The Emmanuel Amuta Poetry Award is open to anybody between the ages of 10 – 15 years old who has sickle cell. If you or somebody you know is a creative person, match the above criteria and can write a poem about sickle cell of their life with sickle cell, we welcome you to apply for the Sickle Cell Society’s new Emmanuel Amuta Poetry Award.
The NIHR CLAHRC NWL funded award will be given at the Sickle Cell Society’s AGM on 21st July 2018. There will be three prizes (1st Prize and two runners-up) including gift vouchers and the chance to attend a poetry /creative writing workshop.
The Inspiring Emmanuel Amuta
The Emmanuel Amuta Poetry Award has been created in loving memory of Emmanuel Amuta who suffered from sickle cell and sadly passed away on 19 September 2017, age 14 years old. Emmanuel was a confident, caring and gifted young man most cherished by the Sickle Cell Society and all that met him.
From a young age, Emmanuel enjoyed writing, rapping and performing his poetry. At the Sickle Cell Society’s AGM in July 2016 Emmanuel narrated his poem ‘A Beautiful Cell’ which earned him a standing ovation and encore. This award will be his fitting legacy.
Emmanuel is a great inspiration to young people living with Sickle Cell Disease. A true
#SickleCellWarrior who touched our hearts with his poetry and optimistic view on life. It is our honour to fund the award for this competition.