12 September 2012

Ghana: Miss Malaika in Night of Culture

Culture is regarded as important in one's life, hence we can not do away with it. Culture was in resplendent display when the Miss Malaika delegates took turns to represent Ghanaian local communities.

The delegates, dressed in traditional attires represented their cultural backgrounds and each delegate spoke extensively about their culture. They were all seated in a form that looked like the good old folk tale night.

Aunty Dzifa was the godmother for the cultural night, and she was assisted by Courtney and Annalia, both foreign students from the United States of America and Saskia from Germany.

The three were present to learn about the cultural background of the delegates and score in their own sense who informed them the best about their culture. Frances and Sharon, both from James Town, popularly referred to as British Accra, set the ball rolling on the night. They spoke about the Homowo festival of the Ga people.

Regina, also a Ga, presented a different aspect of the Ga culture by acting as the Okyeame in a marriage ceremony and gave reasons why some demands are made when asking for a lady's hand in marriage.

Edlyn a Ga Adangbe said the Adangbe's are believed to have migrated from Israel and Nigeria and are experts in fishing and maize farming.

Ella and Sadia, both from the Volta Region explained that the Volta Region came into existence when the first settlers escaped from a wicked king in Togo, by dancing backwards amidst drumming and singing. The backward dancing was done to confuse the wicked king.

Ella from Keta gave the meaning of Keta as 'land of sand' and explained how children are named according to the situations surrounding their birth.

Sonia and Ama, both from the Ashanti Region spoke about the tourist attractions of the Region, such as Lake Bosomtwi and the rich Kente cloth woven in the Ashanti region. Both delegates had fufu and bush meat soup as their favorite, and Akwesidae as the festival to look forward to in the Region.

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