Organizers of Ghana’s Most Beautiful reality show on TV3 have indicated that they are not aware of any allegations of discrimination against a contestant in this year’s auditions.
A few days ago, social media was set ablaze after a Muslim lady took to her Facebook page to complain about what she describes as discrimination against her religious beliefs.
The story as she narrated was that she decided to participate in the beauty pageant but lost the opportunity to do so due to her strong stance on wearing her head covering; the Hijab.
According to Zainab Alhassan, a graduate of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, despite how well she tried during the auditions, the judges categorically stated that she cannot be allowed to partake in the competition due to her decision not to remove the Hijab.
“Just a few days ago I decided to try my luck on one of the most popular reality TV shows in Ghana. Ghana’s Most beautiful…During the auditions I did great, I didn’t flop for once, I didn’t shake or become super nervous in fact I was exuding confidence but it took a different turn when the issue of my hijab came up, I was asked why I wore it to the auditions, I explained, again I was asked if I will take it off in the course of the contest if I’m asked due to one activity or the other, I told them in this day and age, there’s really nothing that one cannot do in her hijab. Another question was asked that since I’m insisting I will not remove it “ do you bath in your hijab” as ridiculous as that question was I still answered, oh I was also asked how I make my hair, I told them I go to the salon obviously. In fact, about 40% of the questions asked were based on my hijab.”
“The time of reckoning came when they were to pick those moving on to the next stage, they mention your name and tell you your fate. I was the fourth to be called and I stepped forward and he [the host] said: “Zainab you are very good but since you decided not to remove your hijab there is nothing we can do.” I was devastated but I kept it cool. I am sure the girls there selected to move to the next stage were very good no doubt, and I cannot tell if they did better than me which is very possible. What I did not understand why my hijab could be a hindering factor to my progress in the competition,” she wrote.
While this is not the first time a Hijab-wearing Muslim has reported such acts of alleged discrimination, many have described Zainab as an attention seeker who is using a ‘non-issue’ to create attention for herself.
Some social media users have however called on TV3 to respond to the said allegations.
When ABC News reached out to the organizers of the show for their comment on the matter, Chris Commey one of the show’s organizers said the incident has not come to their attention and added that they will launch an inquiry into what exactly transpired.
“I haven’t heard of it, you are now telling me so we will find out what happened.”