The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in partnership with Africell, Africa Young Voices (AYV) and Children and Youth Awareness Forum (CYAF) has on Thursday 27th January, 2022, presented a cumulative One Hundred (100) Million Leones prize to winners of the second edition of the National Anti-Corruption Creative Competition. This presentation ceremony took place at the Conference Room of the Commission’s 3 Gloucester Street Office.
The competition which attracted over one hundred competitors went through a rigorous scrutiny by the Judges in which the winners emerged. The National Anti-Corruption Creative Competition is a platform where young people can express themselves or their talents on the fight against corruption through creative art work.
The Director, Public Education and External Outreach Department ACC, Patrick Sandi, who also served as Chairman of the event briefly gave the purpose of the meeting. It could be recalled that on December 9th, 2021, the winners of the National Anti-Corruption Creative Competition were announced during the Women’s Conference in commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day which was organized by the ACC in partnership with Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL).
During the presentation ceremony, the Commissioner of the ACC, Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. thanked the management of Africell, AYV and CYAF for a fruitful collaboration and for tapping into the minds of young people across Sierra Leone. “The fight against corruption is a collaborative effort, ACC can only lead the fight” the Commissioner said. He extended his appreciation to the participants for using their talents through creative work to raise awareness on the fight against corruption. He also commended the other competitors describing them as winners as well.
Representing Africell, John Konteh congratulated the winners of the competition. He thanked the Commission for including them in this initiative, and reassured the ACC that Africell will continue to provide support in the fight against corruption. He added that as such is a brilliant initiative, Africel will use their platforms as a vehicle to convey the work of competitors.
The Deputy Commissioner, ACC, Augustine Foday Ngobie in his statement, acknowledged the support of and contributions of AYV, Africell and CYAF. He added that the winners are now ambassadors who will go into the world and promote the campaign against corruption. He compelled them not to limit their abilities but to go out there and be a source of inspiration to their peers and society generally.
Anderson N. Lansana, Executive Director, Children and Youth Awareness Forum (CYAF) expressed his profound gratitude to ACC, Africell and AYV for rendering support to this initiative. He thanked the participants for participating in the campaign against corruption through their creativity, “This competition has helped to impact positively to the lives of Youths” he averred.
The ceremony was climaxed
with the presentation of Fifty Million
Leones (Le50, 000,000) star prize to Godefrina Favour Kamara, by the Deputy
Commissioner, ACC, Augustine Foday Ngobie, for the category of spoken words, Thirty Million Leones (30,000,000) second
prize, to Priscilla Gborie, by John Konteh, for the category of short film,
and Twenty Million Leones (20,000,000)
third prize, to Alusine G. Kamara by Anderson N. Lansana, for the category of
painting and drawing.