Volta Region’s representative of this year’s TV3 Ghana Most Beautiful pageant, Edem Tsekuma has stated her objective for taking part in the contest.
She has said that her major aims of joining the contest is leverage on the experiences to help fight child labour in the country.
Thousands of young Ghanaians are being subjected to the perils of child labour as they face hunger, physical and emotional torture from their caregivers and employers.
The Volta Region has been identified as one of the destinations of child trafficking since children from the three northern regions and the central regions are sold out by their parents to fishermen on the Volta Lake where they are exploited.
At her ‘outdooring’ ceremony on Sunday, August 13, 2017, in Ho to officially introduce herself to the people of the region, the Beauty Queen expressed interest in joining the nationwide fight against the activity.
Bemoaning the effects of the activity, Edem revealed that, one of her aims of joining the contest is to bring on board training and experiences acquired to spearhead the fight against child labour.
The final year student of the University of Professional Studies Accra [UPSA] said the fight would be her flagship project if crowned the winner of the 2017 Ghana Most Beautiful.
“If you support me to win this year’s Ghana Most Beautiful pageant, there is one big thing I will do for you and that’s to reduce child labour and bring back children on streets to school. Because it saddens my heart any time I see children under such conditions,” she stated.
The selection of the one-time first runner up of UPSA’s Beauty pageant as the Volta Region’s rep of the popular beauty pageant stoked controversies when she was recalled into the race after three finalists purportedly failed the concluding tests.
The colourful ‘outdooring’ event which was graced by prominent Traditional Leaders in the region saw residents thronged the forecourt of Asogli Palace in supports of the region’s representative.