The coveted Miss Malaika pageant is here again. We all purr about the beauty of the young Ghanaian ladies auditioning for the pageant. Female students from our various tertiary institutions take this opportunity to showcase their various attributes and their beauty as well.
Charter House, the organizers of this event present young ladies the opportunity to become ambassadors of Ghana while earning for themselves a handsome prize package. Last year over 500 ladies auditioned for the contest with the final 12 selected to compete in the series where Miss Naa Oyoe Quartey was adjudged winner of the contest.
This year, the ladies are at it again showcasing their intelligence, poise and beauty. Anyone who follows the auditions would notice a worrying trend. Some of the ladies have committed unpardonable errors that make even the general public laugh. More so, some also proved suspect when asked intelligent questions meant to test their acumen. Who can forget the famous question “a ton of gold and a ton of cotton, which weighs more?” only few of our young ladies were able to answer this question with conviction. Who can also forget the young lady who could not define the units of measure for her height? When asked, she replied, her height was in grams and even worsened it by saying it was kilograms.
There is a whole new different trend this year, most of the ladies proudly present themselves as students of some of our prestigious institutions, and others have completed their high school education. Such prospects suggest talented, articulate, poised and intelligent young ladies. Contrarily, it is perturbing how they falter with their language especially. The grammar sometimes is horrendous really. The concept of subject-verb agreement goes out of the window. Mannerisms and courtesy were lacking in the displays of our young Ghanaian ladies.
When asked about their education, they proudly mentioned their institution but questions about the basic concepts surrounding the programs they are studying caught them napping. Most of them did not seem to understand the essence of their various course of study. A shocking example was a level 100 student who was asked what her course marketing stood for, she answered “marketing is the process whereby things are bought and selled”. This is but just a single example of the dozens erroneous performances by our girls.
The big question is who is to blame? Is our education system failing us? Or is it a matter of culture suppressing us from confidently expressing ourselves?