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At the end of the event, the University of Ibadan team (Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall) won with 132 points followed by University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo Hall) with 112 points. Then University of Lagos (Marriere Hall) taking the third position with 106 points

Report and pictures by Amanambu Amobi

Olujide Hycon Ayomide

Olujide Hycon Ayomide


Towering tall among peers of the West

Undoubting strength, people’s best

House of riches, home of beauty

Buried in the cleft of forgotten history

Oh! My Ibadan

Like the phoenix, rising from the ashes

A new city, emerging from the relics

Like the new bride, eyeing the huge dowry

Mother’s jewel, father’s glory

My Ibadan

Beat the gong, sound the cymbals

Far and near, close and yonder

Tell the story, anew, not as of old

To the infants and the adults, young and old

My Ibadan

Beacon of light in thick darkness

Shinning forth in utter brightness

Sweeping through the town and the gown

Putting smiles on face black and brown

My Ibadan

From the ghettos of Beere and Oje

To the urban-affluent of Oluyole

From the hurly-burly of Dugbe and Ojoo

To the beautiful estates of Bodija

My Ibadan

The poor, the wretched

Eyes wiped of once flowing tears

Ravaging crises, permeating hostilities

Buried in history, but for prevailing tranquility

My Ibadan

To a cannibal rage, she bids farewell

A new history with praises to tell

Sing to the hatchet’s burial

And nature’s city-revival

Oh! Beautiful Ibadan

Soaring riches, blossoming wealth

Booming businesses, sound health

Love, peace and harmony

Rich and poor in joyous matrimony

My Ibadan

Beautiful schools, beautiful roads

Agodi to Iwo-road, Jericho to Ring -road

Leaders with God-fear, People’s burdens to bear

Servants in people’s stead, governing with care

My Ibadan

O jewel in the West, pacesetter for the rest

O come thou blessed, your praises to tell

With fears allayed, softly I pray

Keeping my faith, just to see the day

My Ibadan-2020

A poem written by

Olujide  Hycon Ayomide

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



                                                                           Elements Of An Effective Speech


Lenny Laskowski

“Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t; the other half have nothing to say and keep saying it.”

Anyone can give a speech. Not everyone can give an effective speech. To give an effective speech there are 6 elements you should consider.

Be Prepared – Being prepared is by far the most important element. How many times do you practice your speech? As a general rule, you should spend about 30 hours of preparation and rehearsal time for every hour you will be speaking. Use a tape recorder or videotape yourself. This will help you to get an accurate picture of how you speak.

Give of Yourself – Use personal examples and stories in your speech whenever possible. Make sure your stories help to emphasize or support your point. The stories must match your message. Use examples from your personal and professional life to make your point. In either case be willing to give of yourself by sharing some of yourself with the audience

Stay Relaxed – To stay relaxed you should be prepared. Also, focus on your message and not the audience. Use gestures, including walking patterns. Practice the opening of your speech and plan exactly how you will say it. The audience will judge you in the first 30 seconds they see you.

Use Natural Humor – Don’t try to be a stand up comedian. Use natural humor by poking fun at yourself and something you said or did. Be sure NOT to make fun of anyone in the audience. People will laugh with you when you poke fun at yourself but don’t over do it.

Plan Your Body & Hand Positions – During the practice of your speech look for occasions where you can use a gesture. Establish three positions where you will stand and practice not only how to move to them but where in your speech do you move. Pick three positions, one on center stage, one to your right, and one to your left. Do not hide behind the lectern. When you do move maintain eye contact with the audience.

Pay attention to all details – Make sure you have the right location (school, hotel, room & time). Make sure you know how to get to where you are speaking. Ask how large an audience you will be speaking to. Make sure you bring all your visual aids and plenty of handouts. Arrive early so you can check out where you will be speaking and make any last minute adjustments.

It is very important that you pay attention to even the smallest details. You can never overplan. Remember, “He who fails to plan is planning for failure”

Edited by

Amanambu Amobi

It became an accepted slogan, when millions of Nigerians started chanting ‘My Oga at the top’. One would wonder that even the market women caught this verbal virus. The truth need be told, does this shameful act from Obafaiye Shem (My oga at the top), the Lagos State NSCDC commandant represents that decaying system in our dear country where nothing can be done except ‘my oga at the top’ gives an approval, no wonder Charles Novia wrote in one of his article titled ‘My Oga at the top’, where he opined that “As hilarious as this may be to millions of people, it is also a sad reminder of our societal genuflection as a people. The whole apparatus of the Nigerian administrative organogram is strangle (sic) held by so many ‘Ogas on top’. An effective ‘checks-and-balances’ system which works seamlessly in other climes is made impotent here in Nigeria by a wicked system of administrative despotism. Nothing gets done except the top guns approves, even your visiting the restroom!”. Or do we say that those who hold the mantle of leadership do not deserve to be there as they perhaps bribed their way into the job. Or again do we rather say that they lack that most important aspect of leadership which is public speaking.

‘My Oga at the top’ represents that Nigerian top leader who does not fully understand and have great knowledge of that position he is in and fail to express it adequately or represents the one who calls the shots, every decision is taken solely by him. Delegation is not in his routine of jobs. However you choose to look at it, this problem is a national crisis especially since even our president is guilty in this regard, anyone in doubt please watch the Amanpour interview with our president. Thank goodness it trended hitting over 1.5 million views on Youtube. Many top politicians, CEOs, and men of the Armed Forces these days can’t grant interviews without the exercise turning into a media gaffe. This indeed represents that failed state whose leadership lack the skill of public speaking. ‘My oga at the top’ in my opinon, represents that leader who lacks the techniques and strategies of speaking in public. These ‘ogas at the top’ need to be sent to the school of orators to learn the act of public speaking.

Written by Amanambu Amobi


A speech Deliverd in SuperBowl V by Tunde Ogundare