Kudos : CMS Grammar School Wins 2022 Eloquence Public Speaking Competition
It was a moment of encomiums, as CMS Grammar School, Lagos, emerged winner of the Senior Secondary Schools, Ultimate Public Speaking competition tagged, ‘The Eloquence Cup’, displacing defending champions, Queens College.
The Competition, which was the best of its kind, was organised by
the School of Eloquence in Lagos at the weekend.
Speaking on the theme : ‘The Nigerian Youth and ‘Japa’ Syndrome; Which Way Forward’, students from six secondary schools debated on mass emigration that has resulted in many persons of productive age leaving the country.
Students from three participating schools – Leopold Favour; CMS Grammar School; Abiola Oyindamola; Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School and Precious Oyinlola of Queens College Lagos clinched first, second and third prizes with cash rewards of N100,000; N75,000 and N50,000 respectively.
Ubong Essien, a certified speaking professional, Founder of the school and convener of the Eloquence Cup, described teachers as heros of the outstanding performance of their students in a competition aims at identifying and sharpening their speaking potentials early in life
“While I commend the students for their brilliant performance, we want to specially applaud their teachers for helping to discover them early and nurturing them further.
“The students have shown vast understanding of the issue discussed with research based figures and statistically defending their positions on the subject matter. They have also proven through the debates, to be abreast with current affairs.
” These were fallouts of teachers’ effort in unearthing their speaking potentials required for day to day engagements at school, in the society and in their future endeavours
” This event, which is an annual iconic oratory competition between senior secondary schools in Lagos, is in the fourth edition.
” We aim to nurture the culture of effective spoken communication at the secondary school level and create spaces for additional prizes for schools that would emerge second and third positions in future” he said.
The Special Guest of Honour at the event, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Director General of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) lauded the initiative and described effective communication as a major step in addressing any type of challenge
Represented by Isichei Osamgbi, NIMASA Director of Special Duties, Jamoh commended the School of Eloquence for its catch them young programme, saying the initiative is a trail blazer.
Other participating schools in 2022 competition are St. Gregory College, Kings College and State Senior High School
From Right: Mr. Isichei Osamgbi Representing DG of NIMASA, Mrs. Tonye Unuigbe, Board Member, School of Eloquence, Mrs. Patience Essien, Registrar, School of Eloquence, (presenting the trophy), Mrs. Olamide Odusanya, Director Internal Audit, NIMASA, Ubong Essien, Founder, School of Eloquence, Leopold Favour of CMS Grammar School (lifting the trophy) with 2 other students and their teacher, Mrs Eniaiyekan, Mr. Oluseyi Sowemimo, SAN, Member, Board School of Eloquence, Mr. Bayo Osibo, Chairman Board, School of Eloquence.