NEWS

Fall 2022 academic highlights

The Spring 2023 semester is now underway. While we look forward to our future accomplishments, let’s look back and acknowledge the outstanding contributions from students in the Fall semester, including the African Leaders Showcase, the MReader awards, and National Ivory Spelling Bee.

National Ivory Spelling Bee

On Saturday, November 6, high school students from the Abidjan area gathered to take part in the second national spelling bee, organized by the NGO Education Africa CI.

IUGB students and faculty gave their support to the event by serving as volunteers and judges. Judges included faculty members Darlene Kilian (U.S. State Department English Language Fellow and UPP instructor), Mohamed Lekrama (UPP lecturer), and Brione LaThrop (BSS senior lecturer) and students Daoud Saphyra Graciel Cecile Diabate and Kouamebah Yvanne Ornella Kouassi Akoupo. Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) Mallory Lewis and Olivia Risoleo also served on the jury. ETAs Unglid Paul and Maryka Zee served as school representatives.

Other IUGB student volunteers included Aman Fernand Junior Niamkey, Prisca Noufe, Rasmata Sawadogo, Steve Rubin Donhous, Abraham Ido, and Okeilagne Marie Reine Grace A. Diagana.

Members of the NGO Education Africa CI stopped by the IUGB campus on November 28 to drop off certificates of appreciation for the IUGB participants and meet with the UPP Director.

 

African Leaders Showcase

The African Leaders’ Public Speaking Series promotes public speaking skills, as students immerse themselves in Black excellence–embodied by the leadership of both our ancestors and contemporary role models in academia, the arts, business, engineering, health, mathematics, politics and the sciences. The African Leaders’ Public Speaking Series focuses on positive role models to inspire students’ interest and self-confidence as they research phenomenal achievers, synthesize language, and embody the characteristics of excellence though their speeches.

Each UPP Oral Communication group and several BSS courses held speaking competitions in class. The finalists from those groups who took in the November 4 program were:

Student Name
Course/Group
Leader
Country
1.
M’mah Grace Emmanuella D Dowo
Survey of US History
Victoria Montu “Abdaraya Toya”
Benin/Haiti
2.
Josue Emmanuel Moro III N’guessan
African History
Lerone Bennett, Jr.
USA
3.
Meliane Joelle-Queren Yed
African History
Magatte Wade
Senegal
4.
Sie Mohamed Yohann Ouattara
African History
Joel Augustus Rogers
Jamaica/USA
5.
Woedinam Prince Tenge
African History
Byron Allen
USA
6.
Aminata Fanta Traore
Survey of US History
Florence Nkiru Nwapa
Nigeria
7.
Check Abdoul Kader Traore
Survey of US History
Ogobara Doumbo
Mali
8.
Azanin Adala Marie Paule Bile
Survey of US History
Lebohang Monyasti
South Africa
9.
Aboubacar Sidick Camata
African History
Denmark Vesey
St. Thomas, US VI
10.
Zongo, Gouwend-Rinde Ebenezer O.
Advanced A
John Singleton
USA
11.
Ibeawuchi, Benedict Ikechukwu
Advanced A
Paul Cuffe
USA
12.
N’guetta Lia Nanan
Advanced B
Vera Songwe
Cameroon
13.
Djogo, Aghitain Emmanuel
Advanced C
Tayo Oviosu
Nigeria
14.
Yapi, Assi Christ Emmanuel
Advanced C
Jim Ovia
Nigeria
15.
Zogoury, Marie-Kenza Olivia Fadeh
Intermediate A
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Nigeria
16.
Kacou, Adjoba Lucie Marie-Typhanie
Intermediate A
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Nigeria
17.
Sangare, Yves Yoro
Intermediate A
Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh, the Dahomey Warriors
Benin
18.
Ahossy, Nana Lumina Marie-Stephen
Intermediate B
Nana Oforiatta Ayim
Ghana
19.
Toure, Vassindou Khaled Abdallah
Intermediate B
Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe
South Africa
20.
Berthe, Salimata Makoulako
Intermediate C
Kamissa Camara
Mali
21.
Attegbe, Yoann Paul- Cedric
Intermediate C
Sibongile Sambo
South Africa
22.
Toure, Idriss Hamad
Basic A
Octavia Butler
USA
23.
Coulibaly, Chonhangnon Rhamatou
Basic A
Mansa Kankan Musa
Mali
24.
Diaou, Hady Ely
Basic B
Rose Ziba Chaibambo
Malawi
25.
Sanogo, Zie Abdoul Aziz
Basic C
Vicente Guerrero
Mexico
26.
Coulibaly, Bley Cheick Richard
Basic C
Yaa Asantewaa
Ghana
27.
Tra-Tiebi, Anna Marie Claude Yasmine
Basic D
Michelle Obama
USA
28.
Amatche, Elloh Yann Auriol
Basic D
Thomas Sankara
Burkina Faso
29.
Beugre, Koffi Yahmsehl Jonathan Amos
Basic E
Adebayo Ogunlesi
Nigeria
30.
Diarra, Moussa Junior
Basic E
Yusuf Yaqub al Manur
Morocco
31.
Acka, Hobbah Ahou Ruth-Esther
Basic F
Obafemi Awolowo
Nigeria
32.
Diby, Kouadio Ange Junior
Basic F
Changamire Dombo
Zimbabwe

