Volta Region’s Selorm wins GMB 2023

Selorm Magdalene Gafah, who represented the Volta Region in this year’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful, has been named the winner.

The 13-week reality show’s most well-known contestant, Selorm, defeated Naa Ayeley of the Greater Accra Region to win the title in the finale on October 8 at the National Theatre.

Kwartemaa of the Bono Region finished third, followed by Nurah of the Northern Region and Aduanige of the Upper East Region in that order.

Selorm wins GMB 2023

It was a breathtaking grand-finale at the National Theatre as all the five finalists brought their A-game to bear in front of a charged audience.

Aduanige opened the show for the contestants after a performance from OliveTheBoy.

She showcased some of the tourism potentials of her region, provoking positive remarks from judge Janet Sunkwa-Mills.

“What a way to open the show, Nige,” Ms Sunkwa-Mills remarked, adding later: “I think you marketed your region very well.”

Veteran judge of the region-based beauty reality show, Linda Ampah, was back in a familiar seat, as she joined the panel of judges at the finals.

Despite congratulating Aduanige, Madam Linda Ampah said the finalist over-emphasised farming in the Upper East Region in her performance, failing to give figures regarding the tourism revenue investors stand to rake back.

Eventual winner Selorm was the third contestant to mount the stage after Nurah.

She showcased some of the rich cultural and traditional heritage of the Volta Region.

She mentioned the great personalities that the Region has blessed this country with, giving a list that included late former President Jerry John Rawlings, late playwright Efo Kodjo Mawugbe and late singer Ephraim Amu.

“We are one Volta, one united people, together we can do great things,” Selorm concluded her presentation as she danced to the popular Agbadza dance.

Judge Dzigbordi Dosoo could not hide her admiration but to remark: “Throughout the competition, you came gracefully, today you came powerfully.”

In the Q&A session, Selorm was asked about her views on the Free SHS Policy implemented by the government.

“The Free SHS Policy, I believe, is a good policy because it has lifted the financial burdens on parents and has also provided free access to education in the second-cycle to every Ghanaian regardless of their status,” she began, citing how a cousin of hers became a beneficiary.

She, however, observed that there are challenges with the Policy, urging more infrastructure and funds to boost the programme.

With the judges with 60 percent and audience and viewers with 40 percent of the power to select the winner, Selorm was announced the 2023 GMB queen.

Selorm wins GMB 2023

She annexes the crown which was last won by a representative of the Region in 2012. Emefa Adeti won that year.

Selorm will drive away the brand new car and a cash prize of GH¢15,000. She will also win a Camon 20 brand new phone from Tecno and GH¢5,000 worth of products from the company.

She will also be on an all-expense-paid trip to Dubai kind courtesy Global Wings Travel and Tour.

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