Ayawen Asuinura, Ghanaian winner of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards

The fifth edition of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, organised by MultiChoice and Eutelsat, reached a record participation with nearly 2 000 entries from 18 countries. At the ceremony, Ayawen Asuinura, a student of Presbyterian Boys Secondary (Legon) was named first place in the essay category.  

For producing a thought provoking essay, Ayawen Asuinura from Ghana has won a trip to Paris and onwards to a launch site to witness a rocket blast into space to place a satellite into orbit. This is the first win in the essay category for Ghana, the country has already produced two winners in the poster category.

In the essay category, students were asked to interpret the quote by Socrates, “Man must rise above the Earth, to the top of the atmosphere and beyond, for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives” and to show how satellites help understand and take care of our planet.

As part of his prize, Ayawen’s school, Presbyterian Boys Secondary School (PRESEC), was rewarded with a fully installed DStv Explora, a TV set, free access to the DStv Education Package and training for staff in order to align the use of various program for the syllabus.

At the handing over, Anne Sackey, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for MultiChoice Ghana, who stood in for Cecil Sunkwa Mills, the General for MultiChoice Ghana, stated how proud she was that a student from Ghana had won the essay award for the first time - two winners having previously won the poster category. She also congratulated the teachers, and the Assistant Headmistress of PRESEC, Madam Dora Dankwa Darko, who was present to receive the award on behalf for the school, for their continual support to the students with regards to extracurricular academic activities like the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards.

Also present at the handing over was Nii Amah Dagadu the Regional Marketing Manager for MultiChoice Western and Central Regions and an old student of the school, Ayawen’s parents and several students and teachers of the school.

Multichoice also supports other deserving CSI projects and for five years, MultiChoice Ghana has supported the Community Bee level of the Spelling Bee Competition, which is organised by the Young Educators Foundation, a local NGO dedicated to improving education in Ghana.

The company has also invested in over 100 Ghanaian high schools as part of the company’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Initiative by donating DStv hardware and TV sets to senior high schools.