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UDS graduate wins writers awards



A former graduate of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Mr Bawa Sadique Anyame, has won the poetry category in the maiden edition of the Ghana Writers Awards literary contest.

The awards which were organised over the weekend at the Marvels Ghana Mini Golf Course in Dzorwulu in the Greater Accra Region saw Mr Anyame’s unpublished poem: “Ruses of the gods” winning the prize.

He competed with nine other poets to win the contest.

Ghana Writers Awards is a literary prize instituted by some young Ghanaian literary compatriots to celebrate and promote Ghanaian writers and literature.

The awards was held on the theme: “Preserving the Ghanaian culture through creative writing: the role of writers.” Other writers who won prizes at the awards night included Dr Michael Osei Agyapong (Winner of Ananse Prize for Literature and the overall winner of the night) and Ms Rachel Lawerh (winner of the short story category). Similarly, all the 16 shortlisted entrants in the maiden edition of the Ghana Writers Awards were presented with certificates.

In a related development, some individuals and cooperate bodies, including Efua Sutherland, Adjei Agyei Baah, Nana Asaase, Graphic Communications Group Limited, Karis, and Citi Fm were also presented with citations for their contributions towards the promotion of the Ghanaian literary arts industry.

Guests at the awards night were entertained by spoken word and acoustic artistes such as Sabukie, Ohene, Nene Narh, Kukporlikpor, Village Minds Production, Village Thinkers, and Fadi Dabbousi among others.

The awards was organised in partnership with KARIS, Mensa Press (USA), Turf, Tangent Studios, Bea Works, Media Mall, Zulu Nation, Writers International Network (Canada), and the Arachneed (India).

Below is the list of the nominees for both poetry and short story categories


Nana Ama Gyemaah Otuahene: The African old maid
Josephine Abena Amofaah Nketia: The Woman in White
Josephine Amoako: Black Night; Orange Sky
Rachel Lawerh: Give Them My Other Leg
Samuel Owusu Achiaw: A Sunset Melody
Boakye-Dankwa Aninwa: The Paradox
Michael Osei Agyapong: Changing hands
Cecil Nii Odenkey Abbey: In The Land Of Chickens

Kweku Feni Adow: When Awakened
Victoria Naa Takia Nunoo: Water
Abelumkemah Betrand Azags: Ululato
Kojo Frimpong: Break Me
Victoria Naa Takia Nunoo: The Ones Born of Nature
Kofi Acquah: Papyrus Underground
Emmanuel Agyei-Poku: The Fruit of War
Agyei Sarpong Amos: The Other Butterflies
Anim Asatewaa Millicent: Beneath The Mask
Bawa Sadique Anyame: Ruses of the gods

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