The National Commission on Culture COVID-19 Education Awareness Programme of which a music competition was added has been won by a young talented musician named Samuel Nii Tackie.
The 26-year old musician was crowned the winner of the competition after over hundreds of application was filed by the public.
A competent, experienced panel members with in-depth knowledge on music was set up to analysis the number of applications which was presented before them – after which the panel trimmed the number down to fifteen finalists.
With the entire analytical breakdown – Samuel Nii Tackie passed through all the test and his song was picked as the most composed, educative, with great storyline for the purpose of the initiative.
At an event held last Monday at the National Commission on Culture office in Accra, a cash prize of GhS10, 000 and a certificate was presented to Nii Tackie whilst the other finalists received cash tokens and certificates.
Speaking to the media, Mr. Tackie expressed his excitement over the win and promised to further educate the public on measures they should continue to take to address the low spread of COVID-19 and further increase effectiveness of the campaign.
“I did the song for the competition out of love for my motherland Ghana with the idea of reducing the spread of the pandemic. I’m happy my push hasn’t been in vain. This win means a lot to me, and I will continue to educate my area people, among others on measures they should adhere to the safety of their lives through this worldly pandemic period.
“This type of competition should come more for the youth to participate. It helps to shape their creativity to the highest score. They feel busy on such competition and feel hard to ever stress on other unnecessary matters which wouldn’t push for the progress of the country. I’m calling on government and other private people to initiate more of such competition”.
Mrs Janet Edna Nyame, Executive Director of NCC, on her part explained the motive on why the Commission decided to initiate such competition.
She explained any attack on health was a direct attack on the nation’s culture, as such, the Commission deemed it fit to embark on a COVID-19 Education Awareness Program.
She revealed the COVID-19 National Trust Fund supported the Commission with over GHS600,000 (first phase) and GHS525,000 (second phase) to embark on the Programme.
Mrs Nyame said the money was disbursed to their regional offices, especially those with high recorded active cases of COVID-19 infections, to organise educational campaigns using artistic forms such as drama, music, dance, poetry, among others.
She said the Commission had also supported in the fight against the pandemic by giving out Personal Protective Equipment, COVID-19 branded T-shirts and paraphernalia.