Two female students top in IMANI’s University Essay Competition

Two female students from the University of Ghana, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), topped in this year’s IMANI Africa’s nationwide university essay competition.

The competition which invited students from all universities in the country, tasked the contestants to critically examine the political promises and major policies put forth by various candidates running in the upcoming December 7, 2024, presidential elections.

Ms. Nora Dzakpasu, an MSc Financial Risk Management student at the University of Ghana, was announced by IMANI Africa as the top prize winner with her essay titled “A Vision for Progress: Analysing Mahama’s ‘The Ghana We Want’ for Unemployment and Sustainable Growth.”

Her essay critiques the merits and feasibility of the “The Ghana We Want” campaign proposal by former President and flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama.

The runner-up position was awarded to Ms. Chleo-Patra Awonpomi Azantilow, who is a final-year LLB student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Her essay, also on the topic “The ‘Ghana We Want’ Story According to Mahama: How Would It Solve Unemployment and Generate Sustainable Growth?”.

According to IMANI Africa, Ms Azantilow’s provided a comprehensive analysis of Mahama’s policy proposals.

Ms. Dzakpasu for coming top, received a cash prize of GH₵ 1,500 and Ms. Azantilow received GH₵ 1,000.

President of IMANI Africa Franklin Cudjoe said the two students would be offered automatic internships with IMANI Africa, enabling them to gain valuable practical experience and contribute to the organization’s policy research and analysis.

“We are thrilled to recognize the exceptional talents of these young minds”

“Their essays demonstrate a deep understanding of the political landscape and a commitment to critical analysis. We believe these winners have a bright future ahead and are excited to welcome them to our team as interns.”

By: Bright Yao Dzakah | | Ghana

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