The Noah siblings have made it to the Top 20 list in the Edify Ghana Writing Competition.
Fifteen-year-old Master Gerrard Ayibontey Noah and eleven-year-old Miss Annabel Okailey Noah, both former pupils of Peak Lyceum International School in Community 22 in Tema, have made it to the top 20 in the Edify Ghana Writing Competition.
The writing competition was organized by Edify Ghana, a not-for-profit organization that works with private schools by supporting them through training and providing them access to loans and educational technology.
The competition, which began in October last year, saw entries from students from about 1,600 partner schools across the country, out of which the best 20 books were selected and published, which included those of Gerrard and Annabel.
The siblings, who were featured on Joy Prime’s 4Kids Arena on January 21, 2023, shared excerpts of their books on the show.
They went on to explain their plans to make copies of their books available to students all over the country with the aim of inspiring children towards reading and learning.
“The Mysterious Tale of Reynard Shanty,” authored by Gerrard Ayibontey Noah, chronicles a wealthy man who lives in a small town and whose wealth is unknown, as well as where he hails from.
However, something mysterious happened during the time he threw a party for some invited guests where a precious statue got broken by one of the guests in his ballroom, and that was the last time anyone set eyes on him in the town.
Meanwhile, Annabel Okailey Noah’s book, titled “A Daring Escape,” also tells the story of a single mother of three who managed to escape after coming under several attacks from the government because she always wrote articles that criticized the government.
Speaking about winning the writing competition and plans for his published book, Gerrard shared, “I am excited that my story was adjudged one of the best from the competition, and it gives me great joy to see my story published as a book.”
“I like to capture the attention of readers since some people do not enjoy reading books.” I feel I can do more on my book with time, so I have plans to continue the story because there is more mystery to be unveiled in Reynard Shanty’s story, and I can’t wait to share that with my readers.”
Annabel and Gerrard reiterated that they will continue to chase their writing dreams and urged all young people out there to do the same.
“I will like to tell everyone never to give up because Phiona (in my story) did not give up and, as a result of her resilience, fulfilled her dream. “Never give up; strive harder because everything is possible,” Annabel said.
As part of their plans to make copies of the published books available to every Ghanaian student, the Noah siblings expressed that they were open to receiving support and partnerships from organizations, schools, and the Ghana Education Service (GES) in any way.