The preliminary stage (first round) of Jawwar kick started on September 26, 2018 at Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan by 4:00pm. Jawwar is a Student-base debating competition which is organized by The Literary and Debating Society [TLDS], University of Ibadan.

This is an event comes up every year and it features both Halls of residence at the preliminary and faculties. The theme of the event for the 2018 Jawwar is “The Nigerian Dream: thoughts and actions.”

During a phone interview with the President of The Literary and Debating Society, Sadik Gbenga, he said “If you have been following, you would realize that every Jawwar has been better than the previous one and this year won’t be an exception. We’ve made plans to ensure that this year is better than the last one just like every other Jawwar has been an improvement on the previous ones.”

“For the Hall round today, we first had a little bit of an opening ceremony, just some song performances, spoken words, and then we went straight into the debate without wasting so much time.

Because we’re using Trenchard Hall, we had to start later than we initially broadcast because there was an event that happened before Jawwar, so we had to wait for them to finish Setup, so that took a little bit of our time. I would tell UITES to relax and enjoy Jawwar. Jawwar, this year, like every other year is bigger, it’s huge anywhere in Nigeria and we are proud of Jawwar”.

Debaters from each Hall of residence include Ayomide Habeeb and Sultan Ayodele from Lord Tedder Hall, Adeyemo Toluwalade and Akinsola Oluwademilade from Obafemi Awolowo Hall, Salami Habeeb and Adeyuba Omotayo from Independence Hall, Eguaoje Joy and Anyanwu Ozioma from Queen Idia Hall, Queen Elizabeth II Hall presented Adeyemo Mary and Oluwayelu Eyinjuoluwa and Olaniyan Dara and Osoko Emmanuel are from Sultan Bello Hall. Kuti Hall has Okewale Oluwadamilola and Adesokan Adediran. Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall had in attendance Asudemade Habeeb and Ogbonna Chizeterem. Mellanby Hall also had Otito-Jesu Joshua and Adeyemo Victor with Alexander Brown Hall having Titus Adeolu and Nwaezuoke Chisom as its Speakers.

Queen Idia Hall and Sultan Bello Hall debated on the topic: should mineral resources be the property of land owner or the government? While Mellanby Hall and Obafemi Awolowo hall debated on the topic: should religious studies be taught in Nigerian Schools? Alexander Brown Hall debater on the topic: Immunity for political office holders in Nigeria, Justifiable or not? And Queen Elizabeth II Hall and Lord Tedder Hall debated on the topic: A better solution to Nigeria’s electricity crisis: renewable or non-renewable energy? Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall and Independence Hall debated on the topic: Influx of immigrants to host nations: detrimental or beneficial?

After the conclusion of the debate of all the ten Halls of residence which has twenty (20) speakers in total, the Judges,Dr. Demola Lewis: Deputy Dean of Students and Chief Judge, Dr. Isaac Olufadewa and Miss. Francisca Maxwell with an omen of clarity gave their comments and justifications. Other Judges on the table are Ojo Aderemi (Time keeper), Miss Victoria Okiyi (Score keeper).

Alexander Brown Hall had 61.8333% against Kuti Hall which had 71.1667%. Queen Elizabeth II Hall had 61.6667% against Lord Tedder Hall which had 71.8333%. Zik Hall had 62.75% against Independence Hall which had 57%. Queen Idia Hall had 64.1667% against Sultan Bello Hall which had a score 74.3333%. Mellanby Hall had 71.91667% against Obafemi Awolowo Hall scoring 60.8333%.

The competition continues at Lakeside Lecture Theatre (CBN), Faculty of Science by 4:00pm on September 27, 2018.

By: Adedokun Seyi

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