Covenant University Wins 4th ANUDC Public Speaking Event
The 4th All-Nigeria Universities Debating Championship (ANUDC), hosted by Covenant University has ended, with winners emerging in the only two categories of the tournament- Debate and Public Speaking. The host, Covenant University won the Public Speaking event of the competition.
Having qualified for the final of the Public Speaking category with two representatives, Onyinye Jacinta Madu, a 400 Level International Relations student beat nineteen (19) other contestants to put Covenant University ahead. In a keenly contested public speaking session, which saw University of Lagos, Afe Babalola University and Imo State University’s contestants pulling lots of weight and commanding crowd ovation, the ten-man adjudication panel went with Covenant University, which unanimously declared the hosts winner of the competition.
Covenant University thus becomes the first private institution in the history of the ANUDC to win in any category of the championship. The second and third positions in Public Speaking were won by University of Lagos and Imo State University, respectively.
In another award category, Covenant University was given a trophy for “Outstanding Host” in recognition of the superlative and unprecedented organisation of the tournament.
The Covenant University Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA Atayero congratulated the delegates for a commendable initiative and for choosing Covenant University as host. Professor Atayero, represented by the Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. Akan Williams, described the championship as one unique platform to develop the mind and capacity of Nigerian youths, saying that, “it is in league with Covenant University’s motto, which is Raising a New Generation of Leaders” in the country and continent.
The Vice-Chancellor wished the organisers well and commended them for a job well done.
Speaking at the event, the President of the ANUDC Council, Dr. Ndubuisi Osuagwu, praised the University and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the tournament for “being a great team player with the Council, a high sense of responsibility and organization and for putting in place a most orderly championship, which clearly differs from previous experience”.
Describing the institution as serene and beautiful, he figuratively said many of the delegates were “disappointed because what they saw and got was not in any way, what they had expected, in view of perceptions before arriving for the event”.
Several heads of delegations present also commended the host and its LOC for a great sense of organisation. The head of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, delegation, Dr. Olubode-Sawe praised the organisers for orderliness and attention to details and for departing from the controversy that often characterised the championship. She hailed the University’s Tour Guides (who doubled as the Championship Runners) for being very courteous, disciplined and hardworking.
In his closing address for the championship, Chairman of the LOC, Dr. Sheriff Folarin, described the one-week tournament as one that had developed the minds of people, created new and enduring relationships and an opportunity to showcase the rich, sociable and responsible culture of the host-institution. Dr. Folarin said that, “We hope we have met your expectations. We hope you have seen exactly who we are and not what you had thought we were. We are a very good people. We are sociable, hospitable and cultured people”.
In a speech well received by the audience, Dr. Folarin described the tournament as the fairest, devoid of controversy and disputations about adjudication, saying “we have learnt from previous championships and reversed from the win-at-all-cost mentality of hosts and participants and have chosen to give you a truly impartial competition”.
The debate category of the 4th ANUDC (Covenant Interface 2016) was won by University of Ilorin. Beating University of Calabar and Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) to the second and third positions respectively, University of Ilorin became the first outsider to snatch victory in a ring of famous old hawks, namely, Universities of Calabar, Lagos and Imo State, which were known to be traditional leaders in the Nigerian debating community.