Hammad J. Sulaiman, a 500 level law student who is also the Principal Editor of UDUS PEN PRESS and President of African Students For Liberty (UDUS) was pronounced 2nd Runner Up in the Grand Finale of the First Maiden Edition of National Association of Kwara State Students National Headquarters’ Debate and Oratory Contest at Kwara State Banquet Hall on Saturday, 14th of December, 2019. The topic of discourse was “How Can Education Drive Sustainable Development”.
The event which has 10 participants who are mainly Kwarans from various institutions was declared open by the Chairman of the Occasion, Prof. Shehu Adaramaja, who is a renowned and astute academician from University of Ilorin. This was followed by a welcome address by the Association’s National President, Comrade Azeez-Adisa Jaji.
Three men panelists, Isa Alausa Sani, Ali Faagba and Barr. Chima Osuji Esq. gave out the criterion for grading and guidelines on the oratory delivery before the presentations kick-started.
Towards the end of the event, there were suggestions, recommendations and observations to the contributions made by the 10 participants. There was presentation of meritorious award and certificate of grand patron to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRasaq AbdulRahman.
The Award was presented to the Governor’s Representative, Prof. Shehu Adaramaja by the Ohoro of Shao Town, Oba (Dr.) Bamidele Adegbite and the Certificate of Grand Patron was subsequently presented to him by Mr. Gbenga Akanbi.
The winner, Abdulazeez Abdullahi Abayomi and First Runner Up, Abiodun Love Mofiyinfoluwa are from University of Ilorin while Second Runner Up, Hammed J. Sulaiman and Abdulrasheed Hammad from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto clinched 3rd and 4th position respectively, bustling participants from Zugeru Polytechnic Niger State and Yaba Polytechnic, Lagos State.
The 10 participants that made it to oratory contest were early shortlisted from essay competition and the three winners from oratory contest are to be awarded with cash prize. The event was graced with academicians, professors, king, chiefs, Kwaran student-leaders from North, East, West and South of the Federation and Pressmen.
Interviewing Hammed J. Sulaiman, how he feel about emerging as 2nd Runner Up for the oratory contest, he said he is just grooming himself and aligned it to event(s) organised on UDUS Campus.
“Well, I’m just a baby public speaker, so, emerging as second runner up, spurs hope in me that I can do better.. I feel happy, I feel passionate about public speaking. I really started public speaking with Poetry Club UDUS’ open mic event and I hope, I can do more.”
Asking him his take on the program whether he finds it helpful, he noted that the program is so helpful not only to curb the menace of glossophobia but also in imbuing and enlightening students how to always channel their thoughts.
He said: “This kind of sensitizing program should always be welcomed in various institutions or various associations. The coordinators, organisers of this program have really done well.”