MISS CARIBBEAN & COMMONWEALTH – ASHENA GREEN – arrives in Ghana for that country’s Independence Day celebrations and Commonwealth Day

By Clayton Goodwin

Ashena Green, the reigning Miss Caribbean & Commonwealth, has arrived in Ghana for a scheduled programme of meetings, charity and promotional appearances, and, of course, the opportunity to experience the country’s social, cultural and natural life. The welcome at the airport was led by Miss International Africa. Before her return on 14th March 2024, Ashena will celebrate Commonwealth Day in the first former Commonwealth colony to achieve independence. Shirley de Lawrence, director of the Miss Caribbean & Commonwealth, and a former winner of the title, and herself Ghanaian, went ahead to confirm arrangements as well as to meet members of her family.

Although she is Jamaican and lives in the Newham borough of London, Ashena has chosen to make her main promotional tour to Ghana because of the competition’s close relationship with that country. The tradition of goodwill was established by her predecessors Shaherah Jordan (nee Williams) and Natalie Galloway who made successful, previous promotional, and personally enjoyable, tours there. Ghanaians have provided three of the contest’s 26 official title-holders – Margarette Alcindor (nee Kyei) and Augustina Appiah (nee Lyons), as well as Ms de Lawrence – as well as several deputies/runners-up.
Their experience has enhanced the relationship between the Ghanaian and Jamaican communities in the United Kingdom, which was already strong.

Shirley informed CaribCommx that during Ashena’s visit every effort will be made to establish a collaborative partnership with the Ghana Tourism Authority, the primary objective of which would be to promote Ghana to the wider Commonwealth community, and beyond, to foster meaningful relationships, and to spotlight key initiatives such as Ghana Beyond the Return. Ashena’s visit is aligned to the Miss Caribbean & Commonwealth organisation’s, and her own, commitment to making positive contributions to the region which she represents and which will enable also the cultural promotion of Ghana by showcasing its vibrant culture, rich heritage and historical landmarks.

Ashena’s visit has been planned to co-incide with, and so that she can participate in, the national celebrations for Ghana’s Independence Day (6th March). Before leaving London, Ashena met with His Excellency Alexander Williams, the Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, to discuss her tour to Ghana and to outline her intention of fostering a relationship between the young people of Jamaica, Ghana and the United Kingdom.

Ashena Green, 26th Miss Caribbean & Commonwealth, meets H.E. Alexander Williams, Jamaican High Commissioner in London
Shirley de Lawrence – Ghana-born director of Miss Caribbean & Commonwealth and former title-holder
Shaherah Jordan – previous title-holder who made successful tour to Ghana
Margarette Alcindor – first Ghanaian / African to win Miss Caribbean & Commonwealth title
Ashena with Clayton Goodwin, founder of Miss Caribbean & Commonwealth

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