Two Liberian students: Boakai K. Wilson and Andrew Bonnah, of the Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia (UL) have qualified to participate in the pending Confucius Institute Chinese Proficiency World Competition for Foreign College Students in China.
Wilson and Bonnah were qualified when they won first and second places respectively in the final of the 16th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students in Liberia, held Saturday, May 27, 2017, on 9th Street in Monrovia.
The competition was hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia (UL).
Ten students participated in the final and the competition had three categories: self-introduction in Chinese; responses to three questions each in Chinese-whether asked in Chinese or English; and Chinese cultural performances-songs, poem recitations, short dramas and Chinese Marshall Art. Fluency and accuracy in Chinese were highly considered.
However, authorities of the Confucius Institute honored and certificated all participants for demonstrating excellence to reach the final of the Liberia’s competition. They also encouraged the students and any other students of the Confucius Institute to continue as many opportunities and brighter future await them.
Other participants in the final were: Michael Maigbay, Norman Mondubue, Isaac J. Dukuly, Rancy E. Bondo, Augustine S. Borbor, Samson W. Dweh, Terry G. Johnson, II, and Silas Gilklay.
Judges of the competition included: Head of the Chinese Medical Team in Liberia, Mr. Yan Yunliang; an assistant to Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) Deputy Director, Mr. Solee; Director General of Chinese International Broadcasting Station at the Liberia Broadcasting System, Mr. Wang Zhanhua and In Profile Daily Editor for News & Editorial Services, Mr. Fredrick P. W. Gaye.
Speaking at the occasion, UL’s Vice President, Prof. Geebgae A. Geebgae, said though two students won the higher scores, performances of the participants were encouraging.
Prof. Geegbae praised the students for the excellent learning and urged them to double their efforts in making Chinese Language part of their life.
He equally commended the Confucius Institute family and Chinese Embassy for organizing such a program, which he said, is intended to improve academic excellence.
The UL official used the occasion to call on other learning institutions in Liberia to follow such an example to inspire the students more if the education system must improve.
Also making remarks, the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to Liberia, Mr. Li Zhuang, thanked the Confucius Institute and the University of Liberia for the contest. “…we highly appreciate the efforts have been made these years for promoting this trans-cultural exchange, by the University of Liberia and its Confucius Institute,” Li said.
According to the Chinese envoy, the contest was a good opportunity to know about China and what is getting on between China and Liberia. China, Li said, is the most populous country with over 1.3 billion people, which is 300 times the population of Liberia. “China is the second largest economy, but its GDP is only ranks about 80th in the world,” he continued.
Li explained that the Chinese Language is an important component of the Chinese 5,000-year culture and has played an important role in the trans-cultural exchanges.
He indicated that China is seeking win-win outcomes/mutual benefit through cooperation with other countries. Li made reference to China’s support to Africa’s development which safeguards and promotes world peace and development, benefiting all countries including China itself.
“As a developing country, China is determined to go together with Liberians and other Africa friends, for a better future to all of us. As we can see, a wide range of cooperation in security, agriculture, education, trade and other areas between China and Liberia has made a rapid progress,” Li maintained, alluding to an African adage that says: If you want to go quickly, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”
He then expressed the belief that participants of the competition will become the friendship ambassadors and personal contributors to common goals.
On his part, first prize winner, Student Boakai K. Wilson, thanked the Confucius Institute family for always being transparent in the competition and other contests at the institute.
He called on his fellow students and any other Liberians to take advantage of the Chinese Language study as it will allow them understand China as well as communicate with more people the world over.
Wilson vowed to make the Liberia’s Confucius Institute proud at the pending World Competition in China by returning with a flying color.
The Confucius Institute’s excellent student said he has spent five years at the institution, saying he was inspired and also challenged himself after watching several Chinese movies.
Meanwhile, Confucius Institute’s acting director, Mr. Dexter Sumo, commended participants and encouraged them to continue the excellent performances.
Sumo said the institute has been sending many Liberians to China to study Chinese; some of whom he said have graduated with masters and other levels and are working at various places.
He said Chinese companies and other enterprises in Liberia have been contacting the Confucius Institute for students who are fluent in Chinese for possible recruitment.
Representatives from other Chinese enterprises graced the occasion.