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By Vanessa O. Vanderpuye  & Darlington Adu

March 25, 2023. Adabraka, ACCRA: Last Saturday, the SRC of African University College of Communications (AUCC) held the first round of auditions for the revamped university pageant, “Face of AUCC“. The auditions took place at Rubee Fast Food, Adabraka, around 11am. Out of the 30 participants that signed up, ten showed up, each dressed in a white tank top, blue denims and heels as prescribed.

“The pageant is being organized by the SRC to give the ladies of AUCC a voice to stand on and to train them to be confident and eloquent in life,” said AUCC-SRC Women’s Commissioner Gladys Anima Agbenyo whose office organized the event. “[It] is to help the many ladies who are willing and ready to venture into anything that challenges their personalities, especially politics”, she explained.

The contest was judged by a three-member panel including AUCC-SRC Welfare Officer Deborah Lariba and Miss Malaika 2022 2nd Runner-up Rebecca Abrahams. Generally speaking, the contestants blew the minds of the pageant judges with their outstanding and enthusiastic performances.  Members of the audience say they had a great time.

Before the start of the audition, each contestant was made a short video selfie where they introduced themselves, shared their aim for participating in the pageant and listed reasons why they should win. Each contestant then had a photoshoot.

“We will be looking out for creative ladies who can be themselves and think outside the box,” said AUCC-SRC Organizing Secretary Fidelis Antwi-Agyei, adding that he hopes the aspiring queens will sell their individual brands and the school brand with some “sense of maturity”.

The audition for each contestant lasted not more than five minutes. The judge’s enquiries ranged from questions about AUCC, individual contestants’ personal life, and general ones.

The judges say they were impressed by the high level of confidence and fluency.

At the end of the auditions they congratulated the participants on their performances and send them off to await the results of eviction during the second round at a date and place to be announced later.

Chelsea Erskine, one of the contestants, plans to win the competition.

“I would like to walk with my head held up high in the corridors of AUCC as well as gain a loud voice of my own”, she said.

Other contestants Akosua and Emmanuella say they intend to use the platform to boost their confidence levels as well their intellectual skills.

AUCC-SRC Welfare Officer Deborah Lariba, who was one of the judges, explained that to win, a contestant must exhibit confidence, creativity, eloquence, indebt thinking and above all, discipline.

Judges at work

The first edition of the “Face of AUCC” was held in March 2018.


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