THE Pakokku U Ohn Pe Literary Award ceremony took place at Sarpay Beikman Building in Yangon yesterday, with Information Union Minister Dr Pe Myint describing the event as one of the most prestigious private literary award ceremonies.
The Pakokku U Ohn Pe literary awards have been presented to outstanding writers and poets since 1994.
The union minister urged award-winning writers to continue to contribute to the country’s literature and the people.
According to Ledwinthar Saw Chit, Chairman of Myanmar Writers Association, U Ohn Pe was a pioneer of lifelong literary award. Union Minister Dr Pe Myint presented the lifelong literary award to U Maung Ka Lay, whose pseudonym is Thaukkyar U Maung Ka Lay, and poets for their collections of poems.
Ledwinthar Saw Chit and officials also presented awards to winners of various literary genres.
The first, second and third prizes are worth K300,000, K200,000 and K100,000 respectively, while the lifelong literary award fetches K500,000.
Myanmar Apex Bank’s Chairman U Chit Khine contributed K6.5 million to the organising of the Pakokku U Ohn Pe’s Literary Award ceremony, and U Tin Oo of Total Power Solution For Your Company, K10 million, K1m each for ten years, to the fund of U Ohn Pe’s educational excellence award.
Pakokku O Ohn Pe, a writer, passed away in Pakokku on 13 April 2008.
In the afternoon, Union Minister Dr Pe Myint attended the opening of a community centre and a mobile library, jointly conducted by the Ministry of Information and Daw Khin Kyi Foundation in Insein township.
Speaking on the occasion, the union minister pledged to open more public libraries in the ministry’s public relations offices across the country.
Dr Thant Thaw Kaung of Daw Khin Kyi Foundation presented certificates of honour to Taiwan Digital Opportunity Centre Secretariat and Asus Tek Computer Inc for their donations of printers, routers, projectors and other equipment for the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation.
Daw Khin Kyi Foundation started two mobile libraries in 2013. Now the Foundation has opened mobile libraries in Kawhum, Nay Pyi Taw, Kalaw, Natmauk and Myaunmya. The mobile libraries have a collection of over 60,000 books of various categories. They have over 40,000 members.
Win Win Maw and Myat Sandy