WINDHOEK: The Namibia Tourism Board (NTB), Air Namibia and Ghone Entertainment Television (TV) from Ghana have joined forces to create awareness about Namibia as a preferred tourist destination in that country.
Ghone is sponsoring a series of programmes for the Miss Malaika-Ghana Pageant, with 10 finalists who arrived in Namibia on Tuesday.
At a cocktail event held at Heroes Acre on Thursday night to host the 10 finalists, team leader at Ghone Nii Hammond explained that tourism is one of the most anticipated episodes of the Miss Malaika Ghana series.
Miss Malaika is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a different flavour, and finalists in the competition took part in visits to two countries, which comprised South Africa and Namibia.
Finalists in the past visited one country only, which included visits to Egypt and Dubai variously.
This year, the finalists visited Cape Town for three days and will spend another three days in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and the capital.
“The pageant is expected to be very exciting and challenging for the finalists, who have to prove to the general public and the judges that they deserve the crown,” Hammond noted.
As part of the competition, auditions commenced in June this year already with 2 000 entries. A total of 20 finalists went through personal grooming lessons on social etiquette, fashion shows, sessions on hair and make-up applications, amongst others.
Ten were selected for the finals, and the winner this year will be the Malaria Ambassador to educate Ghanaians about the mosquito-borne infectious disease, and to encourage friends and family members to join the campaign in reducing this burden.
Meanwhile, finalist Frances Ackles commended the sponsors of the competition for the ‘adventurous’ trip she and other finalists experienced in Namibia as well as South Africa.
“I have never thought of a beautiful country like Namibia with its desert, sea and savannah. I will definitely promote this country as a tourism destination,” she beamed.
Ackles said she also enjoyed the dolphin and seal-watching cruises at the coast.
The finalists rounded their trip off with a visit to Katutura here on Friday before jetting out this afternoon.
The finalist with the highest votes gets an automatic top 5 spot at the grand finale, and will be one step away from winning the crown, a car and a cash amount on 27 October this year in Accra, Ghana.