CONTESTANTS

CONTESTANT NUMBER 1
ireneName: Irene Praises Abena Adjeiwaa Mansa Okodie Acheampong
Age: 19
Location: Milton Keynes
Background/Tribe: Kumasi – Ashanti
Occupation: Student (Medical Physiology and Diagnostics – Wolverhampton University)
Hobbies and Experience:
Reading and Dancing! I like reading in my leisure time and plan to write short stories of my own. I am also part of my church dance ministry.

CONTESTANT NUMBER 2
lisa_dName: Lisa Naana Attea Boakye-Danquah
Age: 23
Location: Surrey
Background/ Tribe: Akan – Akyem
Occupation: Student (Architecture – University of East London)
Hobbies and Experience:
Singing is part of me. I love music especially gospel and find that without it I am unable to
function. I also enjoy all kinds of art and going to museums. I am especially drawn to
design, be it architecture or fashion.

CONTESTANT NUMBER 3
leanneName: Leanne Ama Kwarteng-Amaning
Age: 19
Location: Walthamstow, East LondonBackground/ Tribe: Ashanti
Occupation: Student (Psychology – University of Nottingham)
Hobbies and Experience:
I am interested in beauty & make up and in the future would like to do freelance makeup work. I also enjoy digital arts, photography and blogging.

CONTESTANT NUMBER 4
efuaName: Efua Kwayisibea-Dokyi
Age: 26
Location: London
Background/ Tribe: Ga-Dangme/Akuapem
Occupation: Clinical Trial Specialist
Hobbies and Experience:
Badminton, Running, Swimming

CONTESTANT NUMBER 5
rachelName: Rachel Ama Djan
Age: 19
Location: Coventry
Background/ Tribe: Ashanti, Bekwai
Occupation: Student (Educational Studies – De Montford University).
Hobbies and Experience:
When I’m not studying or working, I love to act and dance. I am part of a theatre company called Black youth theatre, where we perform in front of many audiences. I also love to dance in my spare time, and hope to teach younger children in the near future.

CONTESTANT NUMBER 6
samanthaName: Samantha Josephine Awuku
Age: 26
Location: South West London
Background/ Tribe: Western Region, Ga
Occupation: Payroll Administrator
Hobbies and Experience:
Exercising, watching movies, babysitting, listening to music, travelling

CONTESTANT NUMBER 7
lisa_aName: Lisa Nana Akua Adu-Apenteng
Age: 21
Location: West Ham
Background/ Tribe: Ashanti/Akropong
Occupation: Student – (Music Business – Notting Hill Academy of Music )
Hobbies and Experience:
I love to sing! I’ve had the privilege of doing 3 UK tours with Fuse ODG, performing at all the major UK festivals etc
I also love to dance, not professionally, I just love everything music!

CONTESTANT NUMBER 8
loisName: Lois Aseye Aku Mansa Seanehia
Age: 26yrs
Location: Essex
Background/ Tribe: Ewe – Anlo
Occupation: Post Graduate Student (Mental Health Nursing – City University) First degree – Business and IT (Hull University) and Support Worker
Hobbies and Experience: African dance, music and fitness

CONTESTANT NUMBER 9
nanaName: Nana Oppong-Bonsu
Age: 22
Location: South London/Croydon
Background/ Tribe: Ashanti
Occupation: Customer Service Advisor
Hobbies and Experience: Shopping and working out

CONTESTANT NUMBER 10
andreaName: Andrea Dawuah Archer
Age: 25
Location: North West London
Background/ Tribe: Western Region – Fanti/NzemaOccupation: Caseworker for Looked After Children
Hobbies and Experience:
Reading and calligraphy and my interests include African American studies, youth justice and travelling

CONTESTANT NUMBER 11
noraName: Nora Yaa Abrafi Koto Mistersky
Age: 25
Location: Royal Berkshire
Background/ Tribe: Ashanti
Occupation: Dental Student – (Leeds University) Studied first degree in Biomedical Science (Kings College)
Hobbies and Experience:
I enjoy reading, blogging, singing, travelling and doing sports. I am also very passionate about humanitarian work and mentoring. In 2011 I volunteered in Ghana with my University under Global Brigades as part of the medical/dental team, which was a really enriching experience. Mentoring has been a passion of mine since starting my A-levels and over the years I have come to appreciate the positive impact mentoring can have, which is the reason why I continue to continue investing my time as a mentor.

CONTESTANT NUMBER 12
rachaelName: Rachael Mensah
Age: 19
Location: Mottingham, South east London
Background/ Tribe: Akuapem and Fanti
Occupation: Student – (Pharmacy – De Montford University)
Hobbies and Experience:
Singing and modelling. I’ve also done a lot of work experience when it comes to the healthcare sector. This includes visiting Ghana and working at a hospital in Kasoa as well as with a non governmental organisation in Ghana.

CONTESTANT NUMBER 13
bisounmaName: Bissounma Konlan
Age: 23
Location: South-East London
Background/ Tribe: Bimoba (Northern Region)
Occupation:  Receptionist and administrator, NHS mental health clinic
Hobbies and Experience:
Travelling; researching and writing about controversial social and cultural issues/practices; Socialising; baking and cooking.

CONTESTANT NUMBER 14
daisyName: Daisy Maame Araba Qwoffie
Age: 24
Location: East London
Background/ Tribe: Akuapim (Adukrom) and Fanti (Elmina and Winiba)
Occupation: Hair and Make Up Artist/ University Student – Oxford Brookes – Physiotherapy)
Hobbies and Experience: Dancing, Baking and Make Up Artistry.
I am really passionate about youth work, which led me to take on the role of youth leader in my church. It is my vision to lead the youth into a growing relationship with Christ and to encourage the pursuit of a friendship with God. I am keen to help them understand their God-given gifts so they can begin to use these to positively influence their friends who do not know Jesus.
I was also part of an African Charity Dance group, which not only developed my confidence, but through this I developed the ability to adapt to working in different environments and with different people.

CONTESTANTS 15
shirleyName: Shirley Bekker
Age: 20
Location: Enfield, North London
Background/ Tribe: Ashanti Tribe
Occupation: Student at Cambridge University Studying Natural Sciences
Hobbies and Experience:
Spending time with family and friends; styling hair for myself and others; designing and drawing ideas for modern fashion using traditional African clothing.