Confucius Institute at University of Sierra Leone Awarded Outstanding Contribution Award
On Feb. 18th, local time, Fourah Bay College of the University of Sierra Leone held a celebration for its 190th anniversary. Over 1,000 people, including Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone, Samura Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Sierra Leone and other officials from the Sierra Leonean government, representatives of international organizations in Sierra Leone, Prof. Ekundayo Thompson, Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone, Professor Sahr Gbamanja, Chancellor of Fourah Bay College as well as teachers and students from the Confucius Institute at University of Sierra Leone, attended the event.
Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone, attending the celebration
University of Sierra Leone granting the “Outstanding Contribution Award” to the Confucius Institute at University of Sierra Leone
During the celebration, the University of Sierra Leone granted the “Outstanding Contribution Award” to the Confucius Institute at University of Sierra Leone in recognition of its outstanding contribution in academic and cultural exchanges since its establishment five years ago. Prof. Gbamanja gave the prize presentation speech, in which he expressed his appreciation for the active practices of the Confucius Institute in promoting civilization exchanges and mutual learning between Sierra Leone and China as well as deepening the friendship between the two peoples.
Teachers of the Confucius Institute performing “The Nation of Greatness and Courtesy”, a dance showcasing Han Chinese clothing.
Teachers and students at the Confucius Institute performing Chinese Kungfu
Afterwards, teachers and students at the Confucius Institute presented wonderful and artistic programs. As the first program, “The Nation of Greatness and Courtesy”, a dance showcasing Han Chinese clothing, made a stunning debut. With graceful and beautiful dancing, teachers at the Confucius Institute interpreted the profound connotation of “a land of proper dressing, propriety and righteousness”. Li Heng and students from the Affiliated High School of Fourah Bay College presented a superb martial arts performance with sonorous and powerful slogans, clean and neat moves, and magnificent vigor. They revealed the spirit of the Chinese martial art of perfecting the skill of wushu, respecting the virtue of wushu and valuing the soul of wushu. Dressed in the national costumes of Sierra Leone, volunteers and students from the Confucius Institute jointly sang a traditional song of Sierra Leone—“Kingjimi”, showcasing family-like friendship between the two peoples. The passionate singing blew the audience away and pushed the cheerful atmosphere to a climax. The celebration came to a successful end.
In addition, the large-scale picture exhibition of the Confucius Institute at University of Sierra Leone also drew attention from many guests. With great interests, they learnt about the outstanding achievements made by the Confucius Institute at University of Sierra Leone in people-to-people and cultural exchanges.
Story by Wu Zhenxiong