Richard Anaman: Final Year GIJ Student Wins 2021 ARSO Continental Essay Competition

Richard Anaman

Richard Anaman, a final year Communication Studies student at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), has emerged as the winner of the 2021 ARSO Continental Essay Competition.

Richard’s essay was adjudged as the best out of the many entries submitted for this year’s contest, which was based on the theme: “The Role of Standardisation in Promoting Arts, Culture and Heritage – The Creative Economy in Africa.”

In organising the competition, the African Organization for Standardisation requested all the National Standards Bodies (NSBs) in Africa to organise the competition at the National level. The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) was responsible for conducting the competition for university students in Ghana.

For winning the competition, Richard was awarded a cash prize and a certificate on October 14, 2021, which is World Standards Day.

Richard indicated that he saw the call for entries in the official Digital Students’ Notice Board managed by the Academic Affairs of GIJ, in March 2021, and decided to take up the challenge.

He went on to write the essay, got an endorsement from the Head of Department for Integrated Communication Sciences of GIJ, Dr Kodwo Jonas Anson Boateng, which was a requirement for entries, and then submitted it to the GSA head office in Accra.

Richard Anaman

According to him, he had forgotten about the contest because the date scheduled for the release of winners had passed.

“The day they stated in the notice that the winners would be announced had passed and gone. So, I had actually forgotten about it. My attention was not even on that anymore because after 4, 5 months of not hearing from them, I thought it didn’t work.”

“So, when the call came that I had won the essay competition, trust me, hearing that alone was so fulfilling and, a very, very, very exciting moment for me. For something I least expected and to be informed that you had won, it was so fulfilling,” he added.

The Continental Essay Competition is an annual programme mandated for member bodies of the African Union by the African Organization for Standardisation, formerly the African Regional Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO).

source: universnewsroom/kuulpeeps

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