- A 200 level student of University of Ibadan, Jesse Nwodo, has won the sixth edition of UI Superbowl public speaking contest
- Nwodo defeated nine other contestants to emerge overall winner of the contest
- The winner also received 2 years scholarship to finish his undergraduate course
A 200 level student of the department of English, University of Ibadan, Jesse Nwodo, has emerged the winner of the sixth edition of the University of Ibadan public speaking contest tagged Superbowl.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that Nwodo won the contest after defeating other nine participants from different departments in the university.
The theme of the competition was the reconstruction of a nation and UI @70: Sustaining the legacy, raising the bar.
The winner was awarded a trophy, plaque, undergraduate tuition till graduation, one-year tuition for postgraduate studies in UI, one-year internet subscription, and book voucher worth fifty thousand Naira.
The first runner up, David Olanema, received a plaque, undergraduate tuition till graduation, one-year tuition for postgraduate studies in UI, one-year internet subscription, and book voucher worth fifty thousand Naira.
The second runner up, Olayiide Bolaji, also had plaque, one-year tuition till graduation, one-year internet subscription, and book voucher worth fifty thousand naira.
Speaking on the contest, a senior lecturer in the department of communication and language arts, of the institution, Bisi Olawuyi, who is the organiser of the event, said the oratory contest which began in 2007 was last held in 2012, as he remarked that the sixth edition was held in order to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the University of Ibadan.
He said: "We started Superbow in 2007 and the reason it came up was because I said that there was a need to raise the profile of public speaking contest among young people in Nigeria and to address salient national issues. Before then, there were many public speaking contests at the University of Ibadan, I just felt that there is a need to raise another contest that will address salient national issues in Nigeria.
"Superbowl takes a lot of money. By the time I organised the fifth edition in 2012, I felt that I cannot cope with the enormous resources it required. That was why for seven years, we cannot do it. And because of the embarrassment I receive from students who say uncle Bisi, what about Superbowl and I said that I will take the bull by the horn regardless of what it is going to take. After seven years, we need to come out bigger and better."
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