THE CONTESTANTS


Francyn Amuah-Fuster
Francyn Amuah-Fuster

Francyn Amuah-Fuster

Location: Enfield

Background/ Tribe: Fante, Cape Coast

Occupation: Accounts Assistant

Hobbies and Experience: My experience so far includes my Bachelor’s degree with honours in Mathematics, Accounting and Finance and I am also a part qualified ACCA Accountant. I have previously been part of the ACS (African Caribbean Society) where I acted as the Event’s Organiser. My hobbies including promoting and organising events as well as dancing. This is something I wish to take further.

Gail Hammond
Gail Hammond

Gail Charlotte Araba Nkrumah Hammond

Age: 23

Location: London

Background/ Tribe: Fante

Occupation: Retail Banker

Hobbies and Experience: The thing I enjoy most is spending time with loved ones. I am a very family orientated person, and I am extremely driven by family. I am never complacent and always have a drive to achieve more. I am a psychology graduate and have a desire to return to university in the near future to further my studies and obtain a master's degree in clinical psychology. I am concerned about leading a healthy lifestyle, and regular exercise has become a part of my lifestyle. I absolutely love listening to music and singing along to it, and just love to have a good time.

Janet Osei-Berchie
Janet Osei-Berchie

Janet Mamme Adjoa Osei-Berchie

Age: 24

Location: South East London/Kent

Background/ Tribe: Ashanti

Occupation: Graduate Design Manager in Construction

Hobbies and Experience: I enjoy running, I completed my first half Marathon this year and have set my goal on a full Marathon, running gives me the ability to push myself and achieve things my mind and body didn't think it could achieve. I also enjoy travelling, I have been lucky enough in my life in the past 3 years to travel a lot and see other cultures and people. Travelling allows me to enjoy my main hobby which is Food! I get to enjoy and try the different types of food! When I travel the first thing I do before going is research into the traditional food. During my travels last year I was lucky enough to go to Nepal for around a month to help with a charity rebuilding a school. The devastating earthquake the year before left the whole country in real need of help to rebuild. That was an experience that I will forever cherish, the work was hard but I never felt that I accomplished enough. I was also able to travel with my mother and some family friends to Calais to help out in one of the kitchens prepping and making meals for the refugees in the camp. It's hard to speak so openly about these experiences and feel any joy that you may have helped when you are able to leave those people suffering behind and return to the comforts of your own home and family. I must also add that I really do enjoy the small things in life - spending time with family and friends, music, Food and most importantly Game of Thrones, Scandal and HTGWM and Power .

Amanda Owusu
Amanda Owusu

Amanda Nana Nyarko Abronoma Owusu

Age: 22

Location: Manchester

Background/ Tribe: Ashanti

Occupation: Business and Management Graduate/Freelance Hairdresser

Hobbies and Experience: I have a major interest in the creative arts which forms the foundations of the hobbies that I enjoy partaking in. I enjoy singing, poetry, acting and watching others showcase their talents. I absolutely love to travel and this interest developed in my placement year where I was blessed with the opportunity to work in 2 locations (Malta and Switzerland) as well as visit 4 other countries. I also have many years experience in the hairdressing industry which started at the age of 14 and continues to form a very important part of who I am as a brand. Through this I am able to empower women, restore confidence and remind women that the service I provide is merely an enhancement of the beauty that they already possess, an area that I am very passionate about.

Natalie Wireko
Natalie Wireko

Natalie Ohema Akosua- Anokyewaa Wireko

Age: 22

Location: East London

Background/ Tribe: Ashanti and Brong Ahafo

Occupation: Fully Qualified Teacher

Hobbies and Experience: I love singing, and cooking, they are my ultimate hobbies. I also have a great passion for teaching hence the career choice within the education sector. I have been fortunate enough to spend many months volunteering in schools in Ghana and within the UK, with the aim of promoting the love for reading and writing. This was a very enriching experience and a true eye opener to the fact that the next generation needs our help! Teaching has always been a passion of mine from a very young age. From singing in the choir at the age of 11, to leading praise and worship on a glorious Sunday morning. My love and enthusiasm for children did not rest there! As I continued on to become a Sunday school teacher. Investing my time in young people is a commitment. One I have vowed to embrace.

Abigail Nsuapim
Abigail Nsuapim

Abigail Nkrumah Nsuapim

Age: 23

Location: Manchester

Background/ Tribe: Ashanti

Occupation: Recruitment and Resourcing (Human Resources)

Hobbies and Experience: I enjoy travelling, vlogging, cooking and photography. I am also very passionate about doing charity work. I am currently a secretary for the Good Seed Charity Foundation, which aims to support maternity wards in Ghana by raising awareness of the lack of equipment in hospitals for pregnant women in Ghana.

Suzanne Diamond
Suzanne Diamond

Suzanne Araba Rachel Diamond

Age: 23

Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Background/ Tribe: British & Ghanaian (Fante)

Occupation: HR Administrator

Hobbies and Experience: I enjoy being productive and active. To execute that, I engage in activities such as blogging and fitness- weight training to be exact. Since 2016, I have been blogging about natural hair and its connection to our culture and heritage, I enjoy mentoring on this point and its connection to how we live our lives. This is my way of giving back to the community as I enjoy the impact that it has on an individual; knowing that you can inflict a positive change in someone’s life gives me an indescribable feeling of fulfilment.

