The battle to select Ghana’s most outstanding ‘all-round’ Junior High School student climaxes today, Saturday, September, 18, 2021, as the grand finale of Citi FM’s ‘The Literacy Challenge’ comes off at the Alisa Hotel in Accra.
It will be an academic clash as all 10 top contestants are poised to showcase dexterity for the mouthwatering prizes at stake.
They will partake in a classic quiz, after which the highest-scoring finalist will emerge as the winner.
But after days of multiple activities to ensure heightened, unparalleled levels of confidence and a renewed zeal to follow their dreams and to take their places within the Ghanaian society, all 10 finalists say, they are keenly eyeing the GHS 10, 000 cash prize and other goodies from sponsors.
The grand finale is strictly by invitation, in compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols.
However, the event will be broadcast live on Citi TV plus all the station’s social media platforms at 12 noon.
The winner of the competition will also go home with a brand-new laptop from the Vodafone Ghana Foundation as well a year-long free internet access.
That will not be all, the winner will be unveiled as the Vodafone Ghana Foundation’s National Instant Schools‘ Ambassador.
In addition, all the 10 finalists will also get tablets and MiFi devices from Vodafone and other prizes from SIC Insurance PLC.
For the first time, the final competition has an equal number of 5 boys and 5 girls.
For the 2021 edition of the Literacy Challenge, participants wrote an essay on the topic: “As an aspiring presidential candidate, in not less than 600 words, write a convincing manifesto speech that is intended to fix the country and to bring hope in political governance.”
The top 50 were announced and were administered with an aptitude test after which the first 10 were selected for the grand finale.
The competition is powered by 97.3 Citi FM, with support from Citi TV.
It is sponsored by The Vodafone Ghana Foundation as part of the Kindred Partners is one of the partners of this year’s The Literacy Challenge.
Here is what the finalists have been saying
Message: “It’s been a great and exciting journey. I really thank God for his what he has done. The series of mentorship sessions have inspired me not just for the competition but for life. To the people out there, today is the big day and I assure you that I’m going to give out my best and make sure I win the competition. So please watch out for me today. I leave the rest in the hands of the Lord, for the battle is His. Thank you.”
Message: “The journey here was definitely not easy, but by the Grace of God, I am honoured to be part of the Top 10 of the Literacy Challenge. The experience has been amazing so far, and I am grateful to the Citi Team for helping to nurture my skills. I am therefore approaching Saturday with the confidence that has been impacted to me, and will give it all I’ve got in the Grand Finale.”
Message: “My stay at this camp was exciting. The days flew by so fast and as of now, I’m stating and assuring that I am ready, not only to you but to myself. I hope that the day goes smoothly for all of us, and may the best person win. After all, we’re all winners.”
Message: “Hey! “Who are you?” That’s the question I asked myself before penning this down. I like to think of myself as a passionate person who gives his all for whatever he desires. My time at The Literacy Challenge 2021 boot camp has helped me realize that hard work pays. It’s not every day you get to be amongst young people like yourself who have proven to have potential and can accomplish many great things. The experience has been fun, educative, and cordial. Until a few months ago, I used to think Literacy was just reading and writing. But my experience in the competition has taught me that there’s a lot more to it.”
Message: “This experience has been a very amazing and unforgettable one. I want to thank God Almighty for all that He has done for me and how far he has brought me. I also want to thank my parents for all their support and for pulling through for me throughout everything. I want to thank my siblings and friends as well for all their support. Lastly, I want to thank Citi FM and Citi TV group for giving me this opportunity. My expectation for the day of the quiz is to do extremely well and by God’s grace take the grand prize home because I strongly believe in myself and that no matter what happens it is God’s will.”
Message: “This endeavor has been absolutely blissful. I am simply more than delighted to appreciate the efforts of the team from Citi TV, my peers, family and most importantly God Almighty for being my anchor from the very beginning of the competition. It certainly wasn’t an individual effort; I owe it to everyone who made mass contributions. I am ever grateful!
Message: “This experience has been really amazing. First, I want to thank God for bringing me this far and giving me the courage to embark on this journey. I have learnt a lot. I would like to thank the Citi team for coming out with this initiative. I would also like to thank my family, teachers, and friends for their support. I want to let them know that their support won’t be in vain.”
Message: “The journey has by far been a roller coaster ride. I have benefited tremendously from the rich experience of mentors, coaches and I even had the chance to learn from the life of M.anifest who was with us on one of our mentorship sessions. All this has contributed immensely to my overall development, especially my confidence building. I have a strong conviction that I will come out top on Saturday, claiming the much-coveted cash prize of GHS 10,000.”
Message: “I really appreciate this great opportunity of participating in the Literacy Challenge 2021. I would like to thank everyone and God for bringing me this far. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. I believe I would win this competition and take home the cash prize of GHS 10,000.
Message: “Hello, I simply just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped me on my journey. I thank God for giving me life and allowing me to see every new day. I thank my parents, teachers, family, and everyone else who has given me motivation to do what I am doing.”