Miss Malaika 2011, the most questionable beauty pageant in Ghana’s history!

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Even before I continue with my story I must state that I chose to use the picture of the first runner-up of the just ended Miss Malaika 2011, Alexandra Ayirebi-Acquah for my post simply for the fact that if I use that of the winner, it would make nonsense of the point I want to prove. I know that if I show the face of the winner, Geraldine Partington many people would ask, what is the big deal of what I’m about to write – after all, Gerry is a very pretty young girl!

We have been saying that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder for ages and so I am not about to question the integrity of the people that judged Saturday’s competition, but only raise questions about the seemingly obvious travesty of justice being referred to as ‘a stolen verdict’ by majority of Ghanaians at the moment.   My followers on Twitter would notice that as part of my live coverage of the pageant, I first announced Alex as the winner and then came back to declare Gerry as Miss Malaika 2011.

After preliminary rounds and a prejudged session the judges’ score and public votes were tallied resulting in Emma, Smallie, Gerry, Alex and Daisy making the Top 5.  As is customary with Miss Malaika, the Top 5 then had to answer the ‘make or break question’, a common question to all 5 delegates. Although it was announced this year, it has been a Miss Malaika tradition that at this stage all previous scores are erased and judges make their decision based solely on the delegate who answered the question most confidently and intelligently.  If confidence, coherence, eloquence and intelligence were indeed a decider for Miss Malaika, then the obvious choice out of the 5 was Alex and Gerry was the least impressive.

However, when it was time to announce the winner, it was declared that there was a tie between Gerry and Alex for the first place position; the first in the 9 year history of the competition.  At this point the people seated close to me were all of the opinion that the tie was deliberate in order to give Gerry a second chance to redeem herself. Accordingly, a tie-breaker question was asked and again Alex was more on point than Gerry and even a blind bat could tell that.

At this point the dilemma for the judges was clearly whether to pick the best girl on the night who showed the most brains and confidence, or the prettiest girl who failed to deliver when it mattered most. Quite frankly, for a pageant like Miss Malaika that claims to celebrate beauty and brains, the former was the best choice; after all Alex doesn’t look like an ape and if she made it that far, it must be because she is beautiful.  This was a chance for the judges to make a statement for all young Ghanaian women that brains is enough to get a young woman places and not just looks, but sadly they failed. I could understand if D-Black, a male judge and a musician for that matter, gave his vote to the prettiest girl but I cannot pardon the female judges if they swayed towards looks over brains.

Enough of the subjective matters for now, because as I indicated earlier beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and in the case of Miss Malaika, it’s in the eyes of the judges. Now to the reason why I think crowing Gerry was the biggest faux pas in the history of beauty pageants in Ghana.  After Gerry and Alex had answered the tie-breaker question, the 5 judges scored them either 1st or 2nd on their sheets. In a bid to prove to Ghanaians how open the process was, Naa Ashorkor and Chris Attoh, the hosts read the judges’ score cards live to the audience. The two hosts announced that Alex had won on 3 of the judges’ cards with Gerry winning two. In fact Naa Ahsorkor almost read out the names of each judge before giving out their decision but one of the judges signaled her to go ahead with the scores without mentioning their names (I was a bit far so I may have interpreted it wrongly). After reading the score cards out, Naa Ashorkor and Chris Attoh called on the body responsible for tallying votes on stage to confirm the results. The rep from Media Edge confirmed that indeed the results were accurate. However, when the winner was being declared, Gerry was mentioned as Miss Malaika 2011.

The question that needs to be answered now is what went wrong? Did the hosts announce the wrong scores to Ghana? So it is more a question of who really won Miss Malaika 2011 than who deserved to win.  I must however say that, until the final stages of the competition, this year’s Miss Malaika was quite exciting with performances from: Sarkodie, who performed with Efya and Kesse; R2bees; Stay Jay; and Nigeria’s Dr Sid. The talent segment was prejudged and only the top three performed their acts on stage, with Emmanuella Esinam Awunyo winning Miss Talent ultimately. Magdalene Ankrah was voted Miss Congeniality by her mates. Deborah Melissa Lomotey, alias Smallie won the third place position.

84 Comments

  1. nyitse philip

    June 22, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I think maliaka deserved want she got after all she answered more point than alex no one can lie about that. Congrat to u maliaka.

  2. Audrey Quaye

    December 13, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Continuation from the prior posting.

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    Another thing — after viewing the initial videos, I noted that Gerry was hiding from the camera and was not letting her personality come through to the audience. Beauty can only take a person so far! People will not vote for a person if they have no personality or likeability. I told her the only thing that really mattered was connecting with the audience. Engaging them directly to make them like her and vote for her. “Communication 101″ — you learn that in Business School Communication courses here in the USA!

    When you watch the videos, you will notice that midway through the competition — Gerry then started to speak directly to the camera and to the audience and not the production crew! That is what made the difference and got her the audience votes! She did not waste her time fretting and complaining to the production team about not getting camera time or publicity. How many times was Gerry featured in the newspapers? She only won one segment — “Miss Photogenic” and shared the honors with another contestant, so how can anyone blame her because another contestant believes she was denied publicity and votes from the public!

