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France to Partner Voice Of Nigeria in organising French drama competition for secondary schools in Nigeria

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By Goodluck Ikiebe

In a bid to promote French language and its culture in Nigeria, France and Voice of Nigeria, VON, have agreed to collaborate in promoting French language through VON Annual French drama Competition for Secondary schools in Nigeria.

The competition is an annual event involving some selected Secondary Schools students all over the country where they showcase their talents in Drama competition and prizes given to the best three schools.

In an opening remark, the Director-General, Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, after welcoming dignitries that graced the occasion, posited That ” Our goal of the drama competition, is to champion and promote French speaking in Nigeria and expand the linguistic frontiers of our students. This is because the world is now a global village; and in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s proclamation, it is better to harness to the fullest potential of our children”.

According to VON DG, “it is our considered view that catching the children young is a win-win scenario for parents, our there dear nation and the global Franco community. This noble concept, Annual French drama Secondary School Competition was birthed by National Youth Service Corp Member led by Isaac John.

One of the participants, Miss, Olatunji Miracle from Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State, in an interview stated that, it is time for her school to show to the world what her school can do as well as showcasing the importance of French language.
According to her, “It is an opportunity to make my school known and to show the world what Ambassadors College can do, to show the world the importance of French and how we have been preparing for it.

Miss Miracle explained that, we always Communicate in French in our French class. My advice to other students is to learn how to speak French because the world is looking for something different, so it will be an added advantage in terms of looking for job opportunities because the employer will prefer to employ one who speaks an international language than one who speaks only English.

Also the Deputy Director of French Institute in Nigeria, Mr. Benoit Billy, revealed that he is happy to see French language being promoted in Nigeria and he looks forward to see Nigeria’s Movie Industry, Nollywood, produce movies in French language.

According to Mr. Billy, “I feel really happy that voice Of Nigeria is promoting the program for many years now and I think it is very important to collaborate to put the event together for teachers and students from different states in order to promote the French language in Nigeria through drama because Drama is very famous and we pray in the future that new talent will be discovered in Nigeria and it is good to promote foreign language, it is always an advantage” he said.

While also speaking, Mr. Issac John, one of the initiators of the event, said in an interview that the programe was used as a hub where Secondary School students across Nigeria can meet and learn and share something common with each other.

According to Mr. John, “this programme is important because it gives chance to students from different states to meet and share things they have in common using French language.

” I also want to thank Voice Of Nigeria for buying into the vision and as well supporting and organizing the programme year after year, I look forward to see in the future where French institute will work closer with Voice Of Nigeria to host the event”, he concluded.
Six Secondary Schools actively participated in the competition with ECWA Secondary School, Doma, Nasarawa State, emerging the overall winner. Second place went to Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun state, while Anglican College, Kubwa, Abuja, came third. Consolation prizes were given to other Schools for their colourful display.


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Breaking: Ganduje appoints new Emir of Gaya

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has in the early hours of Sunday appointed Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim-Gaya as the new emir of Gaya.

Ibrahim-Gaya succeeded his late father, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir who died at the age of 91 years after protracted illness.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji announced the appointment on behalf of the Governor.

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Tanks head for Kosovo-Serb border as Balkans tensions grow

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A Kosovo security unit trooper guards the border with Serbia as the Balkan nations trade accusations.
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Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti has accused neighbouring Serbia of “provoking a serious international conflict”, with tensions between the two countries at their highest for years.

In the latest flashpoint, two interior ministry offices in northern Kosovo were on Saturday attacked near border crossings blocked by local Serbs angered by a ban on cars with Serbian licence plates entering the country.

The car registration office in the town of Zubin Potok was set ablaze, and two hand grenades were thrown at the civil registration office in the nearby town of Zvecan, though they did not go off, police said.

There was no mention of any casualties.

Serbs from Kosovo’s north have blocked two main roads near the border since the government ban went into force on Monday.

Drivers from Serbia must now use temporary printed registration details that are valid for 60 days.

The Kosovo government says its move mirrors measures in force in Serbia against drivers from Kosovo since 2008, when Kosovo declared independence from their neighbour.

Serb fighter planes flew close to the border crossing of Jarinje where protesters cheered them. A day before, three helicopters also flew in the vicinity.

Media in Belgrade reported that tanks and other military equipment were heading towards the border, but the Serb army did not give any details.

NATO’s mission in Kosovo, where peacekeepers maintain a fragile peace, called for restraint.

Source: (NewDaily)


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Anthony Joshua breaks his silence after devastating defeat to Oleksandr Usyk

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Joshua was outclassed by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Anthony Joshua is determined to stay positive after his devastating world title defeat to Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday.

Usyk turned in a boxing masterclass to take the IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight titles, dethroning Joshua in his own back yard at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Joshua immediately left the ring after the Ukrainian’s unanimous decision win and was taken to hospital to be assessed after taking damage to his right eye during the contest.

But he wrote on Twitter: ‘Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you!

London I love you and thank you each and every time

A rematch clause will give Joshua the chance to reclaim his titles but promoter Eddie Hearn has warned big changes are needed if he is to avenge the loss.

The fighter in AJ is already talking about winning the rematch.

‘It was a tough defeat. I had it reasonably close in the eighth and then Usyk ran away with it. If that happens again, he will get beat again.

‘Usyk’s confidence will be sky high. He has to impose himself but when you get to the level of AJ, there are no 10-round comeback fights or warm ups.

‘You are straight into the fight. He will be an underdog in that rematch.

‘He chose to take on a pound for pound great tonight, and it didn’t work out. He deserves credit for that but this is sport.’

Source: (Metro News)


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