Details: why people from the Volta Region of Ghana are called number 9

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It is common to find Ghanaians calling their fellow citizens from the Volta Region number 9.

The reason is that in 1957 (the year Ghana attained independence) during the first ever Miss Ghana Beauty contest, the Volta Regional representative, Monica Amekoafia was contestant number 9 in that year’s beauty pageant.

Born in 1934, the then 23 year old Monica eventually emerged the winner of the Miss Ghana beauty Contest in 1957.

It was her number that brought about the name number 9 for the people of the Volta Region.

Below is her statue.


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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