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Gi Joke and Write Like ‘Maas Ran’ Competition closes Nov. 11

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport invites persons to submit entries for the Gi Joke Like Maas Ran and Write Like Maas Ran Competitions. These competitions will give entrants a chance to try their hand at two of Randolph Samuels, ‘Maas Ran’s’ greatest skills, while having a chance to win a cash prize. The JCDC is marking the 104th Anniversary of the birth of Randolph Samuel Williams, CD, popularly known as Ranny Williams or “Maas Ran”, one of Jamaica’s foremost theatre practitioner and cultural icon.  

According to Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the JCDC, Stephen Davidson: “These two competitions will allow Jamaicans and Jamaican Language enthusiasts from far and wide to try their hand at two of Maas Ran’s greatest crafts, while celebrating the legacy of this theatrical great.”

He continued, “If you are a comedian or someone who can tell a good old-time joke, Gi Joke Like Maas Ran is your chance to win a cash prize while doing what you do best. Likewise, writers of all age and skill levels are encouraged to enter the Write Like Maas Ran competition, where they can tell a real old-time story while also walking away with a cash prize”.

Persons interested in entering the Gi Joke Like Maas Ran competition should send a 60 seconds video clip of them telling an original Jamaican Joke to info@jcdc.gov.jm by Friday, November 11, 2016. The entries received will be posted on the JCDC’s Facebook page and the video with the most ‘likes’ will win $30 000. Jokes must not contain explicit or inappropriate content or language.

As for the Write Like Maas Ran competition, persons entering should write a short comedic work entitled Maas Ran and Di Duppy. This work may be an original poem, short-story, sketch or any other literary form, and the winner will receive a prize of $40 000. Entrants for this competition are asked to also submit their entry to info@jcdc.gov.jm by Friday, November 11, 2016, and to clearly identify their name and a contact number in the body of the email.

Ranny Williams was a dramatist, comedian and radio and television host. Over the course of his life he appeared in many pantomimes, films and on television. He was the host of the television show the Ranny Williams Show and his films include A High Wind in Jamaica, Oh Dad Poor Dad, Jamaica No Problems, and The Marijuana Affair. His list of awards and achievements include: The Jamaica Certificate and the Badge of Honour in the Queen’s New Year honours list, the Institute of Jamaica’s Silver Musgrave Medal, Commander of the Order of Distinction (C. D.) for Outstanding Services in the field of Entertainment and the Centenary Medal.


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