Dar, Dodoma students win 2019 Chinese singing contest

18May 2019
Renatha Msungu
The Guardian
Dar, Dodoma students win 2019 Chinese singing contest

DODOMA students Maurine Mwansongwe and Amina Kibao have won this year’s Chinese singing contest that was held at the Dodoma Secondary School venue mid this week.

Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy student performs a Chinese song during a past Chinese singing contest in Dar es Salaam.

The duo beat 12 other contestants from a section of schools from across the country that took part in the event.

Amina Kibao is from Rosmin School located in Tanga, whereas Maurine is studying at Shaaban Robert of Dar es Salaam put impressive showing to emerge victorious in the event, which is held annually and brings together schools that teach Chinese language.

University of Dodoma (UDOM) organized the event, which also sees participating students battle it out in debate, speeches, as well as displaying various talents.

Alexander Makuliko, UDOM Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Research and Nutrition noted during the competition Kiswahili has a good chance to win popularity all over the world if Tanzanians will diligently learn more languages.

“Kiswahili is now in use in South Africa and, in the continent, such countries like Kenya, Uganda are using Kiswahili,” he noted.

“For that matter, we must use Kiswahili to spread our culture to other parts and prove we can effectively use the language at the international level.”

He noted Kiswahili might be used in singing contests in other countries if Tanzanians will keep on participating in contests.

Speaking on the importance of Chinese language in economic growth, Makuliko disclosed China is among respected nations in the world that are rich and have invested in various projects in Tanzania.

Makuliko added Tanzanians should learn the language with a view to gaining from the opportunities coming from the projects.

Confucius Institute’s head at the UDOM Rafiki Sebonda noted there are several technical terms expressed in Chinese language in contracts and, for that matter, the presence of Tanzanians that are well versed in the language will make it easy in understanding the contracts.

“If you do not know the language, you can not sign the contracts you do not know what they are all about,” he added.

“This is for that matter an opportune moment for learning the language. We will also see to it Kiswahili is promoted and become an official language in other countries.”

Confucius Institute’s Director, Yang Lun, noted winners of the sixth edition of the competition would feature in the 12th competition in China later this year. 

The participants will get an opportunity to familiarize with fellow contestants from other countries.