Ghanaian Beauty Queen Turns Heads At Miss Tourism World In Vietnam; Let’s Take A Look At What She Wore!

Emmanuella Awedana Apuri, the second runner-up at Miss Tourism Ghana 2019, is gradually becoming a star in pageantry; the eloquent and charming beauty queen who hails from the Northern Part of Ghana is vying for Miss Tourism World Crown in Vietnam.

She pulled a stunning costume from the section of Ghanaian culture during the national costume day at the event, which caught the attention of the world. We took a vivid look at the entire piece she wore and broke down it to the simplest understanding.


The ntakerakyɛ (feathered hat) consists of kɔdeɛ ntakra (eagle’s feathers) tied around a leather helmet with sika and dwetɛ nsɛbɛ (gold) in triangular and rectangular shapes.

Leather Breastplate, Collar and Cuffs:

The tough animal hide is worn to protect the skin from scratches from the heavy gold ornaments that are worn around the neck, arm and body.

Grass Wrap Skirt:

Made with grass from esre (the bush), and fashioned into a doso (wrap skirt), this piece is customarily used as a disguise by entities who enter the bush to hunt or pick herbs for medicinal purposes. It is also usually worn by fetish priests to cover up the amulets they are wearing under it.

Calabash Gourd:

A container for liquid (e.g. water, palm wine, corn flour mix) to quench thirst and for other purposes while in the bush or wilderness.

Sankofa Staff:

The word Sankofa is from the Twi dialect of the Akan Language in Ghana. The word itself means, “To return and get it” (san – “to return”; ko – “to go”; fa – “to fetch, to seek and take”). The most prominent of the Adinkra symbols in Ghana, Sankofa “depicts a mythical bird flying forward with its head turned backward. The egg in the bird’s mouth represents the ‘gems’ or knowledge of the past upon which wisdom is based; it also signifies the generation to come that will benefit from that wisdom.” Other descriptions of this mythical bird describe its feet firmly planted forward with its head turned backwards to take an egg off of its back. The Sankofa symbol is associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” which translates to “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten. “The symbol has been embraced to signify the quest for wisdom, acquired by reflecting on the past, in order to help build a stronger future.

She is advancing to the next stage of the competition to bring the crown to Ghana.

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