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General News of Friday, 31 January 2003


NRC Logo award winners receive prizes

The National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) on Friday presented prizes in Accra, to six winners of a logo competition of the Commission, as recognition of their contributions to the reconciliation process.

The ultimate prize of 500,000 cedis and a certificate went to Mr Peter Brew, a freelance journalist, based in Cape Coast, whose prize was received, on his behalf by his sister.

The entry of Mr Newtown Kuka of Adabie Education Complex Complex, Kumasi, was adjudged the second best, with a prize of 300,000 cedis and a certificate. Mr. Samuel Appau, of the Ministry of the Interior, Accra, won the third prize of 200,000 and a certificate.

Three consolation prizes of 100,000 cedis and a certificate each went to Mr Godson Tawiah Apronti, an artist at Madina; Mr Michael Martey Padi, Art Teacher at Otrokpe Roman Catholic Junior Secondary School; and Miss Naa Korkor Nyadubi Tetteh of the University of Ghana, Legon.

In a brief speech, Dr Ken Agyemang Attafuah, Executive Secretary of the Commission, congratulated the award winners and said they reflected a deep artistic thinking which was reflected in graphic forms.

He said the Commission, after receiving more than 190 entries, decided to generously add three consolation prizes to the first three winners.

Dr Attafuah said if the Commission had more resources, it would put all the entries in a book form and mount an exhibition on them.

He said certificate of participation would be sent to all the entrants.

Professor Florence Abena Dolphyne, a member of the Commission, said the entry depicting a dove with an olive branch in the beak flying in the map of Ghana was adjudged the best because of the dove's universal appeal and acceptance as a symbol of peace. She said other entries depicted several adinkra symbols and brooms, all of, which signified the need to confront the wrongs of past human rights abuses for the necessary amends.

Professor Dolphyne said the entries came mostly from a the youth and described their creativity as "really wonderful."

She expressed thanks to Primetime Limited, for adding finishing touches to the first prizes winning entry.

One of the award winners, Mr Appau on behalf of the other winners, expressed thanks to the Commission for the recognition of their contribution and added that the awards would boost their morale in the artistic endeavours.