By Ralph Madugu
ECWA High School, Doma, has done ECWA proud by winning the 2019 Annual National Secondary Schools French Drama Competition organized by the Voice of Nigeria, VON, in Abuja.
The competition was aimed at ascertaining the effectiveness of the teaching and learning of French in Nigeria’s secondary schools and drew observers from the French Embassy and other Francophone countries.
Receiving the students who came to present the trophy to the ECWA leadership in Jos, ECWA President, Rev. Stephen Panya Baba, who could not hide his joy, said: “This is really wonderful and we give God the all the glory and adoration. We are truly overwhelmed with the presentation and you deserve to be number one nationally. This is one of the greatest and joyous moments for one of our schools emerging overall champion not only within ECWA.”
The occasion coincided with the weekly chapel hours of the ECWA Headquarters which had in attendance staff and pastors on induction.
In a brief exhortation, the ECWA president, who read from John 1:46, described the students’ performance and subsequent victory as a fulfillment of 1Corinthians 1:26-29.
Rev. Baba encouraged the teachers and students of the school not to be deterred by their backgrounds because, even if they believe that they are nothing in this world, they are qualified to be used by God.
“Spend time in thanking God and giving Him glory and He will lift you up not only in the area of arts and drama but in all aspects of life and He will lift you up in due time,” he advised.
The ECWA Education Director, Prof. Cephas Tushima, also commended the students and reminded them that they were representing God and ECWA and maintained that Christian virtue and excellence in service remained the hallmarks of all ECWA schools.
Principal of the school, Mr. Joseph Mai Keffi, expressed gratitude to God as, according to him, the institution’s experiences could be likened to the Biblical story of David and Goliath.
Said he: “I am so glad. We appreciate God because ours is a wonderful story. I look at it as the story of David and Goliath because of the background we were coming from compared to those who came from Lagos and Port Harcourt. They came by air but we went by road using a hired-commercial bus to the venue of the competition but we emerged as the overall winner.”
French teacher of the school, Mr. Sabo Douglas Joseph, explained the school beat 33 others drawn from the 36 states of the federation and Abuja.
“Honestly, it was a surprise and we were overwhelmed by the victory. Imagine a local school from Doma defeating popular schools from Lagos and Port Harcourt. I believe it is God’s doing and it has given us courage,” he enthused.
The visit featured a French drama presentation by the students while a special prayer was offered for the school by the ECWA General Secretary, Rev. Yunusa Namdu Jnr.
Highpoint of the event was the donation of N200, 000.00 to the school by the ECWA leadership.