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The contestants from different universities across Kenya take a group photo, with organizers and partners of the event. PHOTO/CGTN AFRICA

Kenyan university hosts 23rd annual Chinese Proficiency Competition finals

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The 23rd Chinese Bridge, Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, Kenya Division, held at the University of Nairobi on Tuesday, provided yet another opportunity for cultural exchange between local Kenyans and the Chinese community.

20 students from six universities across Kenya took part.

The colourful event allowed participants to showcase their proficiency in Mandarin, and their grasp of Chinese culture through various skits, dances, and music.

”It was my very first time performing in public, I was actually very nervous but I loved the experience, “said Harriet Waswa. ” I focussed on Chinese music because I follow so many Chinese content creators on Tiktok.”

According to University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Stephen Kiama,  the Chinese language proficiency contest has gained traction globally, citing its role in fostering cultural and educational exchanges among civilizations.

”The Chinese language serves as a way of connecting students globally, under the theme of “One World, One Family,” Kiama said in his opening speech.

According to Zhang Zhizhong, Minister Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, Kenyan youth studying Chinese language should leverage that opportunity to understand the essence of China’s “Harmony Culture” and explore Chinese civilization.

20-year-old University of Nairobi student, Lawrence Kamau, won the overall competition.

”This win means a lot to me, I can’t wait to visit China for the first time, and in the future, I hope to integrate my profession with the Chinese language”.

Kamau will later represent Kenya at the global competition in China.


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