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BATTLE OF WITS AND WORDS

BATTLE OF WITS AND WORDS

It is definitely going to be a great semester this year for the residents of Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall and University of Ibadan at large. As the Hall celebrates her 50th anniversary

The Literary and debating Society of Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall is Organizing a public speaking event, which is an annual program “Clash of The Sages”. It is a debate which usually holds with Halls from other Universities from Nigeria and even beyond.

As part of the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the great Hall, the Literary and Debating Society of the Hall has decided to bring on TWO GREAT UNIVERSITIES to compete against the Halls’ Literary and Debating Society. It is going to be a THREESOME BATTLE as the GREAT Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall Literary and Debating Society will be slugging it out alone against MARRIERE HALL of University of Lagos and OBAFEMI AWOLOWO Hall from OAU Ife. The topic of the debate is “Secession: A Panacea to Nigeria Socio-Political Quagmire?”

Can they win this battle against these two halls from these great Institutions? Well we don’t know yet until the battle stage is set at TRENCHARD HALL, 11am 13th July, 2013. It is a battle of Wits and Words. Where else would you be if not the Arena. for more information call Bolaji +2348106230849

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By Amanambu Amobi

TEDxUniversityofIbadanTEDx university of Ibadan was a very successful motivational and inspirational event that held on the 20th of April 2013 at the faculty of social sciences, Mainstreet bank building. The auditorium hosted more than 120  highly esteemed audience.The well renowned speakers included Mr. Emeka Ossai, Ms. Ifeoluwa Olatayo, Dr. Tony Marinho, Dr. Olumide Longe and Mr. Remi Okunlola.

TEDx university of Ibadan commenced at exactly 10:00am with a warm introduction by the master of ceremony, Faith Ukpai.  Dr. Olumide OLonge was the first speaker of the day and it was indeed a grand opening. He spoke about the youths creating their own future “Every man is an architect of his own future” he said. He also pointed out that technology (social network) is the distraction of this generation, and advised building the habit of excellence”. The second speaker, Ms. Ifeoluwa Olatayo talked about identifying and pursing one’s passion, the opportunities that come with it as well as the obstacles and challenges that come to test the intensity of once passion. The third speaker, Dr. Tony Marinho, spoke about the dispute between commercial and social life skill advertising and how a balance can be reached that will be beneficial to both parties. He highlighted how different brands waste space in the packaging of their products rather than saving lives by writing social life skill information, for instance ‘wear your safety belt’ on that bottled water.

After the third speaker, there was a coffee break where the audience had a chance to meet and talk with one another as well as the speakers. The coffee break lasted for twenty minutes and the audience went back into the hall. There were special performances that thrilled the audience. Then, the fourth speaker Mr. Remi Okunlola came up stage and spoke about making a difference with the little you have. He said “you don’t have to do the extraordinary, just do the little you can to make a difference”. The fifth and last speaker for the event, Mr. Emeka Ossai talked about the Y-approach to knowledge- Ask yourself why you do what you do. He further called many ‘Zombies’ because they do not know the reasons for taking certain actions or decisions.

Finally, the event came to a close with the vote of thanks by the staff adviser Professor Oluleye. The audience enjoyed every moment and hoped for a better event next year.

A report written by Jonathan-Ekeh Victor

Edited by Amanambu Amobi

Dr. Ibidun Adelekan and Winners of the Debate competition

Dr. Ibidun Adelekan and Winners of the Debate competition

The Nigerian University Geography Student Association (University of Ibadan Chapter) Organized the first of its kind Inter-varsity Debate in honour of three Emeritus professors (Prof. R.K Udo, Prof. F Faniran and Prof. Filani) all in the Department of Geography University of Ibadan on the 3rd of March, 2013. This grand event hosted eight Universities including the University of Ibadan, Geography department.

