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Patriots Against Corruption Sierra Leone Hosts Successful National Public Speaking Festival Volume 3

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Festus Conteh
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Patriots Against Corruption Sierra Leone Hosts Successful National Public Speaking Festival Volume 3
Patriots Against Corruption Sierra Leone Hosts Successful National Public Speaking Festival Volume 3

On Thursday, Patriots Against Corruption Sierra Leone organized the highly anticipated National Public Speaking Festival Volume 3 at the prestigious Bintumani Hotel. With the theme “My Education, My Future,” the event aimed to engage and empower the youth in Sierra Leone through the art of public speaking. The highlight of the festival was the competition for the coveted “Margaret Murray Trophy,” in which 15 secondary schools passionately vied for the top spot.

Out of the 15 participating schools, five emerged as finalists, showcasing their oratory skills on a platform designed to address educational challenges. The finalists included:

Michael Bundor of Prince of Wales – Winner
Gibril Turay of Albert Academy – 1st Runner Up (2nd Position)
Dona Temple of AWMS – 2nd Runner Up (3rd Position)
Karefa Smart of St. Edward’s School – 3rd Runner Up (4th Position)
Edna Mansaray of Methodist Girls’ High School – 4th Runner Up (5th Position)

Patriots Against Corruption Sierra Leone Hosts Successful National Public Speaking Festival Volume 3
Festus Conteh issued a certificate to Dona Temple of AWMS.

In a spirited competition that reflected the intellect and eloquence of Sierra Leone’s students, Michael Bundor of Prince of Wales emerged as the winner, securing the prestigious Margaret Murray Trophy. Gibril Turay of Albert Academy claimed the 1st runner-up position (2nd Position), followed by Dona Temple of AWMS as the 2nd Runner-Up (3rd Position). Karefa Smart of St. Edward’s School earned the title of 3rd Runner Up (4th Position), while Edna Mansaray of Methodist Girls’ High School secured the 4th Runner Up position (5th Position).

Ms. Margaret Morray Esq.
Ms. Margaret Morray Esq.

The National Public Speaking Festival Volume 3 created a platform for young minds to articulate their thoughts on the crucial relationship between education and their future. The atmosphere at the event was vibrant and charged with enthusiasm as students showcased their public speaking prowess.

Audience at National Public Speaking Festival
Audience at National Public Speaking Festival

The success of Patriots Against Corruption Sierra Leone’s National Public Speaking Festival Volume 3 demonstrates the organization’s commitment to empowering the youth and fostering a culture of integrity and eloquence. The event highlighted the talent and potential of the next generation of leaders in Sierra Leone. As the festival concluded on a positive note, it left a lasting impression on all participants, inspiring them to continue striving for excellence in their education and public speaking endeavours.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.