    Every situation is a learning experience and a learning moment. Next time, learn to connect with the audience and don’t blame and tarnish others because you believed you were being treated unfairly and had some problems.

    My advise to the journalists, please be sure to talk to all parties to get their perspectives before you rush to judgment and publish articles on the internet. When you post an article on the internet, other website owners copy and post your article and the story goes viral! Defamatory comments and unfounded lies and fabrications once posted are hard to contain and recall.

    It is very hard for a young lady that has led a very protected and sheltered life to suddenly be thrust into the public arena and internet with articles and comments that contain unfounded lies, fabrications, insinuations, and tawdry comments of a sexual nature! Second, I am not sure how a young lady that speaks fluent French, Spanish, English and her own native language and is a final year university student can be declared to be a “beauty without brains”! How many Ghanaians or people in general, including the journalists, have the skill set to speak several languages fluently? This is tantamount to defamation of character and cyber-harassment and it needs to end!

    Also, journalists and website owners need to moderate and remove defamatory comments and allegations that cannot be proven. Otherwise, they will be held responsible for libel and defamation of a person’s good name and character.

    I will end by quoting from William Shakespeare’s “Othello”: “Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, is the immediate jewel of their souls: who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing; ’twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands; but he that filches from me my good name robs me of that which not enriches him and makes me poor indeed.”

    Thank you!

  3. Audrey Quaye

    December 13, 2011 at 7:54 am

    For posterity’s sake, I am posting this comment which I posted earlier on other article. I also wish to state categorically that the attacks on Ginny are most unfair and completely unfounded. People need to realize that they can be sued for defamatory comments that are posted on internet websites. Your IP address can be traced and the website owner can be held accountable. The posting below was in response to the 1st Runner-Up and equally applies to some of the comments on this article.

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    It’s okay to express your opinion about the Miss Malaika 2011 contest and the process from your experience since you were a contestant and experienced it from the inside.

    What is not okay is the insidious attack on Gerry’s character. Gerry is the innocent victim in this sordid and unfortunate saga. She performed creditably throughout the entire contest, and was never up for eviction or saved from eviction by the contest judges. I have not seen the video of the final event so I cannot comment on Gerry’s performance or the performance of the other contestants at the final event. What I do know is that normal human beings — no matter how intelligent they may be do experience stage fright and can become tongue-tied when faced with a large audience. Having stage fright and not providing a satisfactory answer to some audience members and viewers does not warrant the extent of defamatory comments, personal attacks, lies, fabrications and insults that ensued.

    Gerry is owed an apology by the journalists and the people that have cast unfounded insinuations to damage her good character.

    I am not sure when journalists became the final arbiter of who is or is not intelligent. Has anybody conducted an IQ test to determine the intelligence of any of the contestants in the beauty pageant? Calling another human being a “beauty with no brains” is extremely degrading and deeply insulting. Is that the way we empower young Ghanaian women? By insulting and degrading them?

    I have viewed the videos of the contest that are currently available at the Miss Malaika 2011 website. Gerry is a naturally very shy person and I noted that she was hiding from the camera most of the time. Other contestants were interviewed more and had more camera time than she did. If the production staff were favoring her over the other contestants that would have been obvious from the videos.

    Also, from watching the videos one will determine that different contestants stood out at various stages in the competition so it is ridiculous for any one contestant to position themselves as having outperformed all the other contestants consistently, and also that they are the only contestant that deserved to be crowned the winner when they were up for eviction at the third and final eviction and were saved by the judges. How does one go from being close to being evicted to thinking they are the only person that deserved to win? What about the other contestants that also performed well? I presume that the judges were not playing favorites when a certain person is favored over another contestant and saved from eviction but when the same person does not win the crown then the judges are unethical! You can’t have your cake and eat it too!

    The personal attacks, false accusations and fabrications that have been concocted with the sole intent of damaging Gerry’s good name have gone way out of hand. The judges for the final event were three women — Anne Sekyi (“Godmother), Kay Bentsi-Enchill (“Godmother), Nicola Sackey; and two men — Desmond Blackmore (aka “D’Black”), and Xavier (a Manager of Air Namibia). Apparently from news reports based on interviews of Charterhouse officials, three of the judges — Anne Sekyi, Nicola Sackey, and Xavier scored Gerry 1st; and two of the judges — D’Black and Kay Bentsi-Enchill scored Gerry 2nd; giving her a 3 to 2 win!

    D’Black is Gerry’s cousin and he ranked her second after the Ist Runner-up! So where is the favoritism? By Xavier? By Nicola? Or Anne Sekyi? I doubt very much that Gerry had ever met Xavier prior to the event. Let’s get down to the facts! Where is the favoritism and by which judge precisely?

    Ghanaians need to learn to separate their own emotions from fact! State the facts and leave the name calling, fabrications and unfounded accusations behind.