Emeritus Prof. Filani ably represented by Prof. F. Akintola as he collects his Award of Honour

Emeritus Prof. Filani ably represented by Prof. F. Akintola as he collects his Award of Honour

Emeritus Prof. F. Faniran as he collects his Award of Honour from the HOD Dr. Ibidun Adelekan

Emeritus Prof. F. Faniran as he collects his Award of Honour from the HOD Dr. Ibidun Adelekan

Though more than eight Universities were invited but only seven honoured the invitation excluding the University of Ibadan which was the host of the event.

The Universities include;

1.       Ladoke Akintola University of Technology which was represented by Elujoba Adejoke Daniel and Malomo Emmanuel O who were first and second speaker respectively

2.       Olabisi Onabanjo University represented by Adeoshun Aderonke (first speaker) and Ogunjimi Oluwayomi (second speaker)

3.       University of Ilorin whose speakers were Amole Stephen Oluwole being the first speaker and Adansere John being the Second speaker.

4.       Tai Solarin University (TASUED): Oguntoye Seyi (first speaker) and Adesere John (second speaker)

5.       Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto whose speakers were Mustapha Umar and Amina Abdulazeez

6.       University of Lagos represented by Taiwo Jokotola. T  (first speaker) and Olakitan Ayoola (Second speaker)

7.       University of Ibadan: Adebayo Olakunle Micheal (first speaker) and Elumelu Uchechukwuka C. (second speaker)

8.       Obafemi Awolowo University whose speakers were Udosen  Vincent (first speaker) and Akande Tolulope (second speaker)

The event was opened by an Opening prayer, National Anthem and the University of Ibadan Anthem. The Head of the Department of Geography, Dr Ibidun Adelekan gave an Opening remark where she highlighted the fact the foundation of Geography in Nigeria lies here at the Department of Geography, University of Ibadan.

Dr D.D Ajayi read the citations of the three Emeritus professors where their achievements were cited and it was evident at the end of the citation that these three Emeritus professors are not tired of impacting positively to the society.

The various speakers from the eight different Universities were called to Debate the topic that brought them to the occasion which was; THE INSURGENCE OF TERRORISM IN NIGERIA: GEOGRAPHY, RELIGION OR ECONOMY WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE. Though, some schools debated the subject as THE INSURGENCE OF TERRORISM IN NIGERIA: GEOGRAPHY, RELIGION OR ECONOMY WHICH BEARS THE BRUNT but the judges graded them with a full knowledge of this.

The debate was finally kicked off when the first speaker from Ladoke Akintola University took the stage with an argument that the impact of terrorism is more felt on the environment than on Religion or Economy. In other words he submitted that Geography bears the brunt. The second speaker who was called at the second round started with an unexpected Yoruba proverb and concluded that Geography bears the brunt.

The speaker from Olabisi Onabanjo University pointed out that even freedom fighters are terrorist. She also claimed that the reason for insurgence of terrorism as regards “Bokoharam” is as a result of uneven development between the North and the South, pointing out that Nigeria is a mono economic Nation in terms of development. She blew the minds of the audience when she made us to understand that the estimation of the impact of terrorism cannot be perfect (where she explained that the number of deaths cannot be perfectly estimated) where X and Y are unknown. The second speaker pointed out that the Nigerian economic situation remains a paradox and that poor leadership and poverty are both responsible for the insurgence of terrorism. “When people are not engaged they become agent of evil (terror)”, she concluded. From the above it is obvious that the speakers form this institution argued that Ecomomic factor is responsible for the insurgence of terrorism in Nigeria.

