A beauty contest, dubbed Miss Samanpiid, is gearing up in the Bawku Municipality, ostensibly to promote peace, tourism and cultural awareness in the area.
The pageant is a peaceful contest that seeks to crown a daughter and an indigene of Bawku to champion and advocate sustainable peace in the Upper East Region, especially in the Bawku Municipality, where stability is returning after some years of ethnic conflict.
It is being organised by Ayelbis Entertainment, a local events and entertainment company. This year’s edition which is brought to you by HAPPY MAN BITTERS will be held on December 28th to coincide with the Samanpiid Festival.
Samanpiid is a thanksgiving festival celebrated by the people of Kusaug.
The theme for this year’s pageant is ‘promoting our cultural values to enhance unity and development.’ The 2016 winner is expected to bring together ladies between the ages of 18 years and 26 years to compete and showcase the rich culture and tradition of the region.
It will promote the cultural and tourism heritage of the various communities in the region, preserve their cultural heritage and also teach the younger generation, the priceless values which are gradually being forgotten.
According to the organisers, the winner of the 2016 edition of the Miss Samanpiid Beauty Pageant, Miss Fidelia Adilip, has begun a series of humanitarian projects geared towards actualising the purpose behind the contest. It said the 23-year old, a representative of Bawku, had started preaching peace and offering support to marginalized students across the various districts in the Kusaug Kingdom.
She also visited some individuals and organisations to discuss collaboration towards implementing her projects. Fidelia said: “I want to be a role model to young girls desiring to win in beauty pageants. I believe it is extremely important to give back to the community and nation who voted me to become the winner,” she said.
Unlike most beauty pageants, Miss Samanpiid is culturally inclined with elements meant to enhance the confidence and the agency of the Kusaug woman. This Event is proudly sponsored by: Happy Man Bitters.