All hells broken loose folks! Yayra Nego has been voted Miss Universe Ghana 2011 -and some people just aren’t having it!. Tall, elegant and beautiful with that ubiquitous fair skin that wins you Miss Universe Ghana, Miss Nego who represented her home state of Minnesota as Miss Minnesota USA 2009 -is causing some commotion, but really, -I wish folk would leave this beauty alone and let her do what she's been voted to do, -reign! Ghana Rising sends -big love her way, and prays that this reign brings her all her hearts desires.
Anyway the following comes courtesy of a Facebook page incongruously entitled ‘Who-The-Heck-Is-In-Charge-Of-Miss-Universe-Ghana’ and you can check it out via: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Who-The-Heck-Is-In-Charge-Of-Miss-Universe-Ghana/143490575725890?sk=wall
**Born and raised in Minnesota, Nego was the state representative in Miss USA 2009 and finished as a semifinalist. This is the second year in a row than an American with Ghanaian ancestry competes in Miss Universe.
Awards I surely need some education and convincing on this issue….According to Ameyaw Debrah who sat as a judge alongside Rodney Quarcoo, Valentina Sweetie Forte, Claudia Kwarteng-Lumor, Dehner Henry and Brazilian Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Luis Fernando de Andrade Serra, Miss Yayra Nego (pictured above) has been chosen as Miss Universe Ghana.
Yea, you read me right, she is Miss Universe Ghana 2011. Yayra Nego who has a Ghanaian father from the Volta Region and American mother was picked as the winner of Miss Universe Ghana yesterday at the Movenpick Ambssador Hotel, Accra.
What is my problem here? On a prima facie look, the below are my concerns…
By convention and what I know, the winner of Miss Universe Ghana will represent Ghana as a Ghanaian on the Miss Universe World platform to compete with similar winners from various countries. This begs the question, what does this chick know about Ghana and what can she represent in terms of Ghana?
From the video interview below, the chick does not sound Ghanaian. Do not get me wrong, I am not saying you got to have a thick Ghanaian accent to be embraced as a Ghanaian, but on such platform, being in touch with the culture of the country you represent is fundamental. Can she speak any Ghanaian language? Language is a corner stone to culture.
Miss Yayra Nego could not even understand the questions being asked in the video interview below just because I think the interviewer spoke in the ordinary/common Ghanaian accent. It is obvious from the video that, she was struggling to grab whatever she was being asked with the Ghanaian accent on board.
How Ghanaian is this chick to be crowned Miss Universe Ghana? Don’t you think that on such platforms where national representation is needed, the winner must be a Ghanaian not by virtue of possessing a Ghanaian passport but by being in touch with what Ghana is and stands for?
Probably I am just disappointed as to how a non resident who cannot pass for what I consider Ghanaian (she said she is based in US and Ghana, I bet you she is fully based in USA…lol) has been selected to represent Ghana as Miss Universe Ghana on an international platform. On a prima facie look, this chick has no or little Ghanaian left in her…
What do you guyz think? (Credit: Who-The-Heck-Is-In-Charge-Of-Miss-Universe-Ghana)