The U.S. embassy to Morocco organized last week, in cooperation with Dar America Casablanca, the “Black Voices Public Speaking Contest.”
The event, which witnessed a tight competition between various young Moroccans, saw Houda Ougaddoum, Abdelbari Saoufi and Badr Zahrane win the contest, after having demonstrated their public speaking talents by reciting famous speeches by African Americans.
In the aftermath of the contest, the three winners had the privilege to take lunch with U.S. ambassador to Morocco, Mr. Dwight Bush.
The contest winners recited speeches by Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King, and President Obama.
First prize winner Badr Zahrane, who studies at ENCG Casablanca, told The Moroccan Times that he was “very happy to meet U.S. ambassador Mr. Dwight L. Bush, who has been very humble and encouraged us to keep going forth and work hard.”
“English is taking more space in our society and our educational system, at least that’s what our head of government Benkirane said recently,” the young student stressed.
Check out Badr Zahrane’s performance while reciting Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” in the video below.
The Moroccan Times.