Nigerian student identified as Anthony Ekwensi has been crowned the African champion at the 17th edition of the Chinese Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students.
Ekwensi who is from Anambra state had come fourth in the final competition and made it to the last round of the championship with four other contestants who were also crowned champion of their respective continents.
The final competition was reported to have consisted of three parts. It tested the finalists’ language skills and all-around abilities, including their knowledge of Chinese culture, history, traditions and communication, as well as their singing and acting skills.
According to NAN, the grand finale of the competition took place on Saturday, August 4, in Changsha, Hunan Province.
It was also gathered that a Russian student identified simply as Ruslan was the overall winner at the event which paraded 152 students from 118 countries.
The other winners were Theodore Joseph from Australia who came second, Guan Huimin from Indonesia, who took the third position and John Gardner from the United States, who placed fifth.
NAN reported that all five winners have been offered full scholarships by the Confucius Institute.
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In a telephone interview with NAN from China, the 21-year-old Nigerian final year student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, said he looked forward to returning to China to pursue a post-graduate programme.
He said: ‘‘I went into the competition because I knew there was an opportunity to do something great, and also I wanted an opportunity to visit the country I’ve always dreamed of going.
My next plan now is to graduate successfully from UNIZIK and then come back to China for masters. I dedicate my award to God."
Ekwensi learnt the Chinese language in Nigeria for two years at the Confucius Institute at Nnamdi Azikiwe University.
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