View Full Version : Philemon Dabrah wins Citi FM's 'Write Away' 2011

15th October 2011, 10:18 PM
The ‘Write Away’ Contest 2011 organized by CitiFM will certainly go down in the history books as arguably the most memorable and entertaining till date.

It is not only because 14-year old, Philemon Dabrah, is the first male to have won the highly contested national writing competition, but more importantly, that every one of the top ten finalists for the first time will get the chance to enjoy a travel experience.


What a spectacular way to end the campaign!

The ‘Write Away’Contest has over the years, and till date, sought to develop and nurture the writing and thinking capabilities of Ghanaian children, penning down on varying social issues.

It will be recalled that ahead of the 2011 contest, the campaign started with the ‘Write Away’ Writing Clinic, which provided over 800 pupils in the Accra and Tema Metropolis, the platform to be taken through the rudiments of Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non Fiction writing.

To disprove the wide spread notion that the Ghanaian child is painfully ignorant as a result of the apathetic attitude towards reading and writing, the Deputy Director of the Ghana Education Service, Mr. Ahetor Tsegah, who was the special guest of honour at the Awards Ceremony said the competition had come to boost the confidence of the Ghanaian society in cultivating in her children the capacity to believe in their abilities.

This year’s topic themed “Ghana has finally discovered oil. Discuss ways that you will use the oil revenue to develop the country if you were President of Ghana” certainly was a challenging subject, nonetheless the hundreds of essays that flooded in were a testament of the writing talent still abundant in the 54 year old Ghana.

At the end of it all, six winners emerged with the ultimate prize of a week’s all-expense paid educational trip to one of three foreign destinations, South Africa, Namibia or London. True to this, the Write Away contest transformed the lives of the winner, Dabrah Philemon who had the privilege of choosing the destination of his choice.

Master Philemon also received a Merban Family Saver account with an initial deposit of ¢500, courtesy of Merchant Bank.

The first runner up, Nana Kwame Nyarko-Ansong, and second runner up ,Bagonluri Peggy also went away smiling with a Merban Family Saver account with an initial deposit of GH¢300 and GH¢200 respectively.

The top three winners including, Etornam Awo Akplagah, Lily Nyarko, Abigail Seyra Ama Adoblanui, also held on tightly their ticket to South Africa, Namibia and London respectively.

The Grande finale, however, took a pleasantly surprising turn.

There was a roar of applause, when the Managing Director of Citi FM, Mr. Samuel Atta-Mensah, in his closing remarks offered, on behalf of the company to sponsor Hilda Dassah Dellagmini, one of the remaining four of top ten finalists, on a trip with her contenders.

As if that was not enough, a clearly captivated guardian also offered to shoulder the expenses of a London trip for Jesse Hornsby-Odoi, Ann-Marie Donkoh, and Akosua Gyebi-Donkor, the other three out of the top ten finalists. Everyone clearly left a winner.

So as the 5th edition of the ‘Write Away’ Contest comes to a successful end, a life changing experience begins for our winners. We can only wish them well.

The Write Away Awards ceremony was held at the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel.

CitiFM’s 2011 ‘Write Away’ contest is sponsored by Virgin Atlantic, Merchant Bank, Air Namibia, The Host, and British Council, Ghana with support from ETV Ghana.

Kwakyewaa Owusu-Nyantakyi/Citifmonline. com