Organisers of the annual Miss Universe Ghana pageant, MALZ Promotions, have announced that the coveted event will not come off this year.
Suspension of the 2019 edition boils down to space needed in order to restructure the timing of the annual event as well as implement new ideas for the benefit of the pageant contestants and production of the contest. “Organisers to restructure pageant to provide new opportunities for production and contestants,” the press release sheet headlined.
In the released statement signed by country director Menaye Donkor, the organisers opined that, the one-year break will also give them the space to accommodate a new arrangement for the selection process of contestants, which will include holding auditions in four regions across the country.
Major moves are under works for the 2020 edition as stated in the letter, “We have other major plans for the event and have been working hard to give the pageant a new, wider and more exciting appeal. Resuming operations in 2020 will allow us to implement new initiatives and we are excited to share what we have planned.”
The last two editions of the pageant have projected it to a different scale, fetching it a wider audience than before. Leading personalities in the entertainment industry have made appearances at the finals of the contest with Yvonne Nelson and Shirley Frimpong-Manso, seated as judges in 2018.
2017 winner, Ruth Quarshie, made Ghana proud at the international contest where she made it to the top 16 alongside the pageant’s most revered countries South Africa, Mexico, Venezuela, Philippines and more. Last year’s winner, Akpene Diata Hoggar, although did not make it far as her immediate predecessor did, but attracted much attention on social media, causing endless tweets, hashtags and the likes all in her favour for a good work done.