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You’re beautiful, but no hijab on Ghana’s Most Beautiful – DETAILS of how TV3 sacked Muslim lady from auditions

Zainab Alhassan, a Muslim last whose Ghana’s Most Beautiful dream was cut short because of hijab has explained how it all happened in an account. 

While TV3 is yet to officially respond to the issue, Zainab recalled being told:

“Zainab you are very good but since You decided not to remove your hijab there is nothing we can do.”

The lady who wrote her own story on Facebook is a graduate of the Ghana Institute of Journalism took her chances to partake in this year’s Kumasi audition to represent her region in the 2020 Ghana’s Most Beautiful competition. Her dream was however cut short when she was told by judge Prince David Osei that:

“ Zainab you are very good but since You decided not to remove your hijab there is nothing we can do.”


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Last year, when two hijab wearing Muslim ladies were accepted into the run to become Miss Malaika, one of the many beauty pageants in our country, I was very impressed. Finally! I said to myself, progress has been made.
The issue of the hijab has been a debate in the Ghanaian society. After several years of discrimination in schools and workplaces against Muslim women who choose to cover up, several social Media protests, debates and marches were held  across Ghana last year to protest against hijab discrimination.

It is however very surprising that after this much progress has been made, a beautiful and qualified lady will be prevented from participating in this year’s TV3 Ghana’s most beautiful because she insisted on wearing her hijab.
Ms. Zainab Alhassan, a graduate of the Ghana Institute of Journalism took her chances to partake in this year’s Kumasi audition to represent her region in the 2020 Ghana’s Most Beautiful competition. Her dream was however cut short when she was told by judge Prince David Osei that:
“ Zainab you are very good but since You decided not to remove your hijab there is nothing we can do.”
Really Tv3 Ghana? There’s nothing you can do about a very obvious beautiful and qualified Ghanaian lady who is passionate about her region and is ready to showcase it to the world? When did Muslims stop being a part of the Ghanaian culture?
Ms. Zainab was auditioning to represent the Upper West Region. The region’s capital, Wa is a highly Muslim populated community, yet, she was turned away because of one of the things that make her a true Upper Westerner?  Salma Mumin you’re an Upper Westerner. Shouldn’t you know better?
It is very ironic that Both Salma Mumin and Prince David Osei who were the judges present during the audition were so quick to jump into the on-going protests about racism and the killing of black men in the United States of America. Forgive me for even trying to compare what Ms. Zainab went through to what several African-American people go through on a daily basis. But discrimination on any level is still discrimination, and this is why some sections of Ghanaians believe we shouldn’t even include ourselves in the on-going protests about racism.
Dear Tv3 Ghana you have recently won my heart with your new structure and programming, please keep this level of progress you have made intact and don’t soil it by encouraging something as despicable as this.
The Muslim woman is also a Ghanaian woman. If you are going to turn someone away, do it on a concrete basis, not because of her tribe, religion, or sex.
#Hijabisanidentity

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