Year of Return: Ghana hosts Miss Heritage Global 2019 on August 20

Ghana has been selected to host this year’s edition of the Miss Heritage Global pageant on 20th August at the Accra International Conference Centre, as part of activities marking the Year of Return.

Another Beauty Pageant?
Not like this one. Miss Heritage Global is an international event that brings together culture ambassadors from around the world to share their culture and learn and experience a new culture through the host country, and this year, the culture queens are coming to Ghana.

Mudzithe Phiri is with the Miss Heritage Global organisation

55 contestants from around the world will be spending 10 days in the country visiting the sites that shape Ghana’s heritage and culture. The contestants will visit Cape Coast, the Ashanti Kingdom and through various activities around Accra, the queens will get to interact and experience Ghana’s culture through food, fashion, music and art.

Miss Heritage Global was founded in 2013 to promote the preservation of global heritage and to create an environment of culture sharing to inspire tolerance for one another as more and more communities around the world become more culturally diverse.

Akwasi Awua Ababio is Director at Diaspora Affairs of the Office of the President and Chair of the Year of Return Steering Committee

Through this experience the world through the representing culture ambassadors, gets to experience the culture of the host country and also get to understand how and why the systems and beliefs that make up culture today came to be.

Miss Heritage Global is part of the Year of Return calendar of events and through Miss Heritage, the country continues to showcase Ghana as the number one tourist destination to more people around the world further boosting the tourism and hospitality industries.

Kwadwo Odame Antwi is CEO, Ghana Tourism Development Company

The event will invite media coverage from around the world and the 10-day experience will be shot and packaged for media distribution worldwide.

The event is hosted in partnership with the Ghana Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Tourism Arts & Culture as part of the Year of Return. The contestants will be part of the Jamestown to Jamestown event symbolic to the global African family coming back home with the pageant allowing the rest of the world to be a part of this event that marks 400 years since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia in the United States.

CEO, Ghana Tourism Authority and Coordinator, Year of Return, Akwasi Agyeman

At the launch of the event yesterday, the CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority Akwasi Agyeman said he was delighted that Ghana had been chosen to host this all important event at the time when the country has opened its doors to all persons of African descent regardless of where they are coming from around the world.

Beyond that however, he said the country was not just welcoming Africans but all peoples regardless of their race or nationality and therefore the hosting of the event is a sign of welcome gesture to all and sundry. He said his outfit will commit to ensuring that the event is well organised and all 55 contestants get to experience the best of Ghana.

Eugenia Abotsi is Ghana's representative at the Miss Heritage Global 2019 pageant

The contestants will arrive in Ghana on the 10th of August and the main event will take place on the 20th of August at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The event will feature performances from some of Africa's biggest super stars and will display the cultures of the world in a 2-hour celebration where the Queen of Culture will be crowned.

Diallo Sumbry is a member of the Year of Return Steering Committee

Click here to view more pictures from the launch yesterday.

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