By Gifty Arthur
Few days after successfully organizing the eighth edition of the popular Ghana Most Beautiful pageant, TV3 Network limited, has presented the prizes to the four finalists.
The four, Baci, Ewoe, Ama and Lamine, after given off some spectacular performances at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) few days ago, received their prizes at a short ceremony on the premises of the station.
Winner, Abigail Baciara Bentie, known on stage as stage Baci, received the key to a brand new Hyundai Accent saloon car, a cheque for GH¢10,000.00, a year’s wardrobe worth GH¢6,000, and one year supply of fabrics from GTP.
The Upper West representative, will also be provided with a year’s supply of make-up products from Zaron Cosmetics and one year grooming services from 2nd Image.
First runner-up, who doubles as the Volta Regional contestant, Solace Ewoenam Ekpedzor, took home a cheque for GH¢7,000.00, six months supply of fabrics from GTP and six months supply of make-up products from Zaron Cosmetics.
Eastern Regional representative, who came third , Nana Ama Odame Okyere, went home with a cheque for GHC6, 000, three months supply of fabrics from GTP and three months supply of make-up products from Zaron Cosmetics.
The Fourth winner, Carla Bongkoyire Cornelius, otherwise known as Lamine from the Upper East Region, received a cheque for GHC5, 000.00, one month supply of fabrics from GTP and one month supply of make-up products from Zaron Cosmetics.
There were other sponsors, Opanka and ORS, who presented hampers to each contestant for their sterling performances. Ashanti Regional representative, Abena Ofori-Acheampong, who was evicted before the finale was honoured with a hamper for being “The Best Cook”, beaten the nine other ladies.
Raymond Ekpedzor, “Highest Texter” who happened to be the elder brother of Ewoe, was awarded with a 42 inch LED television set. He told this paper he spent an amount of GH¢3,500 to come tops.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), who presented Baci with the UNDP Ball, aimed at campaigning against HIV-AIDS on the night of her crown at the AICC was presented with guidelines to lead them pursue their individual projects.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TV3 Network Limited, Mr. Augustus Dickson Bamfo, who led the four finalists in signing a contract between them and the television station, expressed satisfaction over the completion of the show.
He tasked the ladies to remember the new status they have been raised to and urged them to remember the roles his outfit played in getting them to that level.
“TV3 has made you who you are now”, he intimated to the four ladies, who were supported by families, friends and the six other evictees from the Northern, Brong Ahafo, Central, Western, Ashanti and Greater Accra Regions.
The Head of Brands at TV3 Network Limited, Felix Dontoh, said his outfit has over the years transformed reality shows into a different perspective. According to him, the ladies as part of the rule governing the show, were made to sign three different contracts, most important of which is the one covering the four finalists.
He said per the contract, anyone, groups or organizations interested in working with the ladies, will have to contact the station at no cost. “The contract is very flexible and anybody who wants to do business with the ladies will have to contact us”, he said.
Mr. Dontoh, said the contract existed for the interest of the ladies and nothing else. Speaking on behalf of her colleagues; Baci, thanked TV3 Network, friends, supporters and family for winning the ultimate.
The 22 year-old University of Development Studies (UDS) graduate, said that though winning the crown, the cash and the car were very important, using her position to impact on many Ghanaians was the most important thing.