Gifty Ofori Court orders Miss Universe organisers to reinstate 2012 winner

Gifty Ofori was stripped of her title hours before crowning the 2013 winner

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The organisers of the Miss Universe Ghana pageant have been ordered by an Accra High Court to reinstate Gifty Ofori as winner of the 2012 edition.

The organisers, Insignia Experience & Roberta Annan consulting, have also been ordered by the court to pay Miss Ofori a sum of GH₵120, 000, and GH₵ 10,000 constituting the remainder of her winning package and legal fees.

Miss Ofori in June 2013 dragged the organisers of the beauty pageant to court for a breach of contract and for illegally stripping her of her title as Miss Universe Ghana.

Her decision to head to court came after the organisers issued a statement that it had stripped Miss Ofori of her title, hours before the crowning of the 2013 Miss Universe Ghana on May 24.


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Miss Ofori’s prize package comprised an official car, accommodation for a year, participation in the 61st Miss Universe pageant in the US, a three-month internship at the United Nations (UN) in New York, and a presentation and modelling portfolio shoot by celebrity photographer Fadil Berisha in New York.

The rest included a Samsung Note 2 phablet, a four-page editorial spread in an international magazine, personal celebrity stylists in New York, Los Angeles and Accra and also management and representation by the Insignia Experience/RAC Group as well as a year of incredible experience of celebrity status and adventure.

But almost a year after the pageant Miss Ofori only received the Samsung Galaxy tablet, represented Ghana at the Miss Universe pageant in the US and also benefited from a photo shoot, the rest of the prize package never came.

She then decided to complain but organisers said they had stripped her of her title for talking to the media; hence her decision to pursue the case in court.


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