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The Youth Excellence Awards

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The Youth Excellence Awards (YEA), Ghana, is an awards scheme which celebrates exceptional and outstanding youth in Ghana. Those who strive to be better, and at the same time they have a positive impact on their society in their various field of work.

The scheme believes that by celebrating, acknowledging and rewarding these extraordinary youth, it helps build a good platform by having a voice and gives opportunities to the new generational leaders’ while building a great attitude in the youth to strive for excellence.

By this awards scheme individual efforts to contribute positively to the economy on the continent by striving hard with dedication and perseverance by overcoming challenges and the unfavourable economy will be admonished.

The awards board consists of Kwame Owusu Danso and John Demelo.

The awarding board is seeking outstanding youth in Leadership, Entrepreneurship, professionals in the Public and Private sectors, Health, Governance, Non-profit sectors and will recognize their achievement in business inventions and innovations and community building.

CATEGORIES 

YEA categories cover a wide range of sectors including; Leadership, Health, Education, Visual Arts, Journalism, Agriculture, Law, Sports, and Technology.

WHY YEA

To recognize and celebrate youth leaders who professionally or personally have impacted on youth through outstanding leadership.

To identify projects and achievements spearhead by youth which has produced clear value and chalked success and has benefited society (particularly, the youth)?

It’s a platform that brings all hardworking youth together to network and build business relationships.

To encourage our upcoming youth that excellence and success can be achieved at tender age.

REQUIREMENT 

For any individual to be eligible for any category of the awards scheme, the following must be met:

The candidate must be an upcoming (this should be clearly defined) living and doing business in Ghana

Nominees with mutual submissions: nominees who have no advantage over those with one submission. In essence, the selection process will not depend on the number of nominations an individual receives.

Nominations can be anonymous and letters of recommendations are not required.
Nominees must still be a youth by event date (be between the ages of 18 and 40).
Must be a youth leader, Entrepreneur/CEO, Co-founder, or COO of a firm.
Ready to travel to any of the African countries

ORGANIZERS 

The brain behind the organization of Youth Excellence Awards is the Clique Empire, which has an enviable record of organizing spectacular and successful events, including, “Take it off pool Rave,” “YES – Today,” and the Youth Excellence Awards.

BENEFITS
YEA Ghana will promote and celebrate Africa’s young change-makers, entrepreneurs, and youth leaders from all walks of life. YEA Ghana is a platform for global recognition of individuals as outstanding young achievers and youth leaders. Publication of winners in newspapers and blog sites across Ghana after the event.

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Temi Otedola Wins Best Actress at Ghana Movie Awards

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Nigerian fashion blogger and actress, Temiloluwa Elizabeth Otedola known as Temi Otedola, won the best actress (African Collaboration) at the just concluded 10th edition of Ghana Movie Awards (GMA).

Announcing her win on Twitter, Temi Otedola wrote: “I just heard I won the Ghana Movie Award in the category of Best Actress (African Collaboration) for my role in Citation!!! So so grateful! Thank you for this honor”, she also appreciated Kunle Afolayan, the producer of the movie. “also, congratulation @Kunleafolayan who won for best movie (African Collaboration), so happy for the entire citation family”.

The awards ceremony which held virtually, awarded Temi Otedola as Best Actress (African collaboration) category for her acting debut role in “Citation” competing with Ini Edo in the same movie, Eucharia Anunobi in the movie Foreigners God and Ivorian actress Alexandra Amon in the movie ‘fix us’.

Kunle Afolayan also won the Best Movie (African Collaboration) with the Citation, competing in the same category was “fix us” – Yvonne Nelson, Ogbozo – Destiny Omon & Ama K. Abrebese and “Foreigners God” – Ifan Michael

With over 30 nominees, here are the winners for the 2020 Ghana Movie Awards:

A PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Bernard Aduse-Poku — Heroes of Africa

A PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Van Vicker — Heroes of Africa

A PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Habiba Sinare — 18

A PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Roselyn Ngissah — Ogbozo
Michelle Attoh – Fix Us

SOUND EDITING AND MIXING
Fix us — Bernie Anti

DIRECTING
Heroes of Africa — Frank Fiifi Gharbin
VISUAL EFFECTS
18 — Kobby Okyere

EDITING
Ogbozo — Solomon Tamakloe

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Fix Us — John Passah

COSTUME & WARDROBE
Heroes of Africa — George Atobrah

MAKE-UP & HAIRSTYLING
Heroes of Africa — Zion Train

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Heroes of Africa — Bismark Gyamerah

MUSIC ORIGINAL SONG
Ogbozo — Blakk Rasta

MUSIC ORIGINAL SCORE
Fix Us — Berni Anti

BEST ACTOR – AFRICAN COLLABORATION
Sam Dede — Foreigners God

BEST ACTRESS – AFRICAN COLLABORATION
Temi Otedola – Citation

BEST MOVIE – AFRICAN COLLABORATION
Citation — Kunle Afolayan

BEST SHORT FILM
Wrong One — Kobby Maxwell

BEST ANIMATION MOVIE
ILL-MINE — Divine Jones

DISCOVERY
Irene Logah — Fix Us

WRITING ADAPTED OR ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Fix Us — Pascal Amanfo
BEST PICTURE
Heroes of Africa — Frank Fiifi Gharbin, Matilda Asare

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French MPs Approve Return of Stolen Artefacts to Benin, Senegal

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France’s Members of Parliament have approved the return of historical artefacts stolen from Republic of Benin and Senegal.