The first speaker from University of Ilorin defined Terrorism from Concept to General. Where he defined terrorism from the concept of the United Nation’s department of defense, here he pointed out that the concept of terrorism includes Fear, Violence, Intimidation e.t.c. He also claimed that we stand with one leg imagining where the next attack will take place and he added it could be here! (audience screamed). He argued that Geography is responsible for the insurgence of Terrorism where he included ethnicity, socio-cultural factor, uneven distribution of natural resources and the rivers which do not favour the Northerners and Climate change is shrinking the rivers hence taking jobs from Fishermen. He also disclosed that the Upper Volta has been damned reducing the amount of water entering the rivers in the up north. These facts made him ask why will Northerners not resolve to violence (terrorism)? The second speaker came in and put an icing on the cake.

a cross-section of the Audience

a cross-section of the Audience

Tai Solarin University claimed that the Structural Adjustment Programme represents Structural Destruction programme, which was introduced in the 80s was one of the major problems of our Nation. This single Policy crippled our Nation, rendering our economy useless. This speaker argued that Economy not Religion or Geography is responsible for the insurgence of Terrorism in our Nigeria. He also pointed out that the Marriage by our Colonial Masters between the South and the North constitute the Major problem we face today.

Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto argued that the Economy and not Religion or Geography is responsible for the insurgence of terrorism Nigeria. One of the first speaker’s very strong punch lines was that “a Hungry man is an angry man” he gave reasons why Economy and nothing more is responsible for terrorism. These reasons include: unemployment, Poverty, Backwardness (on the part of the govt.), illiteracy, health related issues (where life expectancy rate of men and women is below 50 yrs.).The second speaker also commemorated these facts.

University of Lagos’ first speaker defined a terrorist in a rather unique way where he opined that a terrorist is a person or group of persons who fight to decide how a resource can and cannot be used or who can have access to it ( this terrorist most be a radical Geographer). He stated that the northerners’ claimed that Economic development is not in their favour but he said the question now is 52 yrs of leadership in this country the North has led the more therefore whose fault is it that the Northerners ruled yet did not develop their region. Economy is never and can never be the reason for terrorism but Geography, he concluded. The second speaker added that to solve the issue of terrorism is not pointing fingers but coming together to build our Nation.

The speakers from university of Ibadan took a different touch pointing out that all the three factors (religion, economy and Geography) are responsible for the insurgence of terrorism in Nigeria but dwelled so much on Religion as the major causal factor terrorism. In their words religion in itself is not enough to explain terrorism but it is sad that it is employed as a tool for terror. Where one of the speakers sighted an example on how the statue of Jesus was pulled down in the 90s as a result of Religious crisis in University of Ibadan.

Obafemi Awolowo University speakers were the last to speak and they submitted that religion despite economic challenges is responsible for the insurgence of Terrorism in Nigeria.

The result of the debate was announced as given below

3rd Position: University of Ilorin

university of Ilorin, Amole Stephen Oluwole being the first speaker and Adansere John being awarded by Emeritus Prof. R.K Udo

university of Ilorin, Amole Stephen Oluwole being the first speaker and Adansere John being awarded by Emeritus Prof. R.K Udo

2nd Position: University of Ibadan

speakers from University of Ibadan Adebayo Olakunle Micheal and Elumelu Uchechukwuka awarded by Emeritus Prof Faniran

speakers from University of Ibadan Adebayo Olakunle Micheal and Elumelu Uchechukwuka awarded by Emeritus Prof Faniran

1st  Position: Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto

The best speaker was given to Mustapha Umar of Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.

Mustapha Umar  from Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto

Mustapha Umar from Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto

A report written by Amanambu Amobi

TedxUniversityofIbadan

TedxUniversityofIbadan

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

The conveners believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So they are building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers with the theme: Creating Meaning.

