By Gifty Arthur
The three northern regions comprising of the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions have for years been described as very volatile regions due to the many conflicts and petty tribal differences witnessed among the various ethnic groups in that part of Ghana.
Though most of these areas have for some time now been peaceful, a beauty pageant, dub “Miss Samanpiid” to promote lasting peace in especially Bawku of the Upper East Region, is being organized to promote the peace agenda.
It is a peaceful pageant that is seeking to crown, a daughter and an indigene of Bawku to champion and advocate for continuous and consistent peace in the Upper East Region.
Samanpiid, is a thanksgiving festival celebrated by the Kusaasi people and it is celebrated in Bawku by the Chiefs and People of Bawku Traditional Area every year in December.
Themed “Our festival and the need for peace”, Miss Samanpiid which comes off on December 27 with various event such as auditioning, media launch and camping spearheading it, has Bawku Senior High School as the venue for the grand event.
“Miss Samanpiid”, will bring young ladies between the ages of 18-26, under one roof and the competition will be used to create awareness and the need to promote peace and stability in the area and to showcase the rich culture and tradition of the region.
It will promote cultural and tourism heritage of the various communities in the region, preserve their cultural heritage and also teach the younger generation, the priceless values which are quickly being forgotten because their culture has been ignored for ages.
Proceeds from the pageant will be used to register the less privileged in the communities under the National Health Insurance Scheme as a research conducted by the Legal Resource Centre (LRC)in the Bongo and West Mamprusi Districts have shown that high poverty rate in the area accounted for people’s inability to register and renew their NHIS membership.
The organizers, Linmart Media Solutions and Hajia Zenabu Salifu, by this medium are calling on all well meaning Ghanaians, especially the corporate world, indigenes of Bawku and Upper East Region in general to lend a hand in a form of sponsorship to support this laudable show which promises to be a memorable one.