In the coming days, I will be shinning the spotlight on two intelligent and beautiful contestants in African pageantry in the USA. First up is Miss Ghana USA – Whitney Osei who I met a few years ago. At our first meeting, I loved her personality, she has a very enthusiastic and warm energy. I was also intrigued by her passion for entrepreneurship and impressed by her intelligence. Over time, her wisdom and compassion shone through the projects she took on and she continues to be an inspiration as she selflessly supports others. So I was very excited to learn of her being a Miss Ghana USA 2014 finalist. I know she will represent well.
Whitney Appeanimaa Osei hails from the Akyim-Abuakwah capital Kibi located in the southern part of the eastern region of Ghana. Growing up, Whitney was always outspoken and ambitious, proving herself to be a leader at a very young age. After spending the first six years of her youth in Ghana, Whitney migrated to the United States where she lived in Maryland briefly before relocating to Atlanta, Georgia where she currently resides. As a young adult, Whitney faced many obstacles which only fueled her hunger to achieve success. She relied on her ambition and determination for inspiring creativity and innovation across the African diaspora to persevere through her toughest challenges.
In 2011, Whitney represented Ghana in the Miss West Africa USA scholastic beauty pageant and was crowned First Runner-Up. During her reign, Whitney developed Influence Africa: a social media platform that allows young Africans across the diaspora to shed light on current projects and innovative achievements as well as network and share information in the hopes of inspiring and motivating the next generation of African leaders and decision-makers. Read more about her here
Whitney is also a great hostess and radio personality. She was my undisputed choice to emcee my concert project last year at Afrodreamfest Atlanta
The Miss Ghana USA organization was founded on a very clear set of goals and aspirations.
Vision: To be recognized as a world class organization that consistently brings amazing women to the forefront and supports them as they work to achieve their individual goals in the context of their cultural roots.
Mission Statement:The Miss Ghana USA’s mission is to find and promote exceptional women with a strong interest in education, humanitarian issues and the Ghanaian culture. The 2014 pageant takes place on July 12th at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in New York. More info at www.missghanausa.org
Whitney says:“I’m 23 and I am the founder of a fashion start-up company Julie A. which I am using to create job opportunities for Ghanaians and one of my goals is to build a garment manufacturing company in Ghana to provide jobs. I will be developing programs to educate business owners and give them the tools to build strong businesses so that they can hire their fellow Ghanaians that are right out of college. This also comes with empowering women to become entrepreneurs and leaders in their communities.”
Beautifully Dreaming… Positively Doing..