Ghana Preliminary Round of the 16th “Chinese Bridge”—Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students Successfully Concludes

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Ghana [Time]    2017-04-25 16:55:37 

On Apr. 7th local time, sponsored by the Confucius Institute headquarters (Hanban) and co-organized by the Chinese embassy in Ghana and the Confucius Institute at the University of Ghana. Ghana Preliminary Round of the 16th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students was held at the University of Ghana. Ten college students from several universities including the University of Ghana, Kumasi Technical University and the University of Cape Coast participated in the competition. Guests from all walks of life totaling more than 200 were present to watch the contest, including Jiang Zhouteng, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ghana, and Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Dean of the College of Humanities of the University of Ghana.

Jiang Zhouteng said in his speech that the “Chinese Bridge” competition have enhanced Chinese-Ghana relations and strengthened the mutual understanding and trust between the two students and youngsters. Before that, stories of some outstanding Ghana students learning Chinese have drawn great attention and positive responses from people in both countries, which will arouse more Ghanaians’ interest and motivation to learn Chinese.

Ai Nan performing the song and dance Non-stop Love

Bo Na performing The Story of a Woodcutter and his Fox Wife

The competition consisted of three parts: written examination, keynote speech together with Q&A and talent show. During the talent show, brilliant performances of the contestants, like flower-drum opera, traditional Chinese dance, Peking opera, Tai-chi boxing, cucurbit flute and monologue comic talk, wining bursts of resounding applause from the audience. In addition, the talent show with newly-added Ghanaian customs in the competition won the judges and audiences’ favor.

Sha Xiaomo performing cucurbit flute Wei Bamboo under the Moon

After fierce competition, Yao Sen from the University of Ghana won the Grand Prize with his good mastery of Chinese and brilliant talent show.

Yao Sen performing Peking Opera Bao Long Tu

Yao Sen said in excitement: “This is my second time to participate in “Chinese Bridge”, and I am very excited for winning the Grand Prize. I will make good preparations for the next round, and hopefully I can win and become the pride of Ghana. As a Chinese saying goes, “You’ll never see the rainbow without experiencing rain and storm”. I am sure it will pay off as long as I make unremitting efforts.”

This competition has attracted great attention from the media. Metro TV, Adom TV, African TV, Ghana News Agency, Starr Broadcasting, Finder News and CNC TV (Xinhua News Agency in Ghana) and other media covered this event.