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Bodda, Bodsu And Africel- Summer School, School Debate Competition, Awards Of Scholarship And Bodsu Executive Inaugural Ceremony-2008
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Africell, one of the leading telecommunications companies in Sierra Leone, on Wednesday October 8, 2008 gave out scholarships to six students who performed exceptionally at an Africell sponsored debating competition held at Methodist Youth Resource Centre in Bo.

Displaying banner during the scholarship presentation

The programme was organized in collaboration with BODSU (Bo District Students Union) and BODDA (Bo District Development Association). These two organizations are two sides of the same coin. A couple of months ago, the two organizations saw the need to collaborate for the development of Bo District. A Summer School, which lasted for a month (August 4th- September 5th), at Saint Andrews Secondary School was organized as a starter of this collaboration between BODSU and BODDA. The Summer School was climaxed by a debating competition held on the 5th of September, 2008.

BODSU President, Michael Charles making statement

From this Summer School and Debate Competition, six pupils were awarded scholarship for one academic year for their exceptional performances. Amongst these pupils were Esther Javombo of Queen of the Rosary School (QRS), Allieu Ernest of Christ the King College (CKC), Gregory Jusu of CKC, Hinga Moses Songu of CKC, Mohamed Bangura of Thirh Ahmadiayya Muslim Secondary School (TAMSS) and Joel Paul Mammy of Bo Government Secondary School (Bo School).

Beneficiaries of Africell scholarship displaying their award letters

Both projects were sponsored by Africell, one of the leaders of mobile communication in Sierra Leone.

"Africell is proud to be partnering with BODDA/BODSU in the award of Scholarship to deserving students in the District. The beneficiaries were drawn from a list of high performing students in this year’s Summer School and debate competitions conducted by

Joe Abass Bangura, Africell Regional Director making his statement

BODDA/BODSU," Africell’s Management noted.

The Company says while there is need for socializing amongst students, it is sad to say that there are times that social activities have been given too much prominence at the expense of Academics; which had in turn affected the overall Academic performance of students in the District.

Africell Regional Director South-East, Joe Abass Bangura presenting scholarship award letter to one of the pupils

"We are pleased to be a part of this project which aims at rewarding academic performance of students," Africell’s Commercial Manager, Joe Amara Bangali said, adding, "education remains the key agent for equilibrium in life. That is how a mende child like me born and bred in Kailahun District can today be seated at this high table at the British Council with the Mayor of Freetown as equals."

Members of the public who graced the occassion

"Your value in life will remain a function of what you can do or be used to do; both of which are primarily driven by your knowledge and skills base," he says, adding, "we hope that this project will highlight the value and importance of Education and improve the commitment of Students to their academics."

However, Africell is on record as being the friendliest student’s network. The company’s affordable tariffs and free calls have made life more comfortable for students all over the country.

"In our recently concluded Mega Prize Draw Part 2... Five Students won a total of Le. 500m a record that will stay on the Industry chart in Sierra Leone for a long time," Mr. Bangaly noted, while stating that, " the Management and staff of Africell the Biggest Mobile Phone Operator in Sierra Leone with over 600,000 subscribers, I wish congratulate BODDA/BODSU for the excellent conduct of this year’s summer school and debate competition. We look forward to continuing partnership with BODDA/BODSU."


INAUGURAL SPEECH BY BODSU PRESIDENT, MICHAEL CHARLES

Mr. Chairman, Chairman Bo District Development Association, Regional Director of Africell, Outgoing President and Executive, Election Committee Chairman, Men and Women of Fourah Bay College, Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I feel elated and gratified for having given me this opportunity to make a statement on this historic day and in a much auspicious occasion like this one.

Mr. Chairman; when I ascended the presidency of BODSU Fourah Bay College in its elections a couple of weeks ago, I asked myself a rhetorical question- where I am going to start. But I was quick to proffer answers- that the wheel, the power and progress of BODSU is entrenched in its general membership. -

Ladies and gentlemen, over the years we have had a situation at Fourah Bay College where BTBs (Bo Town Breeds) are having a stronger allegiance to their school organizations, thereby crippling the necessary attention BODSU deserves from its members. My regime, ladies and gentlemen has been carbonized with technocrats to ensure a positive U-turn from this ugly development.

Like I said my manifesto; I have a mission that has a vision for the diversions in BODSU. Mr. Chairman, my executive is poised therefore to WUSU SANNON the development of BODSU. By this I mean, my executive is charged to administer what it takes for the development of this district .


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