The thousands of kilometres that Marymount Catholic Girls Secondary School in Mzuzu travelled to Blantyre were not in vein and even the fatigue that they had could not stop them from claiming the championship in the 32nd French Schools Drama grand finale held at Zingwangwa Secondary School.
Marymount which was the only school from the Northern Region after Kaseghe which also made it to the final from the region, failed to make it due to transport problem, outclassed four other schools including defending champions Jacaranda School for Orphans with their play titled 1949 Une Hallucination Surl’impasse a Venir ( 1949 Hallucination of the Future Impasse).
With the competition running under the theme Le Changement Climatique ( Climate Change), Marymount’s play which captured the attention of the people from the word go, talks about the myth of rainmaking and deforestation in reality to climate change.
It was a sweet victory for Marymount which last year came third and has been trying on several occasions to claim the top spot.
As winners with 63.2 percent, Marymount among others, received a trophy and four French dictionaries and their French teacher, Willy Kalombo, will go for a two-week French training course in France in August.
Kalombo could not hide his excitement with the win having won the hearts of the judges which included Robert Magasa and Maxwell Chiphinga popularly known as Max DC.
“I am running short of words to express myself, I didn’t see this coming. Last year was the time I thought we would make it and this year we were not sure but finally we got what we deserved and probably it is because of the experience we have got over the years,” he said.
Kalombo said they were happy that they had done it for the Northern Region and called on other schools in the region to put extra effort and participate in the competition which among others, is there to promote the speaking of the French language.
And to cap it all, the school also produced the Best French Speaker Female, Rosario Nyondo, who was the toast of the moment as she also claimed the Best Actress playing male role.
As the Best French Speaker Female, she received a gold medal, bicycle, flashing Eiffel tower and French dictionary and then received a gold medal, French dictionary and flashing Eiffel tower as Best Actress playing male role.
“I didn’t expect it but it feels so great and passion won me this,” Nyondo, who is in form four said.
Marymount also produced the Best Actress, Alinafe Chikhoswe, who received a gold medal, bicycle, flashing Eiffel tower and French dictionary.
Defending champions, Jacaranda School for Orphans, which has won the competition back-to-back, came third this time with their play 6 Juillet 2006 (6 July 2006). They received a trophy and four dictionaries.
The school which got 58 percent, however, produced a number of individual awards including Best Actor, Stephano Chizanja. Chizanja received a gold medal, bicycle, flashing Eiffel tower and dictionary.
Zomba Catholic, which also produced an individual award, came second with their play Le Message (The Message) after accumulating 59 percent.
The other finalists were Likuni Boys and Robert Blake which came fourth and fifth respectively representing the Central Region.
The competition is spearheaded by Jacaranda Foundation with support from French Embassy and Total Malawi.
French Honorary Consul and Jacaranda Foundation Director, Luc Deschamps, congratulated Marymount for the deserved win.
“I am very happy with the results, it was very fair and I love the results. Great competition with a great theme and we saw great acting and great ideas on stage. Next year, we are back and will try to look for more prizes,” Deschamps said.
The contest which attracted 18 schools during the regional competition saw the grand finale spiced by among others, YDC Theatre which staged a play titled 2084 and also a music performance from Chigo Grace and Jacaranda Sisters.