AUGUSTINA AUSTIN, 20, EMERGES FOGH 2009
After months of intense preparations, fully sponsored weekend treat to the city of Barcelona, not only extensive but also elaborate publicity drive and a night of keen contest and impressive performances by array of top artistes, 20 years old Miss Augustina Austin, aspiring singer and International Business and Management student, 1.72m tall, with vital statistics 35” – 32” – 43” and residing in Pijnacker near Delft emerged the winner of the Face of Ghana Holland Beauty Pageant 2009 out of eleven equally bold and beautiful young ladies.
A team of carefully selected judges was given the responsibility and honour not just to look for the most beautiful lady with fantastic figure but also to decide on who demonstrated outstanding talent and personality to wear the coveted crown as Face of Ghana Holland 2009.
She won for herself €2500.00 cash prize, camera and a return ticket to Ghana. Added to these were a one year model agency contract and a shopping list of beauty products worth €300.00.
The first round and SMS voting scores produced the 'Fabulous five' but not before five deserving contestants were decorated with various titles. Miss Sheila Nsiah won the prize for Miss Photogenic. Miss Stephanie Abrebrese won the prize for Miss Eloquence. Miss Barbara Koomson won the prize for Miss Punctuality. Miss Augustina Austin won the prize for Miss Elegant.
The best three after the second round answered a single question “ What do you intend to do you happen to be crowned Face of Ghana Holland 2009?” from the judges scores, Miss Augustina Austin at this stage emerged the contestant with the most brilliant ambition. The first runner-up, 18 years old Miss Edith Konadu-Yiadom, Fashion Design student, 1.73m tall, with vital statistics 34” – 26” – 37” and residing in Amstelveen Westwijk received €1800.00 cash prize plus HDTV flat panel, one year model agency contract and a shopping list of beauty products worth €200.00. The second runner-up, 19 years old Miss Barbara Koomson, Tourism and Recreation student, 1.81m tall, with vital statistics 34” – 29” – 37” and residing in Tilburg received €1000.00 plus brand new laptop, one year model agency contract and a shopping list of beauty products worth €100.00.
The concept for the event included three pre-Grand Finale information sessions for the contestants as scoring events. This formed 40% of the final scores for crowing the winner. The public was involved in the 40% score by way of SMS voting. The sessions, with active participation by all the 11 contestants, were recorded for showing on a number of TV channels. Questions were also taken from the information received by the contestants (at the sessions) for use during 60% the stage performance component of the event.
The first of the three sessions focused on Education and challenges confronting Ghanaian Youth in The Netherlands, Problem of school dropouts, Security and the spate of shootings in the community and Debt problems among Ghanaian Youth. The second focused on Drug Abuse among the youth, The Youth and HIV/AIDS and Teenage Pregnancy and the third took the form of an interaction/discussion programme with the 11 contestants by youthful personalities on The Challenges on The Way Up.
Other than offering potential avenues where young women can build themselves up in elegance, poise, confidence, communication and public-speaking as well as physical fitness and self-discipline, the pageant, with the slogan, Beauty With A Mission, and full endorsement by the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana, The Hague has, among others, the following set objectives;
1. To open door and provide career and educational opportunities not only to the winner, but also to all the contestants.
2. To offer a potent avenue where young women can build themselves up in elegance, poise, confidence, communication and public speaking, physical fitness and self-discipline.
3. To encourage active involvement of the contestants and particularly the title-holder in, not only community service, public awareness campaigns and diverse charities both here and in Ghana, but also promotion of the corporate image of the organization and its sponsors.
4. To provide positive alternative to the many distractions and destructive activities that lure our young ones into wrong things and choices.
The now crowned Face of Ghana Holland 2009 will, not only serve as a role model for her peers but also for the one-year duration of her reign be very active in diverse charity work both in The Netherlands and Ghana that will be financed partly from the proceeds from the event and other fund raising activities. Her ambition is to create awareness about diabetes – otherwise known as sugar disease, within the Ghanaian community here in The Netherlands and Ghana and to challenge the health authorities in providing adequate information about health and diet especially for diabetes patients.
Lead sponsor of the event is Royal Air Maroc – The Wings of Morroco. Others were Africa Unique Travel, Afro Beauty Centre – Ganzenhoef, The African Bulletin, Colour Agency, Unity Money Services, Ghanaweb.com, Powerlady Magazine, Radio Akasanoma Amsterdam, Ananse Pharmacy, WIPSA, Vice Versa, Recogin FM, Royal Africa Travel, Amsterdam Southeast District Council, Daddy Joe Creations, Susaslin Fashions, Q-Music, GhanaToday.com, NOVA Vacation Tours, ModernGhana.com, Trans Africa Travel, Pofam Import & Export, Girls Girls Salon, Gye Nyame TV, HOG TV, Allied Laser, Life2Live, B2G, ADOM TV and GAM TV. Artistes who performed at the event to the fullest delight of the audience in the overwhelmingly crowded hall included the Super sensational hip-life maestro ASEM, Blakk Rasta of Barack Obama fame, and Juju, the cute prince of Dance Hall music. The compare was ace broadcaster Jessica Opare-Saforo of Citi FM, Accra.