The MPs voted for a limited restitution to the two countries on Thursday.

Both countries, colonised by the French in the 19th century lost lots of historical artefacts to their colonial master. There are about 90,000 looted and artefacts in France at the point.

Benin will receive 26 of its stolen artefacts in the restitution with one of them being the throne of the last king of Dahomey, Behanzin.

Read: Benin Prepares To Receive Artefacts Taken Away By The French

Senegal will receive a sword owned by a 19th-century Sheikh El Hadj Omar. The sword and its sheath is in the museum of the French Army but had been loaned to Dakar Museum on a long-term.

A total of 48 MPs voted for the restitution, none voted against while there were two abstentions.

The vote for a restitution of the artefacts has been described as a “strong act towards African and Afro-descendant youth”

Historical museums like the Quai-Branly Jacques Chirac museum and several British institutions continue to face pressure to return stolen artefacts back to their roots.

In France, there are at least 240 artefacts which have their roots currently under investigation.

Germany also opened a museum on Wednesday with criticisms greeting the event as artefacts from Benin Kingdom, Nigeria and other African countries were found there.

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Law Student, Maryam Umar, Wins BBC Hausa Story Writing Competition

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Maryam Umar, a 20-year-old student law student in Sokoto, Northwest Nigeria, has emerged the winner of the BBC Hausa women’s short story writing competition for 2020.

Umar, a student at the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, won the competition with her story entitled: ‘Rai da Cuta’ – meaning ‘Life and Sickness’ in the English Language.

Umar’s ‘Rai da Cuta’ tells the story of Azima whose husband returns from a trip exhibiting all the symptoms of the (COVID-19). Although his wife is heavily pregnant, he refuses to isolate himself and remains in denial of the virus.

Azima locks him up in a room but soon finds out she has already contracted the virus from her husband. This eventually leads to the loss of her baby and a long battle for her life.

Umar, who expressed happiness for emerging the winner said, “I have always loved books as a little girl. I would hide to read books.

“Growing up, I would assemble my friends and tell them about a book I read, but in truth it was always a story that I made up in my head.

“I have always been someone who loves to solve problems. I enjoy finding solutions in innovative ways.

“Then I found the internet – the easiest way to deliver my message. That’s how I began to write.”

Surayya Yahaya, a 25-year-old indigene of Kano State, emerged the first runner up in the competition with a book, titled “Numfashin Siyasata,” (My Political Life).

The book tells the story of a young woman, who goes into active politics to save the people of her village from underdevelopment but she is turned down by the same people she was keen on saving because she was a woman.

Her determination to represent her people leads to the death of her parents and she almost loses her own life.

Yahaya, who expressed joy for emerging first runners in the competition, said since her father died, she had not been able further her education beyond secondary school.

She stated that she would like to further her education if she could get support from well-meaning Nigerians or corporate organisations.

Rufaida Ibrahim, a 25-year-old student of the Federal College of Education, Kano State, came third with a story titled, “Farar Kafa” which literally means “The Wife Who Brings Bad Luck”.

Her book tells the story of Ramatu, who is considered ‘the bringer of bad luck’ after her husband experiences losses shortly after their marriage.

His business crumbles due to poor financial decisions just as his small shop is destroyed by fire.

He divorces Ramatu because he believes she is the cause of his bad luck.
Her second husband dies just a week after their wedding and this causes more trouble for her.

Marina Forsythe, the BBC World Service Group Communications Publicist, explained that the contest which began five years ago was introduced to give female writers a platform to tell and share their stories.

She quoted the Editor of BBC Hausa Service, Aliyu Tanko as saying: “I’m thrilled that this year’s awards were won by very young writers which show how our primary targets have embraced this competition.

“Many writers have been empowered by these awards over the past five years which is a testimony to how we value our young female audiences.”

Bilkisu Funtua, the Lead Judge, said: “To me all the writers are winners.

“We see a sharp change in the themes and writing styles from what is typically seen in Hausa women’s writing. But Maryam Umar’s ‘Rai da Cuta’ is outstanding.

“This writer was able to incorporate wit and humour in what could have easily been the saddest story.

“She brought to the fore front the nonchalance of our people toward the coronavirus pandemic in a unique style.”

Also speaking, Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, Head of BBC West Africa said the organisation was pleased to support the competition.

According to Ogunseye, it is important to provide female Hausa writers with the platform to tell their stories.

“This year’s winner highlights a story that everyone can relate to in these unprecedented times.”

BBC Hausa is part of the BBC World Service that offers a breadth of multimedia content which reaches 24 million people across the world on a weekly basis.

It broadcasts to Hausa-speaking audiences, providing radio, online, and TV content in West Africa as well as to diaspora audiences.

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