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Jeux de La Francophonie 2013 - Gold Medal Winner honored by Seychelles

Jeux de La Francophonie 2013 - Gold Medal Winner honored by Seychelles ( Jude Ally, the Seychellois artist who pulled a Gold Medal at the recent Jeux de La Francophonie in France, was this week honored at a reception attended by the Seychelles-designated Minister, Mr. Vincent Meriton; the Minister for Environment and Energy, Mr. Rolph Payet; and the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Alain St.Ange. The three ministers joined Mr. Jimmy Savy, the CEO of the National Art Council; PS Denis Rose, a representative from the French Embassy; and family and friends of the Seychellois delegation who had traveled to France for the Jeux de La Francophonie.

Jude Ally’s painting that won him the gold medal was entitled “Xylophobia,” which projects his ideas of the social context combined with his art. Jude Ally relates to “Xylophobia” as pleasure and pain as is reflected in all societies and all forms and issues. During the festival he also had to do another painting. It is to be noted that this was Jude’s 2nd participation at the Jeux de La Francophonie. This will be his last time participating in the games as he will be 36 next year, which is past the required age group for the games. “This was my greatest achievement in my artistic career," Jude Ally said.

The occasion was also to honor the A-level students for the ecological projects for which they won a silver medal at the Jeux de La Francophonie. The Seychelles Advanced Level Studies Students Group was represented by Emma Cadeau who participated in the Jeux de la Francophonie 2013 with their project “collecting rain water during the rainy season, storing in an underground water tank which will be used during dry season."

“In all it is about conservation of rain water, and also using [a] solar water panel to heat up the water, and a high-pressure water pump is used to pump the water inside the house which could be used throughout the year," said a representative of the Seychelles Advanced Level Studies Students. In this category, Seychelles participated alongside France, Lebanon, Niger, and Cote d’Ivoire. Seychelles came out second with a silver medal. The Seychelles Advanced Level Studies Students group consisted of 10 students.

The Ministry of Tourism&Culture and the Seychelles National Arts Council, through Minister St.Ange, presented Jude Ally with a cash prize as a token of appreciation for having brought a Gold Medal to Seychelles. Minister Rolph Payet also presented a token of appreciation to Emma Cedeau for her Silver Medal.


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