Ghana’s most beautiful woman has failed to attend a beauty pageant in Turkey because the country’s authorities would not give her a visa.
The beauty queen and model named Winifred Esi Sam, aged 20, claimed she did not take part at the Miss Aura International Contest, held in Antalya, Turkey, since 2006, because of the problem and she blamed the Turkey High Commission in Ghana.
She reportedly could not attend the event as she received her visa 10 days after the deadline for her arrival in Turkey, which was supposed to be 10th September.
Sam was instead given a visa with 20th September as the starting date, just when the competition had finished.
In a social media post she said: “My team reached out to the embassy several times and the excuse we were given was that they have about 400 visa applications and that they are busy and can’t check individual visa applications.
She added: “I was not given the chance to represent Ghana at this year’s Miss Aura International in Antalya, Turkey, due to the visa issues.
“I believe I am not the only victim who has been denied a visa.”
Sam who believes she had a high chance of winning the beauty pageant said: “It is time for the country and leaders to pay more attention to pageant queens and give them their maximum support as they represent the country internationally.
“People like us who will represent our country need more support.
“We especially expect help from the government.
“I would like the leaders and citizens to understand that a beauty pageant as a whole is unique and it is not only about the Beauty but also it cuts across Brain, Body, and Behaviour, these are called the 4B elements.”