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AWMS, Every Nation Academy wins Ella Koblo Gulama quiz contest

AWMS, Every Nation Academy wins Ella Koblo Gulama quiz contest

The Annie Walsh Memorial Secondary School and the Every Nation Academy came out as winners of the inaugural quiz competition for junior and senior secondary school pupils.

The ceremony which manifested the grand final of a nationwide competition based on the life and times of the late Paramount Chief Ella Koblo Gulama (in photo), took place at the British Council hall past Saturday.

The quiz, it is observed, focused on Paramount Chief Ella Koblo Gulama’s early childhood up until her achievement as the first female cabinet minister in West Africa.

The theme was: “Leading the Way for Women Achievers toward 50 Years of Independence”.

The contest is organized by management committee of the Madam Ella Koblo Gulama Scholar Trust.

The quiz competition is aimed at bringing to the lime light of society, good qualities of Madam Gulama emulating by young girls and women of today’s generation.

The chairman ceremony, who doubles as President of 50/50 group, Haja Samilatu Kassim, said the contest is meant to indentify skills and talents of girl pupils. She said constant reading of the book ‘The Life and Times of Paramount Chief Madam Ella Koblo Gulama’ will help contestants and young girls copy the good qualities of the late woman.

The contest was between six secondary schools. The Every Nations Secondary School Bo, Freetown Secondary School for Girls, St Joseph’s Secondary Makeni, Annie Walsh Memorial Secondary School, Queen of the Rosary Bo, and the Batch Memorial Makeni.

Every Nations Secondary School emerged as winner in the SSS category, while the Annie Walsh Memorial Secondary School clinched the JSS category.

The first prize for the SSS category is Le1 million and the second Le750,000. The sum of Le250,000 was given to the school that emerged third in the JSS. Le750,000 was awarded to winner of the JSS category, second prize Le500,000, and third prize Le200,000.

The prizes were handed over to the schools by the son of late Madam Gulama, Dr. Soccoh Kabia – who now acts as minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources.

In his statement, Dr. Kabia thanked the committee for organizing a quiz in memory of the contribution of his late mother.

That his late mother was pivot in the emancipation of women and girls in the country, especially that which deals with the promotion of education for all Sierra Leoneans, in particular girls.

He also pin pointed at the political participation of women in society. He noted that the late woman’s family was grateful for such a recognition given their mother.

“My mother’s life was a life of service to God, country, Kaiyamba Chiefdom, and family. She also stood and worked actively for tolerance and harmony amongst all the people of Sierra Leone. She was particularly proud of her linkage by marriage to the north,” he said.

Dr. Kabia stressed on the importance of preserving his mother’s reminiscence, which he says serve as an inspiration to all the girls and women in the country.

He lauded Dr. Talabi Aisie Lucan for her relentless efforts in spearheading the preservation of his mother’s memory.

Dr. Talabi Lucan, a veteran educationist, an established writer and author of ‘The Life and Times of P.C. Madam Ella Koblo Gulama’, in her brief statement said the committee plans to formulate the setting up of clubs at secondary schools.

“The quiz is to bring out those qualities of Madam Gulama worth emulating by young girls and women,” she noted

Dr. Lucan said funds were a problem for the committee, but lauded the efforts of those who contributed in the enhancement of the quiz.

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