Abenaa Brobbey
Abenaa Brobbey

Maame Abenaa Ataa Serwaa Brobbey

Age: 21

Location: London

Background/tribe: Ashanti and Bono

Occupation: Law student

Hobbies and experience: I enjoy sight-seeing, trying different types of food, reading and watching YouTube videos - I find them entertaining and educative. In secondary school in Ghana, I was selected to be part of a charity group my school came up with. We held fundraisers regularly and raised awareness about some of the difficulties those in the deprived areas faced. During my time there we came up with a mobile library and we also built a children's playground for a Nursery School in Agona Swedru. It was truly a humbling expensive and from there I knew I wanted to do more to help my country.

Sveta Ankomah
Sveta Ankomah

Sveta Nana-Ama Ankomah

Age: 22

Location: London, Essex

Background/ Tribe: Fante

Occupation: Cardiac Physiologist

Hobbies and Experience: I enjoy keeping active and keeping up to date with current affairs. I also enjoy music and dancing.

Sheryl Odame
Sheryl Odame

Sheryl-Ann Akosua Ohene-Odame

Age: 24

Location: Surrey

Background/ Tribe: Ashanti

Occupation: Teacher of Mathematics (Secondary School)

Hobbies and Experience: I thoroughly enjoy baking and travelling. I tutor weekly and have also mentored students in the past, acting as a positive role model, leader and adviser on higher education. During this time I lead five students in weekly sessions, encouraging them to set goals for themselves and supported them in fulfilling them. I have also worked in a special educational needs school. I dealt and assisted with the personal care of students and interacted with the children in their daily activities and tasks. My passion is working with children to ensure they excel in what they aspire to do.

Priscilla Owusu
Priscilla Owusu

Priscilla Akosua Boatemaa Owusu

Age: 20

Location: East London, Waltham Forest

Background/ Tribe: Ashanti

Occupation: Screenwriter | Music video & Film Producer

Hobbies and Experience: My hobbies involve reading. I like to read and acquire more knowledge on my craft as a creative. I am very passionate about writing & producing. In 2015 my first online series I wrote called ‘A Lesson Learnt’ won a Screen Nation Award for Best Web Series Ensemble. This was an overwhelming experience which is why I continue to read as knowledge is the biggest investment to the human brain.

Esther Arthur
Esther Arthur

Esther Henewaah Arthur

Age: 18

Location: Manchester

Background/ Tribe: Ashanti

Occupation: Business Management student.

Hobbies and Experience: I believe life is all about experiences, adventures and making the most of what life and its opportunities has to offer. I love to travel and visit new places. Cheerleading, and dancing is a great passion of mine, I have the opportunity to perform and represent them in showcases across Manchester, and it has really hell to develop my personal skills.

Sabina Awuni
Sabina Awuni

Sabina Lawabea Awuni

Age: 23

Location: Kent

Background/ Tribe: Northerner – Frafra people

Occupation: Instructor Training & Development Administrator

Hobbies and Experience: I enjoy dancing, singing, drawing, writing poetry and reading books particularly by Timothy Keller or C.S Lewis. I am very passionate about the charity sector. I’ve worked in it most of my adult life. Both abroad and in the UK with charities like Action Against Hunger, Independent Age and currently. Mental Health first aid England which is an organisation that trains in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) skills. I also love travelling and since I consider myself a bit of a humanitarian I volunteered in Tanzania in 2016 for a few months as water hygiene and sanitation teacher, I learnt conversational Swahili and got to experience a new African culture.

Karen Asamoah
Karen Asamoah

Karen Maame Yaa Obeng-Asamoah

Age: 19

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Background/ Tribe: Fante/Ashanti

Occupation: Criminology Student

Hobbies and Experience: I enjoy travelling so much so that I have set myself a target to travel the whole of Europe by the age of 21. Alongside travelling, I also enjoy many other girly things such as make-up, hair and fashion. Working as part of a group is mainly where my experience is. This does not only stem from my experience within retail but also through my experience gained as Chair of my Junior Leadership Team at 6th form. Working together towards a greater outcome is something I truly stand by.

Eyram Ahorsu
Eyram Ahorsu

Eyram Eiko Afua Ahorsu

Age: 21

Location: Canterbury, Kent

Background/ Tribe: Ewe & Ga

Occupation: Undergraduate Psychology Student

Hobbies and Experience: I enjoy reading, listening to music and spending quality time with my loved ones. Recently, my experience as Secretary for my uni’s African Caribbean Society instilled in me a zeal for helping Black British youth achieve their goals. I am also very passionate about mental health. As a PR officer for a social enterprise, Half Full Not Empty my main responsibility is to update the social media accounts with content, which helps individuals not only attain but also maintain a healthy state of mind. I’ll soon be starting a placement year with Sussex NHS Partnership as an assistant psychologist in their specialised eating disorders service.

Rachel Osei-Tutu
Rachel Osei-Tutu

Rachel Osei-Tutu

Age: 21

Location: Buckinghamshire

Background/ Tribe: Ashanti

Occupation: Student

Hobbies and Experience: My hobbies include, exercising, reading and socialising. I was a Junior Accountant prior to this competition and once upon a time, I was top 10 in the UK for Women’s 300m .

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