21 Nov 2019

Queen’s College wins Eloquence Cup

Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos, has emerged winner of the 2019 edition of the Eloquence Cup by defeating the reigning champion, King’s College, Lagos, in a keenly contested competition on public speaking.

Debaters from Kings and Queens college

The competition was organised by the School of Eloquence to mark its 13th anniversary. School of Eloquence is an educational institution that teaches the art of public speaking.

Speaking at the anniversary celebration recently in Lagos, the Dean of the School of Eloquence, Mr. Ubong Essien, a Certified Public Speaker, said the Eloquence Cup is an annual, iconic oratory competition between two of Nigeria’s heritage schools – King’s College and Queen’s College.

He said the competition aims to nurture the culture of effective spoken communication at the secondary school level, adding that the theme of this year’s anniversary is “Our Maritime, Our Future: Unlocking the Potential in Nigeria’s Coasts and Seas.”

Essien said it has always been a passion of the school to dwell on the important subject matter of public

Cutting of the 13th anniversary cake

speaking because the ability to speak in public could transform a commoner to a king.

He said the competition would serve as a stepping stone to greatness for the students of the two schools because by learning the art of public speaking early in life, they would not stutter like some adults anytime there is a need for them to speak in public.

The dean said “Our expectation is that when they rise to the position of leadership later in life, they will be able to speak with confidence in public.” He explained that the purpose of the programme was to “Catch them Young” as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) project.

Queen’s College was represented by Miss Nnachi Grace, Chuks-Oruchalu Jane Chinazam and Alatise Racheal while King’s College was represented by Uche-Ibeabuchi Kamsy, Obinna Charles and Tamuno Ateli Joshua.

Both sides displayed remarkable understanding of the theme and how the potential of the maritime sector could be harnessed for the growth and development of the Nigerian economy like what obtains in developed economies.

Cross section of students from Kings and Queens colleges Lagos

Queen’s College was declared the overall winner of the competition by a panel of judges drawn from the alumni of the School of Eloquence. They are Mr. Joshua Mogbo and Engineer (Mrs.) Kesha Olukorede.

Master Tamuno Ateli Joshua emerged the first place winner of the competition in individual ranking  followed by Miss Nnachi Grace as second runner-up while Obinna Charles brought up the rear as a third place winner. They were presented with certificates and gifts, including a brand new laptop and tablets.

Also, consolation prizes were presented to Uche-Ibeabuchi Kamsy, Chucks-Oruchalu Jane Chinazam and Alatise Racheal.

From R-L Mrs Ronke Thomas, Mr Seyi Sowemimo (SAN), Mrs Tonye Unuigbe, The Dean School of Eloquence

In her remarks, Mrs. Ronke Thomas, Deputy Director, Planning, Research and Data Management Services Department of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), noted that there has been lack of awareness about the maritime industry over the years.

She said NIMASA was committed to encouraging female and male graduates to come into the sector because many of the captains and other professionals in the industry were getting old and retiring.

Mrs. Thomas said, “We have this interventionist programme called ‘Nigeria’s Seafarers Development Programme’ whereby we send students abroad to learn skills in different areas of the sector such as naval architecture and marine engineering.”

She said the topic was very apt and implored the students to consider professions in the maritime sector, which is very wide and dynamic.

Some guests on the red carpet

In his comments, Mr. Seyi Sowemimo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and board member of the School of Eloquence, encouraged the students to seize the opportunity to develop the art of public speaking and also called on the management of the school to consider expanding the number of schools in the competition so that more students could benefit from the CSR initiative.

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