    Gerry has conducted herself with such dignity and grace despite the insidious and unfounded personal attacks, insults, lies and fabrications. She is a real sweetheart — a beautiful person inside and out! She is kind, generous, humble, well-mannered and considerate, and loved by her entire family and many friends. She will do well — with or without the Miss Malaika 2011 crown!

    Thank you!

  4. Bianca

    November 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Is jx unbelievable

  5. lol@thetomfoolery

    November 10, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Oh Ama but why are you taking the thing to be world cup? Charle its a friendly oo…. Hahahahaha.. The lowest anyone can stoop is to cheat when an entire nation is watching.. Its a sin to cheat.. God is watching us all.. Ama, dear, take some pills to calm your nerves and go to bed ok.. Bahahahaha

  6. kukua

    November 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    You all should stop talking about this vote thing charter house was on peace fm explaining the issues at hand and they said the votes are not considered in the make or break question.
    And Alex wasnt the only person who begged for votes Gerry also begged telling her fans that she was 10th and as such needed the votes. Went for the show and though i was a fan of gerry i wouldnt lie about the fact that she messed up her question and that alex did way better than her but life continues no one is going to change the verdict so ppl enough of the insults.

  7. Ama

    November 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Lolzzzz…@ andy: you have dignity? Like seriously? Its really sad you think that..If you did, you would be questioning the judges instead of calling names @ Gerry..and in case u didn’t know, u did insult Gerry..and also since you CANNOT change the end results, do well to quit talking about it because everyone is getting kinda tired of it now so u pointing out whatever means nothing so move on with your life..
    Feel free to continue wasting precious time of your life by responding to my comment after you read this because I know you will read this..lol..also feel free stooping so low to insult someone that probably doesn’t even know you or care about you..you are really disgracing yourself..Peace! oh and 1 last thing Andy is a ridic name…sorry

  8. Ama

    November 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Lolzz..@ Andy and lol-wateva
    U guys are really pathetic..Look how low yall have to stoop just to insult Gerry and her family..smh! You are only disgracing yourselves and showing how much it hurts yall that Gerry won.. plus no one will take you serious with such ridiculous names as the ones you have used..And the most painful part is that all you are doing will NOT change the end results..So have a little dignity and stop insulting people..There is really no need to

    • andy

      November 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm

      1. i haven’t insulted gerry and her fam, everything i’ve posted is fact.
      2. judging from piblic sentiments i believe the only parties disgraced here is charterhouse and gerry herself.
      3.andy is not a ridiculous name.
      4. i don’t intend to change the results, just point out what a farce this whole thing really is.
      5. i have dignity in abundance, i wish i could say that about the winner of this years malaika pageant.

  9. andy

    November 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    career woman or housewife?

    `it’s obvious why gerry was stumped. she’s neither just a ho.

  10. lol@thetomfoolery

    November 9, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Ginny was actively clarifying things on this website until the jeffrey otchere issue came up… Care to clarify that one tooo??? Hahahahahahaha. Hoodrats looking for fame… I cry for you

  11. buki

    November 9, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Its just human to fully support family and friends you love even when it is so obvious they are wrong. A tie means that both parties scored the same mark, which cancels out each other, putting both of them on a 0-0 clean slate.Therefore the purpose of the tiebreaker question was to give them the chance to score fresh points based on which a winner will be selected. If that was the case and the show stayed true to itself, the final result of that pageant would have been different from what it is today.. Otherwise, why say there’s a tie when you’re going to add previous points to the final tiebreaker points? I know there are more important things to think about in this country but if we don’t address these small forms of corruption how do we deal with bigger ones?

  12. Posh's friend's friend

    November 9, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Crying for votes doesn’t really mean that she’s at the bottom. Come on, we shouldn’t be so naive. ‘E be stra.’ Even if she was in the lead, she would still post those comments to get more votes…duh….I would do that if it were me. Besides I don’t really think she would have access to the information that actually shows she’s at the bottom. Well I don’t really watch the show so I could be wrong. Outta here!!!

  13. sir-lozy

    November 8, 2011 at 7:29 am

    “after all Alex doesn’t look like an ape” lol my ape friends will be offended by this

  14. Must read

    November 8, 2011 at 12:38 am

    This should silence all of Alex’s fans, including Alex herself.

    http://www.ameyawdebrah.com/2011/11/07/source-of-miss-malaika-confusion-revealed/
    While the debate about who deserved to win Miss Malaika 2011 continues in the media and amongst many Ghanaians, I have discovered the source of the confusion that questioned the credibility of the pageant in the minds of many patrons including myself at Saturday night’s event.

    The blunder about reading live judge scores that didn’t reflect in the declaration of the winner was due to the way one of the hosts announced the scores. When Naa Ashorkor was mentioning the scores from the first judge, she said that the judge had scored Alex 2 and Gerry 1 (points) while she should have said Alex 2nd and Gerry 1st. So in the minds of people, Alex had won the first vote since she had a bigger point than Gerry. After a slight pulse, Chris Attoh and Naa Ashorkor went on to announce the remaining results; this time saying that Alex was 1st on the cards of two of the other judges with Gerry winning on the other two. This logical deduction meant that Alex had won 3 out of the 5 judges while indeed it was the opposite.

