embark on my project; that is Child Abuse. I chose Child Abuse because it is so disheartening to hear that a lot of children are being abused every day in Ghana. Please let’s remember always that children are the future leaders and must be treated with utmost attention, care, and love.
Region: North East
Name: Samira Yennube Kombat
Stage name: Yennube
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Business Studies – UDS
Work: Administrative Assistant (NSP)
Hobbies: Reading and Cooking
Winning GMB: 1. To leverage on the GMB brand to promote girl-child education among the people of the North East Region, Ghana, and Africa at large.
2. To build social capital through networking and brand mentoring via the prestigious GMB platform.
About herself in 100 words: Samira Yennube Kombat, preferably Yennube is a Bimoba, from Bimbagu in the North East Region of Ghana. Yennube is a compassionate and loving person with a passion for girl-child education. I am a team builder who adapts to a new environment with ease. Yennube is a product of UDS with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Integrated Business Studies. I am currently an Administrative/Teaching Assistant at MIST for my National Service. My experiences span through girl child education with ILC Africa. I aspire to represent the people of the North East Region in this year’s Ghana Most Beautiful pageant.
Name: Freeman Matilda Makafui
Stage name: Kafui
Hobbies: Poetry, singing and playing volleyball
Winning GMB: I believe GMB is the outstanding pageant in Ghana which aims at promoting development through culture and unity, therefore, arousing my interest to help educate Ghanaians not to lose their true identity. I also believe GMB can give me the right exposure with the platform it offers for me to impact positively in society. Lastly, it would be an honor to acquire the enviable crown, car, cash prize and the bragging right to be called GMB 2020
About herself in 100 words: My name is Freeman Matilda Makafui. I am 24 years and a trained teacher currently doing my national service. I love to read, sing, act, and do poetry. I spend my free time on an excursion or playing volleyball. My favourite food is Banku with Okro soup. I believe if it must be enjoyed, then it must be done. And if it must be done, it must be done well. I also aspire to become a very prominent figure so as to give back and impact society positively.
Name: Anim Maame Ofosuaah
Stage name: Ofosua
Education: University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA)
Age: 24 years
Work: Parliament House (Hansard Department)
Hobbies: Reading, watching movies, listening to Music
Winning GMB: No one was born on earth for no purpose. No one was born to this world empty, we all have gifts and talents God has deposited inside of us to exhibit; share to the world and let the world see the light of God shine inside of us, for that I believe I’m not exempted so I’d have to die empty saying “IT IS FINISHED”.
Also, if no one sees the light in you shine; they don’t see what your potentials are and what you’re capable of doing. This platform and me winning this year’s pageant would expose me to the world and enable me to influence my community; put my country on the map so they’d see we’re blessed and gifted (we don’t live on trees with tree figs wrapped around us). I’d also be able to share my quota in helping those that are visually impaired, as I have a slight problem and I know how I feel about it. Obviously, they feel worse because they are not able to see this beautiful world God has brought them into.
About herself in 100 words: I am Maame Ofosuaah Anim, the last born out of four girls. I live with my family at Adenta Housing Down. I read Marketing in the university and attend church at Victory Presbyterian Adenta Frafraha. I love to act so most of my friends say I’m dramatic. I am a horrible dancer (lol) I’m really bad at dancing but I believe I got some good moves.
I love to appreciate the world because life is all we got and we have to live it well, being extremely selfless and loving each other. Doing what we do best and praising God each day for how far we’ve come. I read a lot because it gives me a wider mind on some issues (but I’m very careful with what I read because I’m quite sensitive). I don’t want to read something that would influence me negatively. I love myself because I know I was beautifully and wonderfully made by God.
Name: Bridget Gyamena
Stage name: Achiaa
Work: National Service Personnel
Hobbies: Reading, listening to music, and writing
Winning GMB: Winning Ghana’s Most Beautiful will give me the platform to impact positively on my society and the nation at large with the project I have in mind, which is, taking young girls through vocational training and equipping them with leadership and entrepreneurial skills for their business startup.
What this project seeks to do is to provide business avenues to young ladies who may be a bit deprived due to certain unfavourable circumstances in their lives. It is my desire to see young ladies like myself do good for themselves and I seek to achieve this goal.
About herself in 100 words: I am from Kona in the Ashanti Region, Kona is located in the Sekyere South District of the Ashanti Region. I am the firstborn of my mum and the second born of my late dad, may his soul rest in perfect peace. I am a true African woman, a woman of substance. I’m hardworking, optimistic, brave, and honest. I love to sing, dance, and act. During my leisure time, one will find me either reading, writing, or listening to some good musical tunes. Fun fact about me is I am obsessed with my beautiful black skin.
Region: Western North
Name: Regina Ofori
Stage name: Adjoa
Education: Tertiary (Wiawso College Of College )
Hobbies: Cooking, Dancing, and Singing
Winning GMB: As Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey said and I quote “if you educate a man you educate an individual but if you educate a woman you educate a whole nation”, if I, Regina Ofori with stage name Adjoa as a contestant of GMB 2020 representing the Western North Region, win this pageant I want to promote girl-child education in the country especially my community, Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai Municipal Area because girls in my area have less knowledge about education and want to use this opportunity to help them realise the importance of education not only in academic but also in a trade that will help them to achieve something beneficial which will also help to promote mother Ghana and make us uniquely and exceptionally African.
About herself in 100 words: My name is Regina Ofori. I am 26 years of age and I come from Sefwi Bekwai in the Western North Region. I am a trained teacher, I love to cook, sing, and dance. My philosophy in life is to make improvements not excuses and that’s why I want to use my passionate and selfless attitude to help the people in my region and Ghana as a whole.
Name: Lydia Efua Wilson
Stage name: Efua
Education: Final year (Accra Technical University)
Work: Personal Assistant to Roselyn Ngissah
Hobbies: Cooking, reading, listening to music, watching movies, and documentary
Winning GMB: I want to win GMB 2020, in order to have the platform where I can advocate for women with darker skin tone while empowering them and educating women on the effects of skin bleaching, I will also like to embark on my main project, “RAPE AND ITS CONSEQUENCES ON WOMEN”. Rising Against Rape and through this l believe l can also better myself, and be a role model to other generations.
About herself in 100 words: I have always been a passionate person, I take my heart wherever I go. If my heart isn’t in it, I won’t go after it. I push myself very hard and always want to do my best. I am proud of my heritage and my culture. I am my own fighter and l work hard for what l believe in, respect, honesty, dedicated, God-fearing, good self-esteem, a goal-getter, and above all, I am disciplined, committed, optimistic, intelligent and a woman of integrity.
Region: Greater Accra
Name: Naa Dedei Botchwey
Stage name: Naa
Education: Central University College (BA) GIJ (MA)
Work: Advertising (Social Media Management)
Hobbies: Reading, and sightseeing
Winning GMB: GMB provides a great platform for me to champion the causes that I care about with the support of the people who matter and in the context of the things that matter: My true identity and my culture.
About herself in 100 words: I love a good challenge because it keeps me growing. I believe in developing myself so that I can give back in a way that benefits society and improves lives. My hobbies allow me to keep growing when I am not working or getting an education. This is my way of ensuring that I am a useful person for my family and my country. I constantly uphold humility and community because I believe nothing useful can be achieved without the two. These are the values I bring on board as I work towards becoming Ghana’s Most Beautiful 2020.