A junior medical doctor at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Dr Michael Osei Agyapong, emerged as the top winner of first edition of the Ghana Writers Awards.
The award, dubbed, Ananse Prize for Literature, was given to Dr Agyapong's unpublished short story titled: "Changing Hands".
Ghana Writers Awards is a literary prize instituted by some young Ghanaian literary compatriots to celebrate and promote Ghanaian writers and literature.
Other writers who picked awards at the ceremony, which was held at the Marvels Ghana Mini Golf Course in Accra included Mr Bawa Sadique Anyame, winner of the poetry category with his poem: "Ruses of the gods" and Ms Rachel Lawerh, winner of the short story category with her story: "Give them my other leg".
The Ananse Prize for Literature was the highest prize awarded by the organizers of the Ghana Writers Awards.
In a related development, some individuals and cooperate bodies, including Efua Sutherland, Nana Asaase, Adjei Agyei Baah, Citi FM, Graphic Communications Group Limited, and Karis were also presented with citations for their contributions towards the promotion of the Ghanaian literary arts industry.
The awards ceremony was held on the theme: "Preserving the Ghanaian culture through creative writing: the role of writers".
Patrons at the awards night were entertained by spoken word and acoustic artistes such as Sabukie, Ohene, Nene Narh, Kukporlikpor, Village Minds Production, Village Thinkers, and Fadi Dabbousi among others.
The awards was organised in partnership with KARIS, Mensa Press (USA), Turf, Tangent Studios, Bea Works, Media Mall, Zulu Nation, Writers International Network (Canada), and the Arachneed (India).
Below is the list of the nominees
Kweku Feni Adow: When Awakened
Victoria Naa Takia Nunoo: Water
Abelumkemah Betrand Azags: Ululato
Kojo Frimpong: Break Me
Victoria Naa Takia Nunoo: The Ones Born of Nature
Kofi Acquah: Papyrus Underground
Emmanuel Agyei-Poku: The Fruit of War
Agyei Sarpong Amos: The Other Butterflies
Anim Asatewaa Millicent: Beneath The Mask
Bawa Sadique Anyame: Ruses of the gods
SHORT STORY NOMINEES
Nana Ama Gyemaah Otuahene: The African old maid
Josephine Abena Amofaah Nketia: The Woman in White
Josephine Amoako: Black Night; Orange Sky
Rachel Lawerh: Give Them My Other Leg
Samuel Owusu Achiaw: A Sunset Melody
Boakye-Dankwa Aninwa: The Paradox
Michael Osei Agyapong: Changing hands
Cecil Nii Odenkey Abbey: In The Land Of Chicken