Selasee Atiase from Accra has won first prize in the World Music category of the 2005 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for his song Run. Atiase began his music career by playing the guitar and performing with his local church group before graduating from the school of performing arts at the University of Ghana in 1999. He has been performing and recording ever since. Run has also been chosen to feature in the soundtrack of the official videogame of the upcoming FIFA 2006 World Cup in Germany.
For the first time in the four-year history of ISC, second and third prizes in the World Music category also went to African songwriters: Chiwoniso Maraire from Zimbabwe for Rebel Woman and Ngalah Davis from Kenya for Ji Opogore respectively.
ISC provides a platform for aspiring and established songwriters to have their work heard by professional judges in an international arena. The 2005 contest received almost 15,000 entries from 82 countries.