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Kweku Rockson (right) unveiling the ?Pen of Truth? awards

A new award programme to discover entrepreneurial skills in tertiary students has been launched at a ceremony in Accra.

The programme dubbed, ?Pen of Truth Awards? is a Ghanaian educational TV Reality Show which would allow graduates from tertiary institutions to compete to reform their communities.

At the launch of the ?Pen of Truth Awards,? Kojo Boateng, Operations Manager of Cheetah Communications, the brain behind the project, said the initiative would engage and empower undergraduates and graduates in ventures that would enhance knowledge.

This, he said, would be done through basic research tasks.

In the first stage of the competition in thematic areas of the economy such as business, commerce and art and culture, they would be required to unleash their brain power and knowledge through the ink.

Mr Boateng said the ?Pen of Truth? competition is a platform for critical analyses of the economy of Ghana from the perspective of intellectuals.

?At the end of the programme, the creative and innovative skills of participants will be sharpened, their employable skills further developed to become solution-driven personalities and finally be developed into entrepreneurs,? he added.

The participants of the competition are expected to benefit from a one year bursary, internships with blue-chip organizations, GHc50,000 in cash prizes, assess to a community development fund, which would be inaugurated during the Awards Night and a publication of the award winner?s essays.

Kweku Rockson, former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, urged corporate Ghana to support entrepreneurial development of students in order to make them useful to society.

He explained that when the entrepreneurial skills of these young graduates are nurtured, they would develop strong visionary projects and programmes, which would benefit the nation at large.

 By Cephas Larbi

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