Mokokchung, October 28: The 1st Jemtimenba Mollier Foundation (JMF) Meritorious Award for Excellence in Ao literature was successfully held at Aruju II, Whispering Winds hotel at Mokokchung on October 26 where eight scholars were honoured with cash prizes and certificates.
Two students who scored the highest marks in Ao language in 2019 NBSE exam, Nokzenketer of Mount Moriah School, Ungma (Class X) and Longjana from Clark Memorial Hr. Sec. School, Impur (Class XII) were awarded cash prizes and certificates.
The foundation also awarded first position holders in Ao Arangtet Tatidang (Ao Literature examination conducted by the Ao Senden Literature Board constituted by the Ao Senden) in the programme. JMF awarded cash prizes and certificates to Purtemjen Jamir, Temsujungla and Tzuwazenla for excelling in the exams.
During the programme, the JMF also organized the first Olung Lutet (Ao language spelling bee) where only those above 30 years were allowed to participate. This spell bee was organized specifically with the intention to encourage and enrich the rich vocabulary among the senior citizens so that they can impart it to the younger generation. It was also conceptualized to enrich the vocabulary among the youngsters in the society.
In this first Ao spell bee, Temsujungla bagged the first prize, while I. Zulu Imsong and Pangernungla bagged the second and third prizes respectively.
The sponsor of the foundation, Jemti Mollier, a well known philanthropist, exhorted the gathering to love, speak, write and promote the Ao language. He further assured to contribute towards development of Ao literature.
Ao Senden general secretary, Imtipokyim underscored the importance of the mother tongue. He said that Ao language is one collective treasure for the whole Ao community and therefore it should be loved and cherished by all.
Chairman of Ao Senden Literature Board, Dr L Temjen also delivered a short speech while convenor of Jemtimenba Mollier Foundation Dr Tali Imsong spoke about the whole concept of the foundation.
The Jemtimenba Mollier Foundation (JMF) was founded in the year 2014. It was founded specially for the promotion of Ao literature. Since its foundation, the JMF had been conducting different programme like seminars, essay and quiz competitions, spell bee, symposium, etc.
(Page News Service)