Ghana’s finest poet and spoken word artiste Rhyme Sonny has been named as the guest judge of the World Bank Youth Act On Education spoken word competition.
The award-winning poet together with other judges from World Bank Africa team, influencers and the advisory board will have the task of screening and adjudging 5 prize winners with the parameters that have been set for the competition.
The competition forms part of the World Bank regional education strategy for Western and Central Africa and it outlines priority areas, guiding principles, and policy options to support countries in increasing access to education and improving the quality of learning over the next couple of years.
The strategy focuses on the common challenges within a highly diverse region and covers all the sub-sectors of education, including formal and informal, technical, and vocational education, as well as higher education.
The competition that was launched a month ago closed submissions on the 20th of July 2022. It was highly welcomed by a lot of youth groups across the continent and participants are expected to be creative, inspiring, and artistic in their 1-minute video of themselves reciting an ORIGINAL POEM for the chance to win prizes and also get featured on World Bank social media pages.
Ruti Ejangue, World Bank’s Youth Engagement Lead for Western and Central Africa wrote, “as a poet of note, we think your addition, not only in the art of spoken word, your interest in the development and the topic of education in the region, will be profound in the judging process”
Rhymesonny is an acclaimed spoken word artist and an advocate for the use of poetry as a tool for communication, education, and information dissemination and has performed widely across the globe.