Thelma Tawiah: Meet The Ghanaian Lawyer Who Was The First-Ever Woman To Wear The Miss Malaika Crown In 2003

Thelma Tawiah: Meet The Ghanaian Lawyer Who Was The First-Ever Woman To Wear The Miss Malaika Crown In 2003

  • The first winner of Miss Malaika Thelma Tawiah is one of the outstanding Ghanaian lawyers educating law students on how to have a successful career after law school
  • In 2020, she was recognised in the Glitz Africa Women issue as one of the 73 leading corporate women in Ghana
  • The beauty queen has over a decade's experience in law practice management, spanning operations, strategy and business development
  • In an exclusive interview with Thelma Tawiah spoke about how the pageant changed her life

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Ghanaian lawyer Thelma Tawiah is the first winner of the prestigious Miss Malaika beauty pageant. The KNUST student who read law at the University of Ghana celebrated her 40th birthday on August 7, 2023.

Miss Malaika 2003 winner Thelma Tawiah
Miss Malaika 2003 winner Thelma Tawiah slays in a short hairstyle. Photo credit: @missmalaika
Source: Instagram

In an exclusive interview with, Thelma Tawiah revealed that competing in Miss Malaika impacted her life.

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Just like every experience, there was an impact. I was more popular, more recognisable in the first few months.
I got invited to places that I’d ordinarily not have been able to access. I worked with the AIDS Commission which was a great experience professionally.
I always had to remind myself that it wasn’t about me…but the crown…and one day, it would all go away so I had to focus on what’s important to me and make sure I get the best out of the opportunity. I did.

Thelma Tawiah talks about the relevance of pageantries

The successful beauty queen disclosed that one must to fully prepared before joining any pageant.

I wouldn’t use “encourage”. I wouldn't stop them if that’s what someone wants to do. It’s a lot of hard work, even if it may not look like it.

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It builds confidence, opens a whole new network and May teach a person things about herself they may not know eg how to compete and win/lose gracefully.
So if that’s what someone wants to do, then by all means, they should go ahead, especially if they know why they’re doing it and competing will help fulfil it.

In an Instagram post, Miss Malaika organisers celebrated Thelma as a pioneer and someone who has led an exemplary lifestyle after winning the crown. They captioned the post:

Wishing you the happiest 40th birthday, @ms.thelmatawiah - Our first Queen, Miss Malaika Ghana 2003.
Your life's journey has been an extraordinary tale of inspiration. You've blossomed into a genuine role model for all, igniting the spirits of numerous young women to embrace their inner girl bosses and rise as aspiring professionals.
We hold a profound affection for you and offer our sincere prayers for a future brimming with blessings. May your path ahead be adorned with even greater fulfillment and beauty.

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