    So after the results were confirmed by Media Edge, the hosts went on to declare Gerry as the winner and that shocked the crowd because apart from their tabulation of results which put Alex first, many believed Alex deserved to win Miss Malaika 2011 based on how she answered the ‘Make or Break Question’ and the tie-breaker. And I agree with the masses. However it is the decision of the judges that matter, and now that I have cleared up the confusion about the result for myself, Miss Geraldine Partington can go ahead and wear her Miss Malaika crown with a ‘clear conscience’.

  15. Posh's friend

    November 8, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Well said Posh, but you forgot to comment about this. Read below:
    Report/Mark as SpamAlex 4 miss malaika 2011
    guys thank u for supporting me with ur prayers,i reali appreciate them so much.this is the tym i need both ur prayes nd support most,it is getting harder by every second but ur support REALLY keeps me going.am still at the bottom because of lack of votes so pleeeeaase keep voting ALEX to 1757 across all networks,remember still at the bottom so keep voting!!THANK YOU!luv y’allg.

    Did you vote at all? Or were you counting your pennies like most of the sorrowful people crying for Alex?

  16. posh

    November 8, 2011 at 12:06 am

    go to the malaika page. there is gerry begging for people to visit her page. under one of the contestant’s pic. it had lots of likes n her pic just above that had very few likes. so alex begging does not prove anything.

  17. Kyei

    November 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Eiiiii, why is an Alex fan speaking for Gerry.

    I guess she voted for Alex, but it takes more than a few votes to get someone to win.

    I voted for Gerry and I know the majority of Accra did, that’s why she won.

    The power of voting.

    Its funny, this is just like politics. People do not vote for their candidates, then they cry afterwards.

    Oh ho.

  18. Strong fan and voter of Alex

    November 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Poor Alex. Boo hoo hoo. Better lack next time.
    On your facebook page you beggedg for votes but your fans could not deliver.

    Bottom line: Gerry won and deserved it. She has a record of academic excellence. So for those of you who refer to beauty over brains, get your facts right. Academic records = exceptional, leadership positions = exceptional etc etc.

    Next time there is a competition, VOTE VOTE VOTE, don’t count your pennies and hope your favourite contestant will win by a miracle. Then you come and cry like babies. hahahhah shameful.

    Anyone with an issue should go to Charter House for answers, typing negatives statements on this site will not:
    1. Give Alex the crown Gerry deserves
    2. Give her GHC 6,000
    3. Make her miss M 2011.

    She can try for 2012 and tell her friends to vote this time. She should also remember to be an ‘all rounder’.

    I voooooootteedddd ohhhhhhh and I am happy with the results. hahahahhahahahahahhahahha

  19. micah

    November 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    true talk man its the most questionable from the beginning till now, u couldnt
    have said it better,its now beauty over brains and some form of favouritism

  20. James

    November 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks for the reference Akua.

    But,
    Why was Alex begging for people to like her page????

    Report/Mark as Spam
    Alex 4 miss malaika 2011
    hurry guys and like the page!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Akua

    November 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I found this on Alex’s FACEBOOK page. Could this be the reason she did not win???? Please let me know.

    Report/Mark as SpamAlex 4 miss malaika 2011
    guys thank u for supporting me with ur prayers,i reali appreciate them so much.this is the tym i need both ur prayes nd support most,it is getting harder by every second but ur support REALLY keeps me going.am still at the bottom because of lack of votes so pleeeeaase keep voting ALEX to 1757 across all networks,remember still at the bottom so keep voting!!THANK YOU!luv y’allg

  22. joe

    November 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    @SAMKAH u are point, i also knew from day one that Gerry was going to win, she already has modelling contracts, and is amongst the Accra Socialites who are well connected. As to whether she deserves it or not is another question but I knew already that she was going to win bcos of her background

  23. samkah

    November 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    well said barima,To me i wasnt suprise gerry won ,already she n her sisters are very popular and every one who is kinda in the click of rich or famous group in Gh knows thm ,so obviously she will win. Anyway congratulation gerry,all the very best,congrat to alex well done equally and to the rest of the girls you all did your very best

  24. Barima

    November 7, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Wow lots of drama over here geez!!! The insults, not needed!! stick to the facts and you wld probably make more sense. like @Sel D said if its a tie breaker and the final question is supposed to determine the winner then why do u add previous points to Gerry’s marks and call her a winner! it doesn’t make any sense. That wat we shld be askn ourselves how charter house came up with the final score if they claim Alex had 3/5 from the Judges and Gerry had 2/5. We shldn’t blame Gerry, she may or may have not known wat was happening. We shld focus our attentions towards the event organizers and force them to give us an explanation as to why If Alex scored more from the judges during the tie breaker then how come she placed second and not first!

