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Entertainment of Thursday, 1 February 2007

Source: GNA

Ghana@50 essay contest launched

Accra, Feb.1, GNA -, a US-based online magazine, has launched an essay competition as part of Ghana@50 celebrations with the aim of generating intellectual discourse among university students on the nation's history.

Mr E. Ablorh-Odjidjah, Publisher of, told the Ghana News Agency from his Washington base where the event was launched that the purpose was to foster the engagement of Ghanaian youth in the affairs and history of the country, promote writing and encourage a course of scholarship and citizenship among the future leaders. The theme for the essay is: "The Way Forward" - a concept or an idea advanced by an institution or person, which the student deems important to Ghana's development and the advancement of democracy in Africa. Mr Ablorh-Odjidjah said contestants were required to furnish their own title to the essay, provided the theme for the essay is justified in the exposition.

" and other sponsors of the Ghana@50 essay programme aim to award full tuition scholarships for one year to the final winners. The monetary award would be equivalent to a year's tuition for a public university in Ghana," he said.

Selected essays would be published on website. He said it was possible that the published essays on their own would have the chance of winning awards when published.

"Additionally, the published essays will automatically qualify for the final scholarship round when winners and runners-up will be chosen for the tuition awards."

All interested applicants should visit for details.