When the dust was settled and The Kidz Creative Writing Competition curtains were drawn to a close, Deborah Desmennu one of the youngest budding creative writers in Ghana was adjudged the winner of the maiden creative writing competition.
Deborah Desmennu, the Basic school pupil of Silicon Valley International School beat 9 other excellent and equally brilliant young minds and creative talents in the finals to win the nerve-racking competition that was held from 21st September to 2 November 2019.
The First runner up and the Second Runner up spots were picked by Joshua Desmennu of Silicon Valley International School and Kendra Tornyi of Wajir Barracks “B” Basic respectively.
All three winners took home a medal each, Story books and other assorted stationary, products from sponsors and cash prizes.
The 2nd runner-up Kendra Tornyi received a cash prize of GHS1,000.00, The 1st runner-up took home a cash prize of GHS1,500.00 while the winner Deborah Desmennu received GHS2,500.00 as her cash prize.
Deborah, the proud winner of the maiden edition of the Kidsz Creative Writing Competition would also have her first book fully funded and published. However, all three will enjoy an all-expense-paid trip to Pegasus Aviation Academy.
The Creative Writing Contest which was powered by TheKidz Magazine was opened to all children in Ghana between 7 to 12 years. The sole aim was to nurture young writers and develop the storytelling abilities of children.
At the KidszCreative Writing Competition, parents, writers and the general public and the judges who graced the occasion were full of praise for all contestants who commenced the preliminary stage.
In the final, the ten finalists were tested on oral skills (Self Introduction).
They were also required to give a synopsis of their most recent book(s) read and the moral lessons learned and finally to form as many words as they could within 5 minutes from the given word for the competition.
The ten young chaps displayed high levels of courage and dexterity on the day, they provided straight to the point accurate and brillient answers, shared amazing stories they have read and written as well as moral lessons that were relevant and applicable.
There was no doubt that the ten finalists were all winners even before the event commeneced, over the weeks they had written stories at home and on the spot.
They were well-read, and had in-depth knowledge; above excellent confidence each time they took the mike to speak to the audience.
The creative writing competition organized by TheKidz Magazine to unearth a new crop of young writers between the ages of 7 and 12 achieved more than was expected.
This competition is unique. In recent times, talent hunt competitions in Ghana for children have only concentrated on the ability of children to dance, sing, play musical instruments without testing their ability to creatively use their minds and words to invent or write stories that are suspense-filled, touching and well planned and thought of by kids.
For children in the age bracket of 7-12 to demonstrate such high-quality creative writing skills, subsequent competitions would only get bigger and better with 1000S of entries.
This will further help unearth more young writers who will be guided to develop their writing skills, confidence, enage in healthy competions and use their stories to positively impact society.
Source: Wisdom Eli Kojo Hammond |Human Rights Activist|Public Speaker| Budding Leadership & Research Expert |Educationist, Author & Blogger |Newsghana24.com