At the beginning of 2009, Effua was headhunted by the BBC to be a judge on the nationwide poetry recital competition for 7-11 year olds. She worked with Benjamin Zephaniah and Michael Rosen and other writers, and literacy advocates. The finalist and their families were invited to Oxford where the competition ended. A film was produced to document the whole campaign.
‘Off By Heart’ went on to win the ‘Children’s Learning – Primary in 2009 Children’s’ Award for the campaign engaging children in reciting and enjoying poetry with a national competition. The award went to the campaign and the film made by Silver River Productions.
In March 2010, Effua was again headhunted by the ‘Day One Productions’ team to take part in ‘The Story Spinner’ series of ‘Stories From Around the World’ DVDs. These resources are aimed at primary aged children (Early Years to Year 6) and have been proven to help develop literacy skills. In September 2011, the Early Years DVD Effua co-presented, telling the well known African folktale ‘Too Much Talk’, received a Silver Award, and the Key Stage 1 DVD where Effua tells the story of ‘Sewa’ the Ghanaian seamstress, was also awarded the Bronze from ‘Practical Pre-school’ and ‘5-7’ magazines! The judges and teachers commented, “The storytellers are excellent”!
In addition, ‘Day One Productions’ created an exciting new series of iPhone Apps including one by Effua. The Traditional Storyteller – Too Much Talk iPhone App is now available to download at the iPhone App store. Click here to find out more.
In that same month, Effua was nominated for ‘Best TV Personality’ and ‘Best TV Presenter’ Awards by BEFFTA – Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts. This was for her work on the Telling Tales series created and produced by VJ Davidson (http://about.me/VJDavidson | http://uk.linkedin.com/in/vjdavidson | Ignite Media UK – www.ignite-media.co.uk) on OH TV Sky Channel 199.