The Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia (UL) has ended its 17th edition of the Chinese Bridge Competition Proficiency for Foreign College Students (Liberia Division) in its cultural activities. The program was held on the grounds of the Confucius Institute in Congo Town.
Following a successful completion of the competition, at least two students, Victor Wulu Gaye and Rancy Emmanuel Bondo, were qualified to travel to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to attend the final stage of the competition in July of this year.
The competition, which was held recently in Monrovia, was graced by the vice president of the University Geegbae A. Geegbae, Director of Institute Dexter S. Sumo, Director of the Political Division at the Chinese Embassy Zhang Lei and other representatives from ChinaAid.
At the preliminary stage of the competition, seven contestants qualified to attend the final, but two were selected. The contents of the “Chinese Bridge” were the keynote speeches (in Chinese), questions and answers and the exhibition of the Chinese Cultural Talent.
The keynote speech section required each of the contestants to deliver eloquent speeches, which focused on the theme of this year’s competition, “One World, and One Family.”
Some of them shared stories of learning the Chinese language, expressed their resolution to master it, and articulate their wish to go to China, to experience more about the country.
Some students related the profound China-Liberia friendship and conveyed their love for the Chinese language. They also described it as a beautiful prospect of “One world, one family”, and share their understanding of the Chinese traditional ideology.
The contestants, who answered questions with calmness and confidence, fully revealed their knowledge about Chinese history and culture as well as Chinese folk tradition and customs.
In the Chinese cultural talent show section, the contestants showcased their unique talents. Some sang Chinese songs with passion, some became rappers, creating their own Chinese rap songs. Others performed stick-dancing as the “Monkey King,” which is one form of Chinese martial arts, and some made mono-cross talk.
After the competition, Dr. Geegbae and Mr. Zhang delivered separate speeches to the audience.
They each spoke highly of the “Chinese Bridge” and said that it is a very significant event in promoting the exchanges of the two countries, arousing the interest and enthusiasm of students in learning the Chinese language.
As the results came out, Victor Wulu Gaye won the 1st place, followed by Neodo Wang in 2nd place, while Rancy Emmanuel Bondo won 3rd place. The trio are hopeful of traveling to China for both the semi-final and final anytime this year.
The success of the “Chinese Bridge” is a continuation of past years of experience, which opens a window for Liberians to understand the Chinese language and culture, and enhances the popularity and influence of Confucius Institute at the state-run university.