Twenty-three-year-old entrepreneur, Ekua Mends Bannerman, representing the Central Region has been crowned the winner for Ghana’s Most Beautiful 2019.

The finale of the 13 weeks of competition fused with entertainment and education was held at the Accra International Conference Center with season judges including Linda Ampaw on the panel.

She beat off stiff competition from four other finalists, including Enam [Volta Region representative] who was seen by some as the favourite for this year’s crown, to walk home with the ultimate prize.

Akua becomes the second person from her region to win the GMB crown. Ama first won the crown in 2007.

Ekua gets a brand new car, a cash prize of 10,000 cedis, a round trip to Dubai courtesy Camel Antiseptic’s ‘Buy and Fly and one year supply of GTP fabric among other souvenirs from sponsors.

Volta region’s Enam, born Anita Mawuena Bossoh
Volta region’s Enam, born Anita Mawuena Bossoh

Volta region’s Enam, born Anita Mawuena Bossoh, who gave Ekua a good run, came second, walking away with a cash prize of 8,000 cedis, a round trip to Dubai and six-months supply of GTP fabric.

Serwaa from the Ashanti Region
Serwaa from the Ashanti Region

Serwaa from the Ashanti Region, who was evicted but got a second chance to prove her mettle, eventually took third place. She receives a cash prize of 6,000 cedis, a trip to Dubai and a three-month supply of GTP fabric.

Western North representative, Saah, placed fourth and walks home with 4,000 cedis cash and a month supply of GTP fabric.

Saah from Western Region
Saah from Western Region

The fifth spot went to Ayisha who represented the Upper East Region in the competition. She also won the Best Model [golden shoe award] for the night. Ayisha receives a cash prize of 2,000 cedis and a month supply of GTP fabric.

Ayisha from the Upper East Region
Ayisha from the Upper East Region

The final night saw great performances from the legendary Ga band, Wulomei, and ‘zanku’ hitmakers Dope Nation as well as Adina.

The event was attended by some past queens and contestants of Ghana’s Most Beautiful pageant.

The 2019 Ghana’s Most Beautiful pageant was on the theme: ‘Black and Proud’ and for the first time, had 16 contestants from all the regions who throughout the competition, projected their respective cultures to the world.