    If I were Gerry i wld give up the tainted crown to show the entire country that i stand for honesty and believe in wat is right. Thats only if she knws deep down she didn’t deserve it. If she really thinks she deserves it then she shld keep it and ignore wat ever anyone says. but we shld still find out wat really went wrong. Maybe Alex might not come out to complain but I am sure she and anyone in that position she is in right now wld want certain questions ringing in her/their brain answered so she can understand why she lost. But for now lets be civil and congratulate Gerry for putting a good show and also to the rest of the Contestants!!!! they do deserve to be congratulated for making to the final show!!

  25. Bill

    November 7, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I further expect Ameyaw to present balanced views. Your analysis is a bit tilted, although I commend you for the good work I do not expect your medium to be used as a launch pad for vile remarks against another party. Let’s keep it sane people.

  26. Bill

    November 7, 2011 at 10:11 am

    RUBY, your comments are unnecessary, regardless of how passionate your stance is. No need to insult someone you do not support. Don’t blame Gerry for winning if you feel she shouldn’t have, blame the organisers and do not insult her friends and family by questioning their intellect based on a damn pageant!!! What right do you have to do that? That is totally uncalled for. And yet you expect God to be a judge in this matter? Very childish comments I must say. Shame on you. You either support her or you do not. That’s all. You are entitled to your choice as well as your opinion but do not throw disparaging remarks all over the forum. Absolutely disgusting.

  27. dzifa

    November 7, 2011 at 8:45 am

    ruby, ur comment says it all

  28. ruby

    November 7, 2011 at 1:03 am

    to those who are doubting alex’s beauty pls go back to the mag that was given to all who attended the show,take another look at alex then to gerry even emma and afriyie those girls are prettier than this gerry girl but you know what this whole thing was calculated if u realized all these other girls were poorly dressed alex’s outfit did not flatter her figure which i think was delibrate so was emma’s dress not to talk abt the 2nd runner up.ok i’m sure by now u ve taken a look at ur magazines have u all noticed what i’m talking abt?see how elegant and classy alex’s pic is her pose also look at emma’s how come neither of them won miss photogenic.for the blind supporters of gerry i know u wouldn’t see it so don’t bother commenting cos this is for intellectually inclined people which both gerry and her friends and family are obviously not.to alex i feel ur pain but do not worry God is the best judge and at his own time he makes all things beautiful yes they can bribe man but not God.alex the sky is not ur limit cos u’ve got potentials that will take u beyond them.YOU ARE OUR MISS MALAIKA THE CAR, THE MONEY DOES MATTER

  29. ruby

    November 7, 2011 at 12:28 am

    for me its an advise i have for charter house and the judges.first let me ask them how much gerry paid them to stoop so low? two was that enough for them to destroy a business they have toiled to build over the years??to the organisers of malaika is gerry worth the trouble?remember it took years to build and brand a show like this and if this continues malaika will end up being like miss ghana with low patronage…to the responsible ghanaians out there pls u can make ur voice heard by boycotting further malaika shows and other shows organised by charter house.

    • martin

      November 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      well said. cudnt hav put it better

  30. jay

    November 6, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    haha both sides of this argument make me giggle… for the people going on and on about Gerry having the prizes and saying that people are jealous, may i just ask whether you are going to get any of the money, or a ride in her new car??? and for the people on the other side, i know Alex personally she is a very humble and peaceful girl and i seriously doubt that she will appreciate the rude comments and insults that are being flung at Gerry and her family… at the end of the day an injustice may or may not have been committed whether or not you are happy about it. lets not forget what country this happened in… Ghanaians are supposed to be honest culturally but we all know that it doesn’t happen like that. instead of the rudeness lets start to change things by changing ourselves first.

    • Mabel

      November 7, 2011 at 2:29 am

      Can we first start by pointing out the wrong?

      • jay

        November 7, 2011 at 7:00 am

        well @Mabel you only have to read some of the comments on this page to know what is wrong! people have taken the matter a little too personally and have got to the point where they are sitting in their homes behind computers throwing insults back and forth at people they do not know. How that will help them to get to the bottom of the issue is not clear. I don’t live in Ghana and cannot do anything myself but if people are this worried why do they sit at home and let it fester, if it bothers one that much one should get up, go to the organisers of the pageant and speak up about the problem they have.

  31. sparkle

    November 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I live in the Uk so i couldnt watch this show and infact i could care less about it..why is everyone going on about it so much?we all know there are always twists and turns when it comes to things like these..
    im just too tired of reading it everywhere , there are more important things happening in the world than ”who could have won a pagent show”.
    #Allowit

  32. Sussana

    November 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    @ bermuda: Wow!! U must really be miserable at this point to be insulting Gerry and her family! I’m really sorry for you but the fact remains, Gerry won and has all the goodies
    @ lacey: respect yourself and stop pretending like you are so concerned about what is right and wrong and about what goes on in this country..please spare us..n the point is that Gerry won so deal with it and there is no need to be insulting and calling people pathetic
    @ Victoria: I feel you..

