Four semi finalists of the 50th Independence Anniversary Brain of Sierra Leone Quiz Competition are now set to compete in the Grand Finale of the year-long encounter. The four are Konuwa-Taillu and Jenwood Edwin from the Western Area and Sallu Kpaka and Mohamed S. Jalloh from the Eastern Province.
The finalists are the winners and runners-up of the two semi final competitions held in Makeni and Bo early this year.
At the Makeni semi final, Sallu Kpaka emerged as the winner with 68 points, beating Jenwood Edwin with 26 points, Emmanuel Thomas with 25 points and Jacob A.R. Conteh with 5 points.
Sallu Kpaka and Jenwood Edwin having scored the two highest points graduated to the Grand finale while A.B. Konuwa-Taillu who scored 63 points defeated Mohamed S. Jalloh (58 points) and Abu Bakarr S. Bah with 49 points in the 2 semi finals in Bo City.
Mohamed Sheriff who narrowly won the second Bo Qualifying competition did not take part in the semi final in Bo as he cannot be traced in time.
So far, the competition grew extremely keener as it approached the grand finale and those who watched each competition live on SLBC TV were impressed with the conduct of the competitions and the quality of the competitors.
In Makeni, like in the Bo semi final, the battle was anybody’s game until the last few final rounds when the two winners showed mastery of their knowledge of Sierra Leone’s rich history.
A big surprise at the Bo semi final was the Kenema School boy, Mohamed S. Jalloh who answered to questions which most of the audience and viewers believed were far above the years he had spent on Mama Salone.
As the grand finale draws near, it is not sure who the winner of the star prize will be. Some believe that Sallu Kpaka from the east stands a very good chance, while others think that the maturity of A.B. Konuwa–Taillu will make him carry the day.
Others are of the opinion that even if Mohamed S. Jalloh does not emerge as the Brain of the 50th Independence Anniversary Quiz Competition, he will give the three finalists a run for the prize money. Again Jenwood Edwin is also someone to watch.
Speaking to the Chairman of the John Akar Independence Trust, the group organizing the competition, Mr. Ibrahim Labor Fofana noted that the quiz had brought together some of the best brains of the country, especially those who dared to come out and take part.
“Going to the Grand Finale, I expect fireworks as all of the competitors are reading widely and seriously on anything Sierra Leone so that they emerge the Jubilee Brain of Sierra Leone,’’ the Chairman noted.
This competition should have ended in April to coincide with the Independence Celebrations but for want of sponsorship, there has been some delay.
However, the Grand Finale is scheduled for July 8th in order to have students in schools and tertiary education institutions be part of this challenging event.