Two Students from Fourah Bay College, Julian Mary Gblor and Patricia Koroma from the law and Political Science Department respectively brought home laurels.
They returned home with a certificate and a plaque after participating in the impact Africa international championship 2016 and emerged as champion in the public speaking contest in Tamale in Ghana.
The laurels were presented to members of the media through a press conference organised by the College Administration at their campus on Mount Aureol on Friday.
The impact Africa championship is an annual university debating competition targeting African Universities.
According to Teddy Musa, presenter and accompanying Lecturer, that it was a two segments competition, a debate and a public speaking contest for four countries, Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone, and eleven universities in total.
He maintained that it was a nineteen teams competition, two in a team making up the total of thirty eight debaters, adding that some institutions produce more than one team, and emphasised 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 rank nine best performing team and Mary Gbloh was awarded sixth best debater out of thirty eight.
Teddy Foday Musa added that University of Sierra Leone came first in the public speaking contest and Mary Gbloh was awarded a plaque, he pointed out that because of the excellent performance of University of Sierra Leone, they have also been invited to participate in other competitions 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 for Peace and Conflict studies, Mrs Memunatu Pratt who noted that even though the university is going through a difficult time but they have been able to bring good news to the people of Sierra Leone. She furthered that despite the hard time they are making head way, “eighty percent of our student are doing well.”
According to the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) A.B Savage that “this is the second time Sierra Leone has participated in such competition and brought home laurels.”
The DVC lavished praises on the lecturer who has been coaching the students and promised to give more support in future competitions.
The Dean of Social Science and Law, Dr Dante Bendu said that it is a great honour and pride to them for such success adding that they will continue to work as a team and will continue to support such programs.
Sharing their experience, both Students thanked the university for such opportunity and the Sierra Leone debating society, as both students emerged as victors in the inter departmental debating competition at FBC to representing the country.
They called for educational activities to be sponsored adding that the success is not only for FBC but for every Sierra Leonean.