On Friday June 28th a panel of esteemed Ghanaian American judges chose Afua Osei, representing the Upper East Region as Miss Ghana USA 2013. Popular YFM host Papa Sly flew from Ghana to host the competition along with New York based Juliet Amoah from the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City.
Afua Osei, the 26-year-old beauty from Bowie, Maryland, is a Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy graduate of the University of Chicago. She started her career in politics working for EMILY’s List and also served as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia and White House intern in the Office of First Lady Michelle Obama. Afua also won Miss Congeniality from her fellow contestants who voted her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant.
As Miss Ghana USA 2013, Afua will advance her platform of “Empowering and Connecting the Next Generation of African Female Business Leaders” in Ghanaian communities across the United States and Ghana. She will implement her platform by connecting young Ghanaian women with mentors, professional development seminars, and networking events in the United States and Ghana. She is also a partner of Next Wave Africa: Women’s Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition, preparing young women to pitch their business ideas and raising money to provide seed funding to budding female entrepreneurs.
Miss Ghana USA was founded in 2009 by Gloria Opare to promote young women of Ghanaian heritage and to offer them an avenue to achieve their goals and carry out social and humanitarian initiatives. The organization’s mission is to find and promote exceptional women with a strong interest in education, humanitarian issues and the Ghanaian culture. For more information visit: http://www.missghanausa.org.
Throughout the two-hour event contestants showcased their beauty, poise, intellect and personality competing in the following categories: swimsuit, talent, evening gown, and interview. The judging panel for the Miss Ghana USA competition included Chief Judge Isaac Babu-Boateng, Chairman of Face2Face Africa, Sandra Appiah of Face2Face Africa, Kobina Brew-Hammond of Arik Airlines, and Emmanuel Dadson of Digital Management Inc.
The event was sponsored by Arik Airlines, Fashmimi, Face2Face Africa, Applause Africa Magazine, MUI PR, Shea Cares, AdRev World, Rock Me Africa Magazine, Royal Design, Primus Hub, and Dolsh Radio. DJ Universe provided luxury music for the competition and after party.
To help Afua empower and connect the next generation of African female business leaders, email her at MissGhanaUSA2013@gmail.com.