Challenge 5, In Full Flight!
By: Chris Twum
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We know about the music contests and the beauty pageants. We have followed and loved them all through the years. There are almost too many of them now, with new ones already being baked in creative ovens.
But the one show that many of us though wouldn’t survive a second year is surprisingly in its fifth and still remains Ghana’s first and only educational reality TV show; The Challenge; by far Ghana’s biggest prize on TV.
Designed to reward bright and ambitious Ghanaian university graduates with fully sponsored post graduate courses from top universities in UK, the Challenge made a glorious return to the screens on Sunday 13 th October when it premiered at 5:30pm on TV3 and at 8pm same day on GhOne entertainment TV.
Watching on TV, it was clear that thousands of applications turned up for the search. By the time it was over, judges Diana Sey from the British Council, Michael Effah from the British High Commission and DFID and Ama Daaku from headline Sponsors TIGO had selected some 70 semi-finalists based on a combination of aptitude and psychographic tests, demonstrations of academic excellence, leadership competencies, as well as character and creativity.
On Sunday 20 th October, the 70 semifinalists were put to a rather intriguing test; to tackle an environmental hazard that had been a challenge to the people of Korle Gonno since the 1930′s.
Split into various groups, the challengers were tasked to pitch various ideas as to how the Korle-Gonno cesspit site also known as lavender hill could be transformed into a more beneficial entity for the people of the area and what kind of structure would be most suited to the site.
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