By Gifty Arthur
The Upper West Regional representative of this year’s Ghana Most Beautiful reality show, Bentie Abigail Baciara, was last Sunday decorated with the prestigious crown at the finals at Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).
She drove home a Hyundai saloon car and a cheque amount of GH¢10,000, one year supply of wax print from GTP, and souvenirs from the sponsors.
Born some twenty two (22) years ago, Baci, as she was affectionately called on stage, is the eighth winner of the show, after representatives from the Central, Greater Accra, Ashanti, Northern, Eastern, Volta and Upper East Regions, were crowned in the years past.
She beat stiff competition from Lamine, Ewoe, Ama, representing Upper East, Volta and Eastern Regions respectively.
Baci, a graduate of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Wa Campus, was followed by Ewoe, a graduate from the Ghana Institute Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), who took home GH¢7,000 supply of wax print from GTP and other products from sponsors.
The Third place went to Ama, an Environmental Scientist from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), who went with GH¢6,000 and wax print from GTP and products from sponsors, while Lamine received GH¢5,000 and products from sponsors.
Fans and viewers at home were thrilled to a very memorable show.
Baci, in the course of the 13-week competition, won the enviable best performer category, this was announced by the judges, David Dontoh, Linda Ampah and Maame Akua, and so it did not surprise many, when she was proclaimed winner of the eighth season.
For her personal project, the light-skinned beauty queen from Tumu, will focus on promoting primary education in her region and as explained in the course of the show, she will extend it to the rest of the country, using indigenous communication, participatory and bottom up approach among others.
The show, which is the brain child of TV3 Network, is one reality show, which promotes Ghana’s national unity amongst the regions, its people, culture and values of the ten regions, exhibited by the ten beautiful young women, who are mandated to showcase these rich cultures.
On the night, the four finalists, entertained fans with performances such as fashion and modeling category, talent hunt, and most importantly, the “question and answer” section where they were made to answer questions bothering on the projects they had adopted, while entering into the show.
In the exhibition of talents, Lamin, whose theme was centred on the “power of music” sang soothing old hilife songs (adada mu), while Ama broadcasted news in the Akan language.
Baci, posed as a law enforcement officer, who did not only arrest offenders of the law, but educated the public on dangers of abusing drugs, Ewoe on the other hand, enlightened unsuspecting members of the public on confident tricksters and fraudsters.
She also impressed the judges with the articulation of her answer during the question and answer section, after which she was crowned the best of them all.
The night was made complete with performances from the likes of ”king of the street” Kwaw Kesse, Guru, D-Flex and Old Soldja a.k.a Asa Kalifa.
Some of the dignitaries that graced the popular show were Minister for the Interior, Mark Woyongo, and former Minster for Roads and Highways and now Minister for the Upper West Region Alhaji Amidu Sulemana, President of African University College, Kojo Yankah, chief and queen mothers, as well as past queens and evictees of the show, were all present.