In 2017, Benedicta Nana Adjei earned the Miss Culture title for her ‘Loremipsum performance’ as a Miss Tourism Ghana contestant. Now, she is selling her passion for Ghanaian culture to Tokyo, as a contestant for the 58th annual Miss International 2018.
Wearing braids done by a skilled Ghanaian stylist and a chic ensemble made of DaViva prints, Adjei flew out of Kotoka International Airport’s newly built Terminal 3 on Saturday, October 20, via Ethiopian Airlines. She has made it a point of sporting a wardrobe of made-in-Ghana looks since she touched down in Japan.
“I really want to give the judges, my fellow contestants, and everyone I meet a taste of Ghanaian swag,” said Adjei, who goes by the nickname ‘Bendy.’
“As a contestant representing Ghana, I know I’m an ambassador for our country, and I want to do all I can to show off our culture from the artistry of our hairstyles to our bold and stylish textiles.”
An enthusiastic advocate of Ghana’s many cultural offerings, Bendy has joined the Miss Tourism Ghana Organization team at events around Ghana, helping raise awareness of tourist sites and celebrate cultural milestones. In 2017, she was with the Team at the World Travel Market in London to promote Ghana’s tourism attractions.
Miss Tourism Ghana and the runner-ups are not stereotypical beauty queens, says Mrs. Delphine J. Brew-Hammond, Miss Tourism Ghana’s Director of Events and Operations.
“We are not training girls to be beautiful faces. We are equipping them with skills and experiences to help them be beautiful citizens of Ghana and the world,” Brew-Hammond said.
From educating students, market women, and the public at large about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to leading clean-up campaigns and promoting sanitation and waste management across Ghana, the Miss Tourism Ghana Ambassadors engage in far more than posed meet-and-greet and photo ops.
Mrs. Brew-Hammond continues, “I stress to the young women that hard work and education are key to not only seizing existing opportunities, but creating new ones for themselves. Their future, and Ghana’s, depends on them taking this responsibility seriously. And if they do take it seriously, there’s nowhere they can’t go, and there’s nothing they can’t do.”
The Miss Tourism Ghana Organization has represented Ghana at Miss International since 2016. In 2017, Miss Tourism Ghana won the Miss International Africa title.
The trip of Miss Tourism Ghana-Miss Culture, Benedicta Nana Adjei, was sponsored by Tang Palace Hotel, Max International, DaViva Fabrics and Ethiopian Airlines.