GHANA: Afua Adu calls for an urgent seize to illegal goldmining

Afua Adu-Gyamfua Marfo. [Image: courtesy]
GHANA—Ghana’s Most Beautiful contestant 2021, Afua Adu-Gyamfua Marfo is worried about the ignored small scale gold mining in their home region. Locally known as “Galamsey”. Her fears are the far-reaching ripple effect on the lives of her people and the future of Ghana.

Afua Adu Marfo the Eastern Region representative says illegal gold mining is a short-coming to the residents of the region. She states the scary increase in water contamination and pollution will have long-term negative effect to the health of people.

Though it’s unlucky because the casual laborers and locals of the region still depend on the water bodies for household activities.

“Galamsey is causing a lot of harm in my region. The water resources in my region are mostly used by the people and galamsey polluting the water causes harm. It brings sickness because they use it for domestic purposes like washing cooking and bathing. If it is damaged it is going to cause harm to them. They are going to get sick so I decided to pick galamsey as my project to help curb that and help in making the water resources clean for the people in my region.”

Afua, the 19-year-old is of the view that Ghana’s Most Beautiful show (GMB) is the best platform to kick off her “clean waterbodies” campaign. She insisted the relevance of a prominent and respected platform to give fourth faster results because of how urgent and critical the situation is.

“Ghana’s Most Beautiful is a beauty pageant that promotes national development, culture and unity. And for this there is need for a woman who is seen and recognized as beautiful, I am beautiful I am confident, I am eloquent. And I believe I have all the qualities of a crowned queen. This platform is very big and it is going to help me help my people and the whole country.

Currently Afua studies at Knutsford University, majoring in Business Administration and human resource management.