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Former Lexington-Richland Five student wins 1st place in prestigious literacy and arts circle

Lexington County, SC 12/29/2021 (Paul Kirby) – Former Irmo resident and past Lexington-Richland School District Five student Damarea Ogbuewu has won 1st place in the categories of theater, music, and poetry in the prestigious China Federation of Literacy and Arts Circles (CFLAC) for 2021. In doing so, Damera beat out four-time winner Ying Chang Compestine. Damarea is the first and only African American to win this distinction since the CFLAC was conceived in 1949. Damarea, now 16, can move on to compete next year in the finals for additional awards and accolades. In 2020, she took 2nd place in the same categories.

By any standard, Damarea is an extraordinary young lady. As a teenager, her titles already include those of author, singer, songwriter, and poet. She is of American and Nigerian descent and currently speaks four languages. Not one to rest on her laurels, she continues to work to absorb additional knowledge daily. In a recent interview with The Lexington Ledger, Damerea said that she is interested in travelling the world soon, especially to China, and learning the Mandarin Chinese language as she continues to grow, mature, and further her education.

According to their website found HERE, the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles (CFLAC) is a national non-governmental organization founded with the approval of the state in July 1949, three months before the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Its mission is to unite and serve writers and artists, to train literary and art talents, and to promote the development and prosperity of literature and arts. Its major mission is to enhance the unity of artists, establish networks through coordination and professional guidance, undertake membership administration, promote self-discipline, safeguard the rights and interests of writers and artists, and provide them with service in need.

In the future, expect more news about Damerea and her success. It’s clear, this is only the beginning for this posed and talented young lady.


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