Posted By: Odunayo Ogunmola
IT was a fierce battle – of wits and oratory – by pupils. In the struggle for supremacy were Ayede Grammar – School and Government Science College, both in Ayede Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
It was all at the maiden inter-school debate organised by Micbeth Empowerment Foundation (MEF), a non-governmental organisation.
The event attracted hundreds of pupils and teachers of both schools as well as dignitaries, such as the Chairman of MicCom Group, Prince Tunde Ponnle and Chairman of International Breweries Plc Otunba Dipo Daramola, who is also the president of the foundation.
The topic of discourse was: “Polygamy is more relevant to our present socio-economic situation.”
Ayede Grammar School representatives, Iyanu Aduragbemi and Fadekemi Oladimeji argued for, and Tomide Awomokun and Godson Sunday of Government Science College argued against.
At the end of the suspense-filled event, the judges declared the Ayede Grammar School team winner with 84 marks – 10 more than their opponents from Government Science College.
The winning team received medals and cash prize of N25,000. The two teachers who mentored them got N10,000 each. The school got library materials worth N100,000 and a trophy, which was blessed by the Attah of Ayede, Oba Mumuni Adebayo Orisagbemi, before the competition.
The runners-up were presented with medals of honour for putting up a good fight in the debate.
MEF Vice President/Chief Executive Officer Mrs Yetunde Daramola said the foundation was fulfilled to organise the debate, which she promised would be an annual event, to promote the use of the English language.
“We hope to promote hard work, fair play and community service while laying a solid foundation for our children’s future. We at MEF strongly believe that good education will provide a solid foundation that will act as a springboard on which our children can build their future.
“MEF therefore aims to establish programmes that will raise the value placed on education in our community and also promote community service among our youth. This, we hope, will ensure succession for community leaders of tomorrow.
“Our target is therefore to ensure a brighter future for students in our local community. MEF today has three students on full scholarship in Government Science College, Ayede Ekiti,” she said.
Presenting the three scholars, Olajide Okikiola, Oluwapelumi Praise and Adubiaro Deborah, MEF Executive Secretary Mr. Adebayo Ogunlola, said the Foundation seeks to help indigent pupils in public schools realise their dreams.
Adubiaro said she came first after going through three stages of examination to win the scholarship. She appreciated MEF for the gesture, and promised not to disappoint it.
Olajide said MEF had given hope to pupils from less privileged homes. He mentors a primary school pupil to become a scholar in the future.
Otunba Daramola, who said he was impressed with the performance of the pupils at the debate, promised to extend the competition beyond Ayede, his birth place.