The Cultural Arts Centre as the name suggests for itself is a place where Ghana?s various traditional items are displayed for the world to see. It was therefore no surprise as this year?s delegates of Miss Malaika chose the Arts Centre to be their venue for the cultural episode. The cultural episode is one of the most watched episodes of the Miss Malaika reality show because; the delegates get to portray their culture in the best way they can through singing and dancing. It also gives the viewers a chance to get closer to the delegates and for the first time on Miss Malaika cultural episode, David Dontoh sat in the judge seat correct and commends the delegates with their cultural presentation.
The cultural episode was dominated by the Ashantis as Betty, Abigail, Lordina and Lois represented the Ashanti region. Betty for her cultural presentation, dressed in a beautiful Kente cloth did the kete dance; Kete is a common dance of the Akans and is commonly found in the royal courts of the traditional Akans communities performed in the courts of every chief whose status entitles him to be carried in a palanquin. Abigail did a dance which she refers to as the ?Akom? dance by the great Okomfo Anokye.
Lordina took the delegates on a lullaby journey of the Ashantis and its importance to the Ashantis. She asked her audience to help her put her baby Maa Adwoa to sleep by responding to a very popular lullaby in the Ashanti region. After singing a lullaby with her audience, Maa Adowa fell asleep in the lovely hands of her mother and that was how she ended her presentation. Lois dressed in a war regalia danced the famous Fontofrom dance which she explained that it?s a dance and at the same time the name of a pair of graceful and large drums. The other name for Fontonfrom is called ?Bomaa? It is performed occasionally especially in times of war as citations to the brave men.
From the eastern region were the beautiful maidens Yoda and Priscilla. Yoda who hails from the Krobo land did the puberty rite which is popularly known as ?dipo?. Yoda made everyone to understand that dipo is not just a puberty rite but also the celebration of womanhood. She a ?dipo yo? was decorated in expensive beads on the hands, legs and neck; she climaxed her presentation with the rhythmic ?klaama? dance which is performed during the dipo rite.
Priscilla from the Akuapem land of the Eastern Region after brief history of the Akuapems, their language, festival and how they defeated the people of Akwamu, ended her presentation by dancing Adowa, a beautiful and rich cultural dance.
The Upper East and West Regions were respectively represented by Eugenia and Selma. Eugenia from Tongo in the Upper East region described two main festivals celebrated in her hometown which are the ?Golup and Boaram? festivals. She later drew the curtains on her cultural presentation by dancing the most energetic dance ever to have been performed on Miss Malaika history. The dance is known as ?Poorne? dance which was absolutely breathtaking taking. Selma on the other hand dressed in the bamaya dance costume, represented the Upper West Region of Ghana. She recited poetry about her hometown Wa. She beautifully ended her cultural presentation with the Bamaya dance, a dance in her region danced to honor women.
The Fante Land was represented by Twumwaa who chose to present the Asafo dance also known as the war dance, Asafo: sa means war; fo means people. She wore the face of a warrior and danced like a warrior on the battle field. ?As the Asafo charges for the battle ahead, so did she charge up with this performance for the Miss Malaika battle ahead of me in the competition?
Rich kente, ahenema slippers and gold jewellery were accessories that Aisha fused into her Queen mother costume for the cultural task. She educated the other delegates by telling a little about her paternal and maternal roots; paternal being dagomba and maternal fanti. Aisha surprisingly with her tiny arms; tried her hands in drumming and did amazingly well
The cultural episode wouldn?t have been complete a representative from the Ga land. Naa Oyoe Quarty a daughter of the Ga land took the delegates through the naming ceremony rites of the Ga?s and its importance to the Ga community. She couldn?t have just ended her naming ceremony rites without dancing the famous Kpanlogo dance.
Catch all the fun and excitement on the cultural show this Sunday on GhOne entertainment tv at 8pm. vote for favorite delegate by texting her name to 1757 across all networks. Miss Malaika is proudly brought to you by GhOne Entertainmet TV with support from Charterhous Productions.