  33. victoria

    November 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    @ bermuda…ur jus a sad case and ur very bush, u can’t even use ur real name, grow some balls…@ lacey…u r clearly jealous. She still has all the prizes…in ur face! Nd seriously…cut wit all this right nd wrong nonsense…SHE WON! Take a hike. Peace!

    • DanDon

      November 7, 2011 at 1:14 am

      Lol. i recognised the languate b4 i checked the identity…and U used your real name vic!!! u got balls and i love that!!!

  34. mercy

    November 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    n yet KICK ROCKS is still spending time reading the supposed useless arguments n he is still commenting. ur trying to come off as an intelligent person but we cant see u. we just see a silly person with a condescending attitude. go away!

  35. nana kweku

    November 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    charterhouse shud be ashamed. they really messed up this time.if there is a tie, then the tie breaker determines who wins. how could they justify choosing the less smarter girl? n nobody shud offer that preliminary bull. its a crappy , lane excuse. if the gerry chic did better, there will neva be the tie. the gerry supporters are making thing worse with their ignorant ‘haters’ rants. have some dignity people!

  36. chocolate fudge

    November 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    ho, how can u call her family stupid? They haven’t even commented on this page. oh chale… U guys a taking this too far.

  37. Bermuda Zongo

    November 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    pls friends & family of Gerry, stop being STUPID!!
    no one is saying Gerry isnt pretty & smart
    we are saying she deserved 2nd place not 1st

  38. Kick Rocks

    November 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    You guys should just get a life! Talking about morally right… u’re lost!
    What did y’all think about the gay rights issue? Or the poor women who have been made prisoners @ the Gambaga camp? What about our schools and the school feeding program? Don’t forget the level of illiteracy in Ghana. Think REAL issues… Y’all have a good night!!! Peace.!

  39. lacey

    November 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    gerry has the car blah blah blah! friends of gerry, pls shut up already. You are all missing the point. jealousy? seriously? n does alex have to come wail in front of ur doors before the world knows that what happened yesterday was wrong? who said this is abt the car? u people r pathetic. its abt fairness, its abt the right thing being done.

  40. victoria

    November 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I think u better get ur facts right b4 publishing crap like this. Anyway…gerry is beautiful nd smart…so those of u who think otherwise can jus go jump off a cliff. Gerry has the crown, the cash and the car…nd ther aint nothing y’all can do about it. Jealousy is a disease, get well soon.

  41. Sussana

    November 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Ok so I think you all need to get lives..I think you all need to worry about more important things in society instead of wasting away your life talking about who should have won Ms Malaika..And its obvious this Deborah girl that wrote this article has nothing better to do with her time..or unless Alex paid her or sth to root for her..because like someone said earlier, Alex is not going around complaining and sulking so I don’t really see the use of this unnecessary issue.. if you all must talk about this insignificant issue, then yall should be civilized about it and refrain from insults such as Gerry is beauty without brains and her sister is talking crap..I suppose we are all adults so let’s act as such..
    P.S..Gerry has the crown And the car, not to mention the 6000ghc so there is nothing really yall can do about it so just deal with it

    • Itis I

      November 6, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      To you lot going on about ooh she has the crown deal with it reh teh teh. this mirrors alot of ills about. I’m sure each of you have a problem with the system regardless how minute it is .there’s something abt this system that irks you. Well this is one of them. Blatant disregard for what is right. If indeed the Alex lady in question was meant to win. You can keep dealing with it till smthing as immoral similar to this lands in your court.

  42. Mel B

    November 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Kick Rocks or watever u call urself..errm why r u here making useless noise den?? We dunt need to see Alex complain before condemn such an immoral and unfair act. Its about time RESPONSIBLE Ghanaians std up for wats rite!!

  43. Kick Rocks

    November 6, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    You guys should all go kick rocks, for real! All this over a beauty pageant?
    Grow up, y’all let the girls be. Do u see/hear Alex complaining? Ameryaw, you need to find other more important things to dwell on than a mutherfucking beauty pageant, and so do all y’all!
    I bet the next topic is going to be about Miss Ghana! EEEdiats.

    • may

      November 6, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      its not about it being important to you or not
      its about what this reflects about the state of affairs in Ghana right now
      Corruption everywhere, if this is miss malaika, then God be with us during the 2012 elections
      You cant just cheat so obviously and expect ppl to sit down,ppl who my have invested in voting etc
      its not right. the more you dont speak, the more those in power have the power to take advantage of u

  44. Sel D

    November 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Hey, what I don’t understand is how there could be a tie after the final make or break question round when Gerry supposedly scored more points than Alex in the preliminary rounds. She should have won it at that point if those scores where added. Now at the breaker round between the two, they decide to add those points. This is really baffling and needs to be cleared up ASAP. Never used to watch the show but only followed this one because I personally had a friend involved. After this, I don’t think I’ll bother any more.

    • Adjoa

      November 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      U make an interestingly factual arguement, which should be raised by those battling this issue…..:)

      You are absolutely right Sel D, it raises several questions, why wasn’t a winner declared at that point and a tie announced, and thereby changed to a winner,,, a bit misleading if thats really what happened…(then again my question is who owns chaterhouse ?) Are they affiliated with the winner?

