The Taslim Elias Chambers’ public speaking debate competition which proposes to be the most anticipated debate competition in the faculty of Law was held on the 31st of August,2018 at the Afe Babalola auditorium. The program kicked off with the opening prayer given by a member of the Taslim Elias chamber after which the National Anthem ensued because we all are patriotic citizens and the elections are fast approaching, Nigerians have an elastic heart.
The Head of the Chambers gave the opening speech after which Mrs Babington Ashaye rendered a speech on which she gave profound insights on the “PROSPECTS OF RESTRUCTURING” as it relates to the theme of the competition “NIGERIA:FEDERALISM AND THE NATIONAL QUESTION; IS RESTRUCTURING THE ANSWER?”.
Spectators converged at the Afe Babalola auditorium to witness thedebaters battle head to head on the topic “NIGERIA : FEDERALISM AND THE NATIONAL QUESTION ; IS RESTRUCTURING THE ANSWER?” The candidates comprised 14 personalities representing various chambers and associations within the faculty:
Bankong Pius of the Forum for Emerging Technology;
Ajayi Oluwatobiloba of the Alternative Dispute Resoltion (ADR) society;
Adetona Temilola of Tax Club;
Victor Okafor of The Taslim Elias Chamber;
Leshi Deborah of Christian Law Students Fellowship Of Nigeria (CLASFON);
Titilope Adedokun of The Mooting Society;
Sharon Omilaju of the Book Club;
Gbolarin Oloyede of the Justise Kayode Eso Students Chamber;
Tani Idowu of the Maritime Forum;
Olufolajimi Otitoola of the Human Rights Clinic;
Hussein Subomi of the Oil and Gas Bar;
Salako Oluwafemi of the Gani Fawehinmi Student Chambers;
Akinkuolie Ibitayo of the Justice Oputa Chambers; and
Ijaoba Afolabi of the National Association of Muslim Law Students.
The public speaking competition was to be judged by four esteemed individuals in the persons of
–Mrs Xerona Duke-Philips Esq (Media and Entertainment Attorney Associate councilat Adepetun Caxton Martins, Agbor & Segun, Lagos.)
-Mrs Morenike Babington Ashaye (Founder, Accounting Education and Research services)
-Ayuwo Jones Esq (Partner at Bamidele Aturu and Co)
-Oluwatunmibi Fawole (Allan and Ogunkeye LP)
The debate competition was divided into two rounds:
The Preliminary Round which comprised of seven rounds in which two contestants were to battle for or against the motion in each round. Each candidate was given five minutes to Identify the problems, proffer solutions and convince the audience to accept their point of view as regards the theme. The participants were judged by their dressing, style,content,presentation and connection with the audience amongst other things. At the end of this session the judges deliberated and decided on the candidates allowed to participate in the second round. The candidates who scaled the hurdles to participate in the second round consisted of the representatives of The Justice Oputa Chambers, Tax Club, The Maritime Forum, Teslim Elias Chambers and Forum for Emerging Technology. However, the judges were allowed to redeem, by merit, one out of the candidates who did not make it to the second round thereby placing Ajayi Oluwatobiloba of the ADR Society back in the competition.
Second/Impromptu Round: The speakers who qualified for the second round were allowed a limited amount of time to plan and deliver impromptu speeches,supporting or opposing the topics assigned to them by the judges. This was followed by the collation of results of which the top three speakers were announced by the judges with Akinkuolie Ibitayo of the Justice Oputa Chamber coming up 3rd, Adetona Temiloluwa of Tax Club occupying the 2nd place position and Bankong Pius of the Forum of Emerging Technology Emerged 1st place making him the winner of the The Manifesto 5.0).
It can be said the ability to pull the crowd is important in a debate, some of the debaters were able to do this and they felt the hearts of the audience, Subomi was able to do this but he came out rude at a point and the opposing side felt like crying we all noticed but mans gots to man up. Our dear Cannon didn’t disappoint as he e even forged his own quote right there on the podium*on what foundation was our nation found on*, Tani our friendly neighborhood Spiderman exhibited some control but pulling the crowd effectively requires facts, Our one and only Victor didn’t disappoint either if he didn’t pull the crowd the gel sure did. Other debaters did stand out in their various ways.
*Spoken Word performance by Bisola Alade.
*”Restructuring for unity is a must and one of the ways to achieve this is through the use of our own language.”
*”If we must therefore practice democracy we must eliminate the rules of autocracy and aristocracy in all it’s entirety.”
SOGO AND YENI!