Black is beauty. Black magnificent! Within her lies untold depths of courage, brilliance and beauty, her awesomeness radiating all across the world.
We delve down history lane briefly in honour of the very first Miss Ghana!
The history of Miss Ghana Pageant tracing back to March, 4, 1957 cannot be mentioned without reference to the prestigious title holder Monica Amekoafia, a breathtaking beauty who often elicited stares, according to numerous reports.
The then model, aged 22, upon request from the queen mother of Alavanyo to represent her town for the most beautiful girl in Ghana (The Miss Ghana Beauty Pageant) represented the then Trans-Volta Togoland (Volta Region) with the now famous number 9.
The Miss Ghana Beauty Pageant initiative, the oldest in the country, organized by the Department of Social Welfare was kick-started by the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. It held at the Accra Community Centre to offer the “Independent” Ghanaian woman a platform to positively impact society. This was shortly before the West African country gained independence.
Born in June 1934 at Alavanyo in the Trans-Volta Togoland in the Gold Coast. She would later get married to Ghanaian diplomat, Henry Kofi Marrah in London, United Kingdom, were they settled They were blessed with four children together.
Monica’s later years were spent in Ghana, although a dressmaker by profession, she got engaged in different trades working from home, including tie and dye business and soap making among others.
Her husband, Henry who had after his diplomatic career delved into private business died in September 1985. Monica died from an asthma attack on 24 June 1990, as widely reported.
In her honour, a glorious statue was unveiled Hohoe in the Volta Region of Ghana during the country’s Golden Jubilee celebration.