  45. Itis I

    November 6, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    eXactly Kwame!

  46. macuttimo

    November 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    mixed fortune….

  47. kwame

    November 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    if it’s the case that other factors were taking into consideration and gerry beat alex in prejudging and other competitions then how come the tie?

  48. kwame

    November 6, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Oh Ginny, not here too. just keep quiet and enjoy the car. Gerry is beautiful yes, but not smart. seems the two can’t go hand in hand.

    • Naa

      November 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      Ok, so I’m outside Ghana and therefore did not watch the final show or the prelims. And so I can’t say whether Gerry or Alex deserved the crown. BUT I do want to say that I know Gerry personally (and I’ve known her since we were kids) and she is NOT “beauty without brains”. There really is no need for you to insult her based on this reality show/beauty pageant to say she’s not smart. Maybe she fumbled a question, maybe she was nervous, whatever. Your opinion as to whether or not she deserved the crown is your opinion, and I respect that. But don’t bring insults into this. You have no right to come and say she is not smart based on two questions she was asked under pressure. Just my two cents.

  49. lacey

    November 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    am sure this ginny and her supposed sister winner know deep down they do not deserve the crown.she has that crown but she can neva really be happy abt it cos she knows she does not deserve it. she wud hav been a much more happier person at 2nd place instead of clinging forcefully to that shitty crown. miss malaika, worse show ever! nobody shud bother following again. let this be their last fake winner. dont bother wasting our time if u already have ur winner even before the show begins.

  50. Itis I

    November 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Yo everyone’s entitled to their opinion. But kindly spare us the insults.Besides everyone would be out to defend kin.. we’re all matured people here. Didn’t watch the show but from what I gather the ALexy lady won. Should think Chris and Naa Ashorkor should come out n say what they indeed had on the score cards.. and ifffffffff truly..there’s been some KULUULU ..umm..well I leave the rest to Nyame.Lol. we all complain about how these politicians treat us. If we can’t exercise principle in the simplest of issues such as this one. We’re all doomed as a people. Bless. no more “INZZZULTS” please

  51. Adjoa

    November 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    everyone seems to be fairly aware that the tasks given throughout the show was to eliminate the 10 contestants to bring it to a low 5….And that the final question was the make or break it. At this point the crown seems a bit questionable to me on the outside. And if the girls involved really want to make noise, can base their arguements on this… ANyway people,,, decision is done, we can argue/converse as much as we can about this, but one has to understand that usually there is much more than meets the eye to these scenarios…. Have a wonderful Sunday yall

  52. Ginny

    November 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Well Baby Yaa, that is your opinion and I respect that.

  53. elle

    November 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    CHEATS! CHEATS! CHEATS. THE WHOLE COUNTRY AGREES THAT ALEX WON. HOW MUCH DID GERRY PAY FOR THAT CROWN?

  54. Ginny

    November 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Me i’m not here to argue, i’m here to understand. Well I’m just saying what the organisers said; that’s how they explained it to the contestants. Like I said, maybe the organisers need to inform the public properly.

    • andy

      November 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      ginny, u screwed jeffrey otchere in ur car for a phone u never got. gerry has screwed her fellow malaika contestants for a car and other perks. must be a partington thing.

      • Edna Mode

        November 7, 2011 at 9:36 am

        Andy, at least the Partingtons know how to use what they have to get what they dont have…

        Plus Gerry deserved it all. For every win someone must fail, whats with all this immaturity?

        Y’all hated on Miss Ghana 2010 and she placed 35th at the just ended Miss World. Lets learn to trust the judges.

        GERRY won case closed!

        • jo

          November 8, 2011 at 1:22 am

          35th n it had nothing to do with her looks.

      • lee

        November 7, 2011 at 11:50 pm

        ouch!

  55. sam

    November 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    it is really pathetic that even when its obvious, they still try to rig these shows. ameyaw, i watched the show AND EVERY INTELLIGENT PERSON knows that that girl didnt deserve the crown. alex won. gerry is a beauty case with no brains n that is not what that pathetic show claims to stand for. BEAUTY N BRAINS? KEEP DECEIVING URSELVES.

    • Naa

      November 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      “gerry is a beauty case with no brains”

      Sam, is that really necessary? And you know she has no brains because of questions she fumbled??

