A young Ghanaian from Nankese in the Eastern Region, Osei Godfred Amankwah, who’s pursuing an MPhil in Peace and Development at the University of Cape Coast, School for Development Studies, was selected as one of the top three winners of the 2019 Tana Forum Essay Competition.
Out of the over 50 essays received, the team of experts reviewed the essays based on problem definition and methodology, the scope of essay, analysis and argumentation, structure, writing, presentation and referencing.
Based on the aforementioned assessment, the Ghanaian young boy, Osei Godfred Amankwah of the University of Cape Coast, School for Development Studies, Department of Peace Studies, was named as one of the top three winners at this annual event.
The other two winners include Zac Chiliswa, a Kenyan national doing PhD in media studies at the Leeds Trinity University, and the Leeds University in UK as well as Muhammed Seid Ahmed, an Ethiopian reading MA in political science and International studies at the Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia.
As part of the reward for his selection, the young Ghanaian, Osei Godfred Amankwah was given a fully sponsored trip covering all travel and logistical arrangements for the duration of the Forum.
He was also given the opportunity to do a presentation at the event as one of the key speakers at the forum on 4th May, 2019 at Abay Hall, Blue Nile Resort in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.
The young promising Ghanaian in the field of peace and security is said to have done a very alluring presentation which received pile of commendations from the flurry of over 200 participants at the event.
The sole Ghanaian winner represented Ghana at the forum together with His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, the former President of Ghana, who was also there in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Tana Forum Board.
Mr. John Dramani Mahama was also awed by Osei Godfred Amankwah’s presentation, and said he was proud of him.
The 8th Tana High level Forum on security in Africa which took place from 04-05 May, 2019 at Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, under the theme “Political Dynamics in the Horn of Africa: Nurturing the emerging Peace Trends” gathered a wide spectrum of African leaders and other eminent Citizens, brought together Head of States and Governments, leaders of Regional organisations, Civil society and the Private sector, eminent scholars and practitioners, Think tanks, selected youth and representatives of Africa global partners to discuss this important topic.
The forum encouraged vigorous debate on the recent developments evidenced in the Horn of Africa Region.
It also looked into the spill over effect of the positive changes taking place in the Region, and ways in which these developments could be domesticated across the continent.