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Lamisi: A Diamond In Warsaw


2006-10-05 17:09:07
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Lamisi Mbillah
"My name is Lamisi Mbillah from Ghana, the beautiful land of cocoa, gold and diamond.” That’s how Ghana’s contestant at the Miss World pageant in Warsaw, Poland last weekend starts her narration on the fast-paced five-minute video that bowled over the judges at the contest to hand over the Beauty With A Purpose award to her. She is the first African recipient of the coveted prize.

Ms Julia Morley, who initiated the Beauty With A Purpose award specifically to recognise efforts of charity, intelligence and exceptional initiative, said:

”The standard of work submitted by this year’s contestants was overwhelming. There were people who had worked with children, with the sick, with the elderly in their communities.

Ghana stood out for the tremendous work she has done for so many people across her country.She is a very deserved winner of this award.”

The video,put together by the Creative Storm multimedia company, capture highlights of Ms Mbillah’s charitable work to spread awareness about Guinea worm, a deadly waterborne disease and iodine dificiency, a universal condition still prevalent in many parts of Africa.

Kwesi Owusu, CEO of Creative Storm who directed the video, was very impressed with the resoluteness displayed by the young lady during the filming which was sponsored by UNICEF.

“She was very focused and very determined. The filming was very gruelling but she made herself available whenever she was needed.

We are happy that we can share in her joy.”
Apart from the video, Creative Storm also worked closely with Ms Mbillah on her preparation for the contest.

They brainstormed, rehearsed her various presentations and generally worked out how she would turn out on the world stage.

The international media, as usual, made predictions ahead of the contest and didn’t give the Ghanaian lady much of a chance to win anything.

The fact that she proved all the pundits wrong, Kwesi Owusu argues, is an indication of what determination and adequate preparation can achieve.

“I hope her achievement will make us recognise that we need to effectively brand ourselves and prepare for such events.

You don’t just turn up and hope to do well. She put in a lot of hard work despite the obstacles that came her way.”

Ms Mbillah is expected back in the country on the morning of October 14.

A Creative Storm source said an appropriate welcome is being planned for her. She will also be a special guest at an event later that evening.

source: Graphic

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