 

The UPP Oral Communication instructors and other faculty who prepared the students for the event deserve thanks. So do Unglid Paul, ETA at Lycée Excellence who helped coach the students, master of ceremonies Elisée Anne-Lucrece Yao, and Media Club members Batihe Kouame, Abraham Guy-Anicet N’Zi, and Claude Hans Andre Yapi.

MReader Awards

Since 2019, IUGB has used MReader to help increase the reading level of its students. The MReader program is an international extensive reading project designed to assist students in the improvement of their English reading, vocabulary and critical thinking skills. Students choose graded readers from IUGB’s vast library in a variety of different genres at an appropriate level from 1 – 9.  They then take quizzes on the books they read, and are awarded points representing the number of words for each book they have mastered as they work towards their semester reading goal. More than 7,000 quizzes are offered on the free MReader.org website, hosted by the Extensive Reading Foundation.

The top readers in the Fall 2022 semester who were awarded in the ceremony on December 14 were:

International Leaderboard

Level 5 Yacouba Boundago

Level 6 Stella Jessica Bambara (4 Weeks), Ivan Massa Keven Akpess

Level 7 De Melissa Marie Divine Tohougbe, Apie Lena Karen Mariane Assi

Level 8 De Melissa Marie Divine Tohougbe, Sedinam Ama Agbelie (2 Weeks), Apie Lena Karen Mariane Assi (4 weeks)

 

300,000 words read

De Melissa Marie Divine Tohougbe, Nafissatou Bahadio, Mitihe Grace Epiphanie Kone, Sonamane Mariam Ouattara, and Benedict Ikechukwu Ibeawuchi.

University level

Gold Medals – Mitihe Grace Epiphanie Kone and De Melissa Marie Divine Tohougbe

Silver Medals – Nafissatou Bahadio and Syntyche Kiswend Sida Ilboudo

Bronze Medals – Ivan Massa Keven Akpess and Sonamane Mariam Ouattara

Advanced UPP

Gold Medal – Ibeawuchi, Benedict Ikechukwu

Silver Medal – Assi, Mariane Apie Lena-Karen

Bronze Medal – Yao, Akoua Grace Oceane

Intermediate UPP

Gold Medal – Brizoua-Bi, Louis-David Emmanuel

Silver Medal – Zogoury, Marie-Kenza Olivia Fadeh

Bronze Medal – Amani, Yann Henoc Joel

Basic UPP

Gold Medal – Toipli, Sialait Yann Euphraim

Silver Medal – Kambire, Sansan Romaric

Bronze Medal – Kone, Pefihe Elie