  56. Baby Yaa

    November 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    & Ginny of course you will be saying this, you are related to Gerry arent u, Ginny Partington. No wonder, kmt. Gerry didnt deserve the crown. Yes she is beautiful & eloquent but Gerry failed to convince us she deserved to be this yrs Malaika last yr. pls spare us with ur crap

  57. yaw

    November 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    @Ginny, where does it say that its not based on the last question?
    The last section is called the “MAKE OR BREAK QUESTION” meaning your crown depends on how well you fare here
    & even if there was a tie, “TIE BREAKER ROUND” is used to determine who wins, the tie is broken by who answers that question best.
    Alex answered both best, and in fact had 3/5 of the votes at the “TIE BREAKER” round. So tell me what & how logic explains why Gerry won.
    And even if you say Gerry fared better throughout the contest, Alex won more tasks or placed higher than Gerry in most.
    Yes, Gerry won did well to for eg Ms Photogenic etc, but Alex usually fared better
    SIMPLE & SHORT GERRY “PRE-ORDERED” HER CROWN

  58. sara

    November 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    All those saying Gerry did better & that there are a prelim round are lying. I watched the show too. Alex won Ms Eloquence & raised the most funds for the autism cause project before the final and at the final she slayed. Yes Gerry is fine, and eloquent too, in fact i was rooting 4 her, but 1 plus 1 isnt 3, there is no changing the fact that Alex deserved this

    • Ama

      November 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      But Sarah, there WERE preliminaries, so all the tasks and evictions, didn’t you watch? Gerry also won Miss Photogenic and scored higher than Alex in most of the rounds. Alex only scored higher than Gerry in eloquence/pubic speaking I think. And I’m not talking abt the final show. Talking about the previous weeks. You need to be an all rounder, Alex was apparently not, according to the task results of the other weeks. And Alex was in the bottom during certain evictions, Gerry wasn’t. All tht counts…

      • sara

        November 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm

        Ama, the preliminary stages are to trim it down to 10 from 16.
        at the final 5 stage, everything is erased and you are judged anew as Yaw stated hence the Make or Brk sec
        so everything from the beginning doesnt count.

  59. Adjoa

    November 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Well so it looks like there is a huugeeeeeeee misconception as to the merit of this whole Pageant. People are extremely confused as no one really knows what really determined the final selection. This in my point of view should have been clear to contestants, made available on site etc, from the onset of the production. If indeed these rules and regulations says the final question is the make or break then its a bit sad that this Alex person had to loose, on the other hand, if this required several points to be accumulated from the beginning, then i guess the Ginny person is the rightful winner. But then again, it should be clear. Why will most people be assuming this is based on the last question… Is this in the rules and regulations somewhere?????? Anaa there is no written documentation…..

    • Ginny

      November 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      You mean GERRY Partington. Ginny is her sister. :)
      There isn’t any written documentation available to the public like all beauty contests. For example,Miss World is based on previous work as well, the final show is only about 30%, and the other 70% is based on tasks (beauty, elegance,comportment regarding trips, punctuality)and pre-judging before the final show. The contestants are actually aware, so i don’t know what all the noise is about. But maybe you are right the public should also be informed.

  60. Adjoa

    November 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    if indeed the determination/ crowing is based on the last question as per your news above, then this girl should make her voice heard. poor girl :(

    • Ginny

      November 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      Hi Adjoa, it is not based on the last question that’s my whole point. Why would they groom the girls for so may weeks then? and have them to perform tasks at the end of each week? All that counted, and that is how the final decision was made. If it was just based on the last question then what was the whole point of the previous weeks? think about it…

  61. Nana Darkoa

    November 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    My primary issue is with the whole concept of a beauty pageant. Its disgraceful that in this day and age we insist on judging women for their looks. The whole pageant industry needs to go away…I’m not sure adding a component of ‘brains’ makes the beauty pageant any more palatable…

  62. Ginny

    November 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Oh yeah, I don’t think D-black will appreciate your comment: ” I could understand if D-Black, a male judge and a musician for that matter gave his vote to the prettiest girl…”. A musician for that matter? That’s a little insulting, don’t you think? Maybe you did not mean it that way, but the context in which ”for that matter” is stated is derogatory. Respect to the musicians, they also went to school chale.

  63. Ginny

    November 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Interesting article, but maybe you should wait for the interviews this week for the explanation as to why Gerry won. A lot of pre-judging was done, and apparently that counted for the final results. Gerry scored higher marks than Alex through out the competition except for the final night. So they took all of tht into consideration. The Miss Malaika girls have also been told why Gerry was chosen and they all perfectly understand now. Let’s wait for explanations this week, so everyone else will understand. Thanks

  64. Sylvanus

    November 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I love your in-depth analysis. I wish you did same for MALE ICON GHANA.

  65. Ameyaw Debrah on Facebook

    November 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Yaw commented on AmeyawDebrah.Com:

    ameyaw..pls just make these necessary corrections or Charterhouse will dwell on that n neglect the main purpose of a stolen verdict..The correction is that Gerry was here for the audition n there r photos on talkofgh to prove that. She also went thru all the prelims n semi-finals stages to eventually make it to the top 16 so just make tht correction so tht charterhse doesnt dwell on only tht n neglect the blunders caused during the finale..Thanks!

  66. Yaw

    November 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    ameyaw..pls just make these necessary corrections or Charterhouse will dwell on that n neglect the main purpose of a stolen verdict..The correction is that Gerry was here for the audition n there r photos on talkofgh to prove that. She also went thru all the prelims n semi-finals stages to eventually make it to the top 16 so just make tht correction so tht charterhse doesnt dwell on only tht n neglect the blunders caused during the finale..Thanks!

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