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Youths have been cautioned against getting addicted to smartphones to the detriment of their books.

Fielding questions from journalists during the preliminary stages of this year’s Akintola Williams Youth Debate in Lagos, the chairman, Programmes and Event of the Nigerian Britain Association, Oluwaseyi Adeyemo, noted the importance of smartphones, emphasising that youths could not just read on phones and be thoroughly educated.

He said: “I am proud that they are learning, highly educated and knowledgeable. As elders, we must be careful of what we do. If we think they don’t know, they do. Look at the kind of examples they are giving; they are things we thought they did not hear or see. Apparently, they know them.”

He stated that the debate was done in collaboration with the Association of International School Educators of Nigeria (AISEN) to promote critical thinking and research, reading and eloquent speech among pupils.

“Incidentally, Nigerian Britain Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary and Pa Akintola Williams celebrated his 100 years this year. So, we consider this year’s event as special, especially to commemorate Pa Williams’ centenary anniversary and as the first chattered accountant in Africa, who believes in education, and the life patron of the association,” he stated.

For the junior category, Day Waterman College came first, Supreme Education Foundation second, while Vivian Fowler and Lead Forte Gate School came third and fourth respectively.

For the primary category, New Hall emerged winner, River Banks School first runner-up, Treasure House second runner-up and Meadow Hall third runner-up.

For the senior category, Lead Forte Gate School came first, Corona Schools second, Day waterman third and Meadow Hall fourth.


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