FBC BAGS MORE EXCELLENCE AWARD
The acting Deputy Vice Chancellor of Fourah Bay College (FBC) Professor Sahr Thomas Gbamanja has said that Fourah Bay College is not a place for cultism but an institution that transforms people to achieve their desired academic goal.
Professor Gbamanga made that statement in a news conference at Fourah Bay College Mount Aureol during the presentation of awards and certificates captured at the Impact Africa International Championship 2016 Debate Competition held in Tamale, Ghana by two exceptional female students of Fourah Bay College, Mary Gbloh from the Law Department and Patricia Koroma from the Political Science Department of FBC.
“We are very proud of you and this is what we are expecting from our students,” Professor Gbamanja said that this is not the first time the university had gained such success from international competitions. He recalled that in 2014 a student from FBC emerged as the champion in a competition that was organized in Nigeria.
He promised to increase the number of participants for the Zimbabwe competition and stressed his commitment to provide the team with the necessary support.
He furthered that “FBC is not a place for cultism” pointing out that students should try to copy the success of these girl. He presented gifts to the students and lecturer for their laudable achievement.
According to the Lecturer, Teddy Foday Musa who accompanied the students to the competition said the students were segmented into a debate and a public speaking contests with representation from four countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone and eleven universities.
He maintained that it was a nineteen team competition, two in a team making up the total of thirty eight debaters. Teddy Foday Musa added that some institutions produced more than one team, and emphasized that it was a single team from Sierra Leone. He furthered that the debate had a parliamentary format and Sierra Leone was able to reach the quarter final and ranked among the nine best performing team. Mary Gbloh was awarded sixth best debater out of thirty eight and also came first in the public speaking contest and was awarded a plaque. He pointed out that because of the excellent performance of the University they have also been invited to participate in another competition in Zimbabwe and both Mary and Patricia should make the trip. He thanked the administration of FBC for their support.
Chairing the program was the Head of Department of the Peace and Conflict Studies, Mrs. Memunatu Pratt. She noted that even though the University was going through a difficult time, they have been able to bring good news to the people of Sierra Leone. She said that despite the challenging time, they were making progress as “eighty percent of her students were doing well”.
The Dean of Engineering and Architecture, Engineer Alhaji Alpha Badamasi Savage lavished praises on the lecturer, Mr. teddy Foday Musa who had been coaching the students and promised to give more support to future competitions.
The Dean of Social Sciences and Law, Dr. Dante Bendu said that it was a great honour and pride to his faculty for such success, adding that they will continue to work as a team and to support such programmes.
Sharing their experience, both Students thanked the University for the Opportunity given to them to participate in the competition.
They called such for educational activities to be fully sponsored in future as such success is not only for the University but for Sierra Leone as a whole.
The Deputy Registrar at FBC Miss. Z. Domingo thanked the students for their exceptional performance and wished them well in subsequent competitions.
Contributed by <strong>Munda Rogers</strong>