16 year-old Ajayi Adetola an SS3 student of Holy Child College, Lagos, has emerged the winner of the maiden edition of the Young Debaters competition which was organized by Young Educators Foundation (YEF) in conjunction with English Speaking Union (ESU), UK during the maiden edition of the event which was held at the Standard Bearers School, Lekki, Lagos, last week wednesday March 15, 2017 which coincided with the World Speech Day.
Today is the grand finale of the pilot of the Young Debaters, an oratory competition dedicated to public speaking “We discovered that public speaking skills have not been well harnessed and encouraged, so in line with our vision of impacting the next generation of leaders on the continent, we knew we had to start at this early stage teaching the values of leadership and oratory to students, which ultimately will evolve a very strong and viral leadership on the continent. Young Educators Foundation is also the franchise holders of the Scripps Spelling Bee United States in Nigeria.”
Schools that competed include Deeper Life High School, Port Harcourt, St Gregory’s College, Lagos, Holy Child, Lagos, Nicky Bee College, Idimu and Deeper Life High School, Portharcourt and Lagos. The Young Debaters competition is a public speaking/debating competition that inculcates the basic imperatives of effective communication by impacting leadership skills, development of poise and accurate word usage. It allows students to develop their critical thinking and communication skills through its unique method of orators choosing their own topic which is regulated to an overall theme. It is targeted at students between the age bracket of 15 and 20 years.
The panel of judges included Funke-Treasure Durobola and Tunde Alabi (Iceman). Ajayi will represent Nigeria at the international public speaking competition in the UK between May 8 - 12, 2017.