Bryan O. Quansah, a participant of JSA Future Men Boot Camp 2019 and a student of Day Spring School in Dansoman was adjudged the historic first winner of the maiden JSA Phenomenal Abrantie Show held on 27th July 2019 at TV3 Executive Theater in Accra to showcase boys with gifted hands.
Judges for the day; Mr. Quojo Baydu, Mr. Joshua Tetteh, Chef Elijah Amoo Addo, and Emmanuel Aboagye Manomey of Manomey Incorporated went round the exhibition of unique handiworks and selected the best 5 who were given the chance to speak further about their works.
Bryan emerged tops out of a total of about 30 young male participants in the exhibition of gifted handiworks with his unique design of an eco-friendly city plan project and electronic theft control mechanism.
Abrantie Bryan exhibited thoroughness in his presentation. He invested thought, time, and energy to design a futuristic eco-friendly City Tour for Accra. Abrantie Bryan further convinced the Judges why we must redesign our City to ensure the safety of citizens as well as boost tourism. He also invented an electronic theft control mechanism in addition to his project, maintaining his poise, confidence and focus throughout the show.
For his prize, Abrantie Bryan received a cash prize from Junior Shapers Africa to invest further in his skill, a gift bag from StarLife Assurance, and a gift bag from The Spelling Bee; presented by Kwabena Adu Asare-Darko, the 2019 Spelling Bee – Ghana Champion. Abrantie Bryan will be introduced to relevant mentors to enhance his skill and will be an Ambassador of JSA for a period of one year. During this period, he will organize a mentorship seminar for boys in a chosen borstal home and will be campaigning for better conditions for them through a fundraising event.
As part of the program, there was also a panel discussion with very seasoned men in their respective fields comprising of Mr. Timothy Dzikunu of Jayset Consulting, Rev. Claude Mann of Father Serve Africa, and Chef Elijah Amoo Addo; a Queens Young Leader award recipient and Founder of the Food for All Africa Programme. They spoke about their values, and the challenges they faced growing up. They also advised the boys to be thoughtful and take advantage of the many opportunities available to them. Parents were also advised to allow their boys to experience the struggles of the real world and share their personal life experiences with them. Society should embrace life skills and provide inspiration for young males to pursue their passions and make careers out of them.
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection; Hon. Cynthia Morrison served as the Guest of Honour for the day. In her address, she commended Junior Shapers Africa for its contribution towards mentoring young men. She encouraged well to do boys and men to mentor and reach out to young boys in our streets and slums. She advised mothers to dedicate some much needed attention to grooming their sons and helping them to acquire life skills to assist their families in future. She also shared a memorable story of her son exhibiting his unique life skills through cooking. Young men from the Master Mind Art &Technology Foundation presented handmade art pieces in honour of the Minister.
JSA Founding Director; Mrs. Ethel Marfo in her address thanked the Media General Group for partnering to host this maiden edition and also acknowledged participants, parents, invited guests and everyone present for gracing the occasion. She emphasized the need to motivate boys to nurture life skills that will make them well rounded in our ever-changing society. She urged parents to keep supporting the creative talents of their sons.
We trust this experience will mold Abrantie Bryan to become a caring future leader, husband and father. Congratulations Abrantie Bryan. We are so proud of you. Kudos to all our partners, judges, team and supportive Parents for a successful maiden event.
Thank you to the Media General Group, 3 Foundation, StarLife Assurance Company Ltd., Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Vaettel Mineral Water, Flexy Yoghurt, Food 4 All Africa Programme, Marie Stopes International, The Spelling Bee, Ocalf Stationery, Jayset Consulting, The Delse Shop, and Divine Mosquito Repellent for Supporting the maiden JSA Phenomenal Abrantie Show.