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Queens College wins 2020 Eloquence Cup

By Kehinde Olatunji
25 November 2021   |   3:53 am
Queens College, Yaba, Lagos, has won the 2021 edition of the School of Eloquence yearly competition for senior secondary schools in the state.

Queens College, Yaba, Lagos, has won the 2021 edition of the School of Eloquence yearly competition for senior secondary schools in the state.

Having witnessed a year break due to the pandemic, the competition, which was usually between two schools, returned to accommodate 10 schools this year.

In this year’s Eloquence Cup competition, the school defeated nine others to retain the cup, which they won in 2019.

In the individual category, the duo of Esther Eze and Oluwakemi Lawal of Queens College emerged winner and first runner up respectively, while Ude Arinze Goodluck of Kings College, Lagos, was second runner up.

Eze smiled home with a laptop, the second prize winner got a tab, while the third was rewarded with exotic stationery and a school bag.

Similarly, the first of the Breakout speaker, Adjete Happiness of Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School, Agege, got a cash reward of N25, 000, while the second, Samuel Bakare of State Senior High School, Oyewole, Agege, got N15, 000.

Founder of the school, Mr. Ubong Essien, lauded the participating schools, saying, participants by their actions, have given hope that in the next 15 to 20 years, the nation’s democracy will have deepened with lawmakers driven by quality and robust dialogue, based on the eloquence.

Essien, while noting that the contest coincided with the 15th anniversary of the School of Eloquence, added: “In 15 years, we have done a fantastic job of teaching the act of public speaking to our secondary schools.”

He further stated that the school is evolving and growing to develop into an institution.

“Our aspiration is for it to go national so don’t be surprised that in 2023, you have the Eloquence Cup in Lagos and Abuja,” the founder said.

The Registrar, Mrs. Patience Essien, in her remarks said the school has grown from strength to strength in the last 15 years of its existence.

According to her, the Eloquence Cup competition, which started four years ago, could not hold last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which ravaged the world.

Before the competition kicked off, some old students educated contestants on career guidance, attitude, protecting the girl-child and the need to imbibe reading culture.

A Chartered Accountant and director in the Lagos State Civil Service, Mrs. Bawa Allah Folajimi, took the students on career guide, while a Maritime entrepreneur, Mrs. Sarah Roberts, discussed issues surrounding uplifting of the girl-child.

Mr. Taofeek Azeez, who is a Chartered Accountant, educated the students on attitude reminding that attitude will determine one’s altitude in life.

He noted that their action is a reflection of their attitude, adding that the only way for them to get to the top is to maintain a positive attitude.

Head of the Library unit of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Hajia Askira Aisha, who spoke on the importance of the library, enjoined students to imbibe reading culture, stressing that it will help them in their life long journey and career.

She admonished them to reduce the time spent browsing the Internet and watching television, advising them to spend more of their time reading in all areas of life.

The event, which was witnessed by two members of the school board, Mr. Seyi Sowemimo (SAN) and Mrs. Tonye Unuigbe, came to end with the cutting of the school’s anniversary cake.