Speakers for this August Event are:

  • Mr.  Remi Okunlola, Cofounder & Executive Director, Seawolf Oilfield Services Limited
  • Mrs. Funmi Roberts, Principal Partner, Funmi Roberts & Co
  • Mr. Saheed Adepoju, Co-founder & Executive Director, Encipher Company
  • Dr. Tony Marinho
  • Mr. Dayo Isreal, Ambassador to the U.N on Youth issues
  • Dr. Olumide Longe, Lectures at MIT and University of Ibadan
  • Miss, Ife Olatayo, CEO, Super Kitchen
  • Mr. Kelechi Amadiobi, Lawyer and Photographer
  • Mr. Emeka Ossai, Convener of the Nigerian Enterprise Challenge

This world class Event (TEDxUniversityofIbadan) holds on the 20th April 2013 at Mainstrseet Bank Building, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Ibadan. Registration starts by 9am. For seat reservation, please send reasons why you want to attend TEDxUniversityofIbadan to tedxuniversityofibadan@gmail.com on or before 15th April 2013. Indicate your Name, Sex, Phone number, Occupation, level (students) and Email address. Please note that there are limited number of spaces. For more information please call Amobi (08056134273), Ifeloluwa (08169032369), Tosin (07032487820),Owoseni (07067802744) or ask your questions by commenting on this post, you will surely get a response.

Things fall apart

Things fall apart

THINGS FALL APART

Things fall apart

The centre cannot hold

This book as written by late Prof. Chinua Achebe

represents a revelation of the present situation of our Nation.

Things fall apart

Mediocrity is enthroned

creativity is dethroned

Things fall apart

More than 80% of our citizens

Live below one dollar per day

Things fall apart

Many of our graduates have been shot

with the bullets of unemployment

Things fall apart

The difference between our graduates

and the market women is six, and half a dozen

Things fall apart

Our votes were sold for a sachet of “indomie”

Things fall apart

Our mean, materialistic leaders continue to dance

to the drumbeat of shame in the market of corruption

Things fall apart

Indeed things has fallen apart

The walls of our unity are cracking

the centre is shaking

Leaders of today!

If we do not stop this rain of corruption

Things fall apart

If we do not stand up and work

to put food on our table

Things fall apart

If we do not come together to build our Nation

Things fall apart

If things continue to fall apart

then the gods are no to blame

In the strength of our numbers

in the unity of our diversity

is that great Nation, Nigeria!

A Speech written by

Iniodu A. Jones & Amanambu A. Jones

Delivered by Iniodu Jones, during

TrainDrill, 28/03/2013, in Sultan

Bello Hall, University of Ibadan

Mrs Funsho Adegbola Awarding Oluwatosin and Abdulrahman of Faculty of Law Unversity of Ibadan

 

Four universities engaged in the battle of wits and words at the University of Ibadan, faculty of law lecture theatre. This competition is usually organised by the faculty of law in honour of chief Bola Ige. The universities include: University of Ilorin, Lagos state university, University of Ife and University of Ibadan. The topic  is “customs and traditions, not English law is the perfect square peg in the square hole for a desirable legal system in Nigeria”. The powerful event was graced by the presence of Mrs Funsho Adegbola as the chairperson of the event, the daughter of Late chief Bola.  Fatoyinbo  Oluwatosin who was second speaker for the university of Ibadan pointed out that” crime is now the president and commander in chief of the federal republic of Nigeria” because of the so called English law.

Mrs Funsho Adegbola Awarding the Third Position From Lagos State University

The University of Ibadan finally emerged the winner of the contest with a whopping 72%, the speakers being Ahmed Abdulrahman and Fatoyinbo Oluwatosin, followed by the university of Ilorin 68%, then Lagos state university 67% and finally the University of Ife 66%.

Mrs Funsho Adegbola Awarding the Second Position From University of Ilorin

Before the winners were disclosed, a last minute speech on the topic was thrown to the audience and Babatope Adeniyi Aiku (a secondary school student of Vale College) stunned everyone with his impeccable articulation and structure of speech.

Babatope Adeniyi Aiku Making a speech

He was therefore given the prize of five thousand Naira as the most articulate speaker of the event.

One of the most important statement made was by one of the speakers of University of Ife saying that the day we stop following the ways of the white man then we become original and not a photocopy.

The event ended with the Advice from the chairperson,when she pointed out that there is need to keep improving in public speaking.