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Four young people from Ghana and Jordan are sharing their stories with the world - after beating off competition from hundreds of other entrants to win the BBC NewsMaker competition.

The four main winners have the chance to make and broadcast their programmes with the help of BBC journalists.


Barbara Kuukua Oppong (left) interviewing a young mother, holding her baby.
Barbara Kuukua Oppong (23), a teaching assistant in Kumasi, Ghana. She reported on the country's energy crisis, which she says is holding Ghana back economically and socially.

"This affects us all. It's a disaster," she told the BBC. "We need a lasting solution."

Read Barbara's report on Ghana's energy crisis

 Listen to Barbara's report here

 Listen to Barbara's interview with Ghana's deputy energy minister

Watch Barbara with the BBC's World Have Your Say team in Accra

Emmanuel Acheampong Adamako (left) interviewing a hawker selling medicines.
The second Ghana winner was Emmanuel Acheampong Adamako (20), a medical student. He looked at the sale of unlicensed medicines, lotions and potions by people he calls "health charlatans".

"They are preying on the ignorance of the common man," he told BBC NewsMaker. "They sell things that can be dangerous to people's health. I want to know what the government is doing about it."

Read Emmanuel's report on Ghana's drug-peddlers

Listen to Emmanuel's report here

He also took his concerns to one of Ghana's Deputy Health Ministers, Dr Gladys Ashiti.

 Listen to Emmanuel's interview with the Minister

Barbara and Emmanuel impressed the BBC NewsMaker judges (like Ghanaian broadcaster Komla Dumor) with their passion for the issues they wanted to tackle.

BBC NewsMaker awarded laptop computers to the two main winners, and MP3 players to five strong runners-up:

1. Michael Kottoh on the story behind the exodus from Ghana
2. Albert Futukpor - children born in jail and forced to stay there with their mothers
3. Evans Abor on the growing trend of crime via the internet
4. Casmel Ibrahim Seidu - Ghana's lavish funerals
5. Bismark Kuyole on the activities of market place evangelists


Lina Al-Ejeilat, a 24 year old student trainer for a telecoms company. She will look at a "truly Ammani music" that is distinct from both the strong influence of the West, and Arab musical traditions. Lina believes this music "is what many young Jordanians are turning to as they struggle to find a cultural identity of their own."

Sarah Albadry (21) tells the BBC her own story - of a high-flying medical student from Baghdad who fled Iraq to settle in Jordan after her father was kidnapped. She discovers that Jordan's universities don't have enough places to accommodate everybody, so she's gone back to Baghdad to sit her exams and she struggles to keep her studies going.

Their stories will go on air on BBC World Service in early July.


1. Maram Hamam on child labour
2. Manar Daghlas on Jordanian teenagers preoccupied with celebrity culture
3. Mohamed Nasser Eddin - the identity crisis of a Palestinian student in Jordan
4. Haitham Ja'far on young managers battling with bureaucracy
5. Lina Samawi uncovering the secrets of the ancient city of Abila


The BBC presenter Komla Dumor launched the competition in Ghana in March with a special debate programme at the British Council in Accra. Nearly 300 young people took part in a passionate debate linked to celebrations of Ghana's 50th anniversary of independence from Britain. > Click here for a full report

The BBC's special correspondent and presenter Lyse Doucet teamed up with popular Jordanian TV presenter, singer and actress Rania Kurdi to launch the competition in Amman.

Lyse and Rania joined with media experts and Jordanian bloggers to discuss the influence of the internet on the media scene in the country. > Click here for a full report

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