“And the winner is STEPHANIE KARIKARI” – that was the words from the announcer that got young Stephanie shed tears of joy on that stage in 2010; fast forward to 2020 and it’s already ten years ago. For a lady whose confidence is divine, whose path within the time she won to date has been absolutely manicured to perfection. Exactly ten years today – you’d say it’s enough time to relish, cherish on the crown. Steph’s passion to be the best has and still been a recognizable certainty, thus, we caught up with her to talk about then and now, the special chasing moments, among other things.
CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER FOR CLOCKING TEN SOLID YEARS AFTER WINNING THE MISS GHANA CROWN, HOW DOES IT FEEL FOR YOU?
I feel Glorious! It’s an amazing feeling. Sometimes, I still pinch myself and say, “wow, it is ten years already”. It was (and still is) an honor to win and represent my country out there, the experiences along the road then and now – are all blessings.
LOOKING BACK AT 2010 AND 2020, WHAT HAS CHANGED FOR YOU AS A PERSON AND COLLECTIVELY AS A BRAND?
Growth! The grace of growing and developing myself in the directions that pleases me and the crown that gave me the opportunity. If you look at me as a person then and now, you can tell that a lot has changed, a lot have been built in the process, a lot has sharpened, refined, improved. As a brand, I must say that God has given me an amazing Team who together we are toddling hand-in-hand, because the mission is to impact.
EVERY HUMAN HAS ONE OR TWO LESSONS TO BE LEARNT IN THE JOURNEY OF LIFE, WHAT ARE SOME OF YOURS?
I have learnt so many lessons in this journey; of course it’s important that one learns in the echelons of life. I have learnt that (1) Humility is key. (2) Hard work is a priority and (3) patience is a virtue. How did I learn all these? They come from experiences of life and I am grateful to God for the things that I have known within this past ten years.
YOU HAVE DEVELOPED INTO AN AMAZING YOUNG LADY FROM DAY ONE OF WINNING, DIFFERENT QUEENS HAVE EMERGED, WOULD YOU SAY THAT THE MISS GHANA BRAND HAS LIVED UP TO YOUR EXPECTATIONS?[Laughs] Almost, because a lot of queens before me have reached high levels of success, so it would be nice to have the brand that put us on a certain pedestal to be as successful as we wish. The current organizers are doing their best but in life, there is always room for improvement.
YOU DELVED INTO CONSULTANCY, OWNING A SKIN CARE LINE, OWNING YOUR OWN TELEVISION PROGRAM, AMONG OTHER THINGS – HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO JOGGLE ALL THESE AND STILL MAINTAIN YOUR SANITY?
It hasn’t been easy, but staying idle makes me itch. Work makes me happy as much as it stresses me out. Life is a learning curve and as long as we live, we cannot say that we shall not grow, so in wanting to grow health, you must try as much as possible to have a formidable team to help that ‘sanity’ that you just spoke about.
YOU RECENTLY BECAME A MOTHER; TELL US HOW THAT HAS BEEN GOING, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUR HANDS BEEN FULL WITH PROJECTS
It’s been the BEST times. Again it falls back on the kind of team that I have. We plan everything and make sure that we give time to everything that requires its attention at every particular moment.
2020 IS AN ELECTION YEAR IN GHANA, YOU ONE TIME CAME UP WITH THE ‘I SPEAK FOR PEACE’ PROJECT DURING ONE OF THE ELECTION PERIOD WAY BACK – WHY DIDN’T WE SEE OR HEAR ANYTHING FROM THE INITIATIVE THIS YEAR?
With so much work on my hands, and the Covid-19 pandemic, our plan of touring schools was put on a halt. You see, we had so much on our plate and most were to be physical so the idea of going virtual wouldn’t have given the niche. We must also say that we’ve been working behind the scenes doing a lot. The key thing is that peace reigns, Ghanaians choose a leader of their choice and allow tranquility prevail. Hopefully, in four years’ time, we shall be clear to bring back the initiative.
DIFFERENT BEAUTY QUEEN CONTESTANTS OR WINNERS ALIKE HAVE RISEN TO MANAGE OR OWN PAGEANT FIRMS, DO YOU SEE YOURSELF GOING THAT LINE – IF ‘YES’, WHY? IF ‘NO’, WHY?
Definitely. But when the time is right. I have been fortunate to have been through the most prestigious pageant in Ghana, I would love to give young ladies various opportunities through pageantry. With that said, I have been part of some judging across Africa. I love to be behind, learn and gather much insight as to how this is handled.
IN THE TEN YEARS FROM NOW, STEPHANIE WOULD SURELY BE CELEBRATING ANOTHER MILESTONE – WHAT WOULD GHANA AND AFRICA AT LARGE BE GETTING IN TERMS OF YOUR BRAND?
Nothing less than the best! With an amazing team, long life, new creative ideas, the world would see us reach and touch the skies.