Miss Ghana is the biggest and oldest national beauty pageant in Ghana. Established in 1957, the year of Ghana's inepenence, it has produced over 26 titleholders. The pageant is responsible for sending a representative to Miss World and Miss ECOWAS/CEDEAO.
The winner uses her position to speak on behalf of many charities, and dedicates her year of reign to promote the cause of a specific charity of her choice. In 2006, Ghana's representative at Miss World, Lamisi Mbillah won the Beauty with a Purpose Award for her work on Guinea Worm
The winner signs a one-year contract with the pageant organiser to become the spokesperson for their various charities. In addition, she chooses a specific cause to support for the year of her reign. The current Miss Ghana is Stephanie Karikari who won the title on 30 October 2010 in Ghana’s capital city, Accra.
The current titleholder is Guissepina Nana Akua Baafi
Only three Miss Ghana titleholders have advanced to the next level of a Miss World Pageant (Martha Vroom in 1967 and Lamisi Mbilla in 2005).
Miss ECOWAS/CEDEAO has produced one winner from Ghana (Matilda Alomatu in 1995)
(see list of titleholders below)
1957 Monica Amekoafia
1958 (no pageant)
1959 Star Nyaniba Annan
1960 Comfort Kwamena
1961-1966 (no pageant)
1967 Araba Martha Vroom
1968 Lovell Rosebud Wordie
1969-1985 (no pageant)
1986 Magdalene Adjabeng
1987 Augustina Henaku
1988 Dzidzo Abra Amoa
1989 Afua Amoah Bonsu
1990 Bridgitte Dzorgbenuku
1991 (no pageant)
1992 (no pageant)
1993 (no pageant)
1994 Matilda Aku Alomatu
1995 Manuela Medie
1996 Shiela Azuntaba
1997 Benita Golomeke
1998 Efia Owusuaa Marfo
1999 Mariam Sugri Bugri
2000 Ewurafua Hawkson
2001 Selasi Kwawu
2002 Shaida Buari
2003 Serena Naa Ashi Roye
2004 Inna Patty
2005 Lamisi Mbilla
2006 Irene Dwomoh
2007 Frances Takyi-Mensah
2008 Mawusi Apea
2009 Mimi Areme
2010 Stephanie Karikari
2011 Stephanie Karikari
2012 Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter
2013 Guissepina Nana Akua Baafi
- This was Ghana’s debut at Miss World
- Araba Martha Vroom became the first ever Miss Ghana titleholder to advance beyond the first round and into the Top 15. In that year the top 15 were called quarterfinalists.
- Ghana hadn’t competed since 1959
- Ghana returned to Miss World with Dzidzo Amoa after a twenty-year break.
- Even though Miss Ghana 1990 was Bridgitte Dzorgbenuku, she didn’t represent Ghana at Miss World.
- Ghana was represented at Miss World by Dela Tamakloe, who also represented Ghana in Miss Universe 1991.
- No pageant was held in Ghana, however Jamilla Haruna Danzuru represented Ghana at Miss World 1991 as well as Miss Universe 1993.
- She went on to compete in Miss International 1994 under the ticket of Nigeria. She is one of a handful of delegates to have competed in 3 of the four biggest pageants in the world.
- After a two-year break, Ghana returned to Miss World with Matilda Aku Alomatu . She didn’t place at that pageant but became the first (and only) Miss Ghana titleholder to win the Miss ECOWAS/CEDEAO title.
- Manuela Medie won the Best Evening Wear Award (a dress designed by Joyce Ababio). This was the first time this award was ever given at Miss World. The other first time award was Best Swimwear, which went to Miss Isreal.
- Manuela Media became 2nd runner-up at Miss ECOWAS/CEDEAO
- Shiela Azuntaba did not place at Miss World 1996, but became 2nd runner-up at Miss ECOWAS/CEDEAO
- Efia Owusuaa Marfo is famous for slipping down on stage during the Day Wear Presentation in the Miss World finals. She is however not the only delegate to suffer this fate at an international pageant. Most notable among the lot is Miss Philippines 1999 who slipped and fell on stage during the preliminary round of the evening gown competition at Miss Universe 1999. She became the 2nd Runner-up after Botswana and Spain.
- Mariam Sugri Bugri was a passenger in a plane crash during her year of reign. Luckily, she survived it.
- Shaida Buari was the tallest delegate at Miss World 2002
- After a change in the organiser of Miss Ghana, this was the first year a Miss Ghana titleholder did not represent Ghana at Miss World in the year of her national reign.
Lamisi Mbilla, who was Miss Ghana 2005, represented Ghana at Miss World 2006. She became the second ever Miss Ghana titleholder to advance to the next round.
She fast-tracked to the semi-finals as the winner of the Beauty with a Purpose Award for her work on Guinea Worm eradication.
- Irene Dwomoh, Miss Ghana 2006, fast-tracked to the semi-finals as the winner of the Miss Talent Award.
- This marked the second year running that Ghana advanced to the semi-finals through a fast-track event.
- Mimi Areme, Miss Ghana 2009, is slotted to represent Ghana at Miss World 2010