The French Embassy in Ghana is sponsoring the winner of this year’s Francophonie competition on a two-week tour to France. Mr Kamba Kombat of the University of Education, Winneba, won the grand finale of the competition after beating three other finalists.
Nana Yaa Aboagye and Ms Esther Biney, both from the University of Cape Coast, emerged the second and third winners, respectively, while Ms Seyram Gawu of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology placed fourth.
The finalists had to demonstrate their proficiency in the French language and their knowledge of general Francophone culture.
International Francophonie Day
The competition was part of the International Francophonie Day which fell on March 20 this year. It was marked with the grand finale of the annual Francophonie competition, followed by a roundtable discussion on the joys and challenges of working in a cross-cultural environment.
The event was under the patronage of the French Ambassador, Mr Francois Pujolas, and other high ranking officials of the French Mission in Ghana.
Students from the Mount Mary College of Education also performed French songs, poetry and plays to the delight of the audience, which included representatives of the Ministry of Education, educational institutions, civil society institutions, as well as students of the French language.
Other prizes were awarded to winners in the senior high school category of the competition, which was organised on regional levels.
Their prizes included laptops, tablets, cell phones, books and dictionaries.
The French ambassador was delighted with the zeal and enthusiasm exhibited by the participants and their tutors.
That, he said, “inspired the confidence of a glowing future for the French language in Ghana.”