Miss Universe Ghana, 19-year-old Hanniel Jamin, has sued Roberta Annan Consulting (RAC), organisers of the pageant in Ghana, for breach of contract.
Hanniel, after winning the pageant in May 2013, was to receive GH¢5,000 worth of wardrobe, a New York Film Academy scholarship, a management and public relations deal, and a year’s gym membership, monthly fees and a trip to the world event in addition to other attractive packages.
However, she says she has not received her full prize package. She also alleged that when she was processing her documents to travel to Russia to represent Ghana at the Miss Universe World event, the organizers made her sign a document which suggested she had received her prizes.
Hanniel was in May 2013 crowned winner of the 2013 edition of the Miss Universe Ghana pageant at a ceremony held at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra.
Judges for the event were Leila Lopez, 2011 Miss Universe winner; popular actress Yvonne Nelson; presenter Benny Blanco; Brian D. Hogan, founder of investment firm Paradigm Capital Group; and model Veronica Varekova.
Sources revealed that organizers were served with the writ sometime last week. This is the second time a queen had taken organizers of the Miss Universe Ghana to court over the prize package.
The first was Miss Gifty Ofori, Miss Universe Ghana 2012, who took the organizers to court last year after she came out to complain that she did not receive her full prize package.