President of the Creative Arts Council, Mark Okraku Mantey, has revealed that the Council will investigate the raging controversy surrounding the Miss Ghana beauty pageant. According to the Council, it is taking this step to help control issues surrounding the pageant and also help maintain its brand.
Over the weekend, three former winners of the Miss Ghana pageant – Stephanie Karikari (Miss Ghana 2010), Antoinette Delali Kemavor (Miss Ghana 2015) and Giuseppina Nana Akua Baafi (Miss Ghana 2013) – painted the glummest picture of the beauty event till date.
They alleged that they were pimped by the organizers, revealing that the pageant is not as glamorous as it may seem. In an interview with Doreen Avio on Hitz News @1, Mark Okraku Mantey outlined a number of measures that the Creative Arts Council will be investigating to get to the bottom of the saga.
He stressed that giving young ladies as young as 21 years a task to generate an amount of ¢10,000 is unethical.
“…the fact that one side has spoken doesn’t mean it is true but if you tell a young lady as young as 21 years to generate ₵10,000 a month, indirectly, you are asking her to do something that is not right to get the money…I would say it is unethical. If it is true, we are yet to hear the other side of Inna Mariam Patty…” he said.
Mr Mantey, however, noted that the Council is yet to get in touch with the organizers to get their side of the story. He explained that “it is actually not my job now to get in touch with her. It is only prudent for her to defend her brand…”
The President of the Council further added that since there are fewer regulations and policies in the arts sector, people tend to take it for granted. He also noted that the Council is going to put in place structures and regulations to guide the creative arts sector.
The Miss Ghana pageant has been in existence since 1957 and has gone through lots of management and structures. It is now being organised by Exclusive Events Ghana Limited run by Inna Mariam Patty.