Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos, has won the 2021 edition of Eloquence Cup competition, organised yearly by the School of Eloquence for senior secondary school students in Lagos.
According to the organisers, break due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic last year, the competition which is usually between two schools, was held among 10 schools this year.
Queens College, the defending champion, defeated nine other secondary schools selected across the state to retain the cup, and won in the last edition that took place in 2019.
In the individual category, the third prize was won by Ude Arinze Goodluck of Kings College Lagos, while Queens College, Yaba, Lagos won the second and first prize with Esther Eze emerging in the first position, and Oluwakemi Lawal came second. Esther, the first prize winner, smiled home with a laptop, the second prize winner got a tablet, while the third prize winner was rewarded with exotic stationery and a school bag.
For emