By Regina Pratt
The Miss Sierra Leone beauty pageant show, which was organized by Miss Sierra Leone limited at the newly renovated Bintumani conference hall, Aberdeen, Freetown, on Saturday (14 June), was won by a young beauty lady from the southern city of Bo.
Miss Margaret Murray, 26, a student of Law at Fourah Bay College, was crowned ‘Miss Sierra Leone 2014’ at the impressive ceremony, ahead of other contestants from Kenema, Bonthe, Port Loko, Kono, Koinadugu, Kambia, Bombali, Western Urban and Western Rural.
Speaking during the show, Chairman of Miss Sierra Leone Board, Dr. Adonis Aboud, said the contestants were beautiful and intelligent, with more passion to thrill the audience.
He said Sierra Leone culture is a social heritage, although he lamented the fact that natural beauty was being eroded by the use of skin lightening creams.
Dr. Aboud said the ‘Miss Sierra Leone 2014’ beauty pageant was the making of a nation, adding that nothing is wrong in celebrating beauty with our culture.
Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mr. Peter Bayuku Conteh, said the event was significant, and underscored that the current organizers inherited a poorly managed and poorly implemented national beauty pageant contest.
“Beauty is part of our culture and the winner will be an ambassador of Sierra Leone and we will be very supportive of her,” he said, adding that the eventual winner would represent Sierra Leone at the Miss World, Miss ECOWAS, Miss Universe and Miss Africa pageants.
The minister appealed to sponsors of the contest to continue supporting the ministry, as the winner would be used to attract tourist into the country.
The beauty queens walked in front of the judges in beach wears, traditional attire, while dancing to cultural music, evening wear and were asked to give a talk on stage.
The first prize was a car plus Le.10 million plus one year salary, while the 1st runner up collected Le.5million, with the 2nd runner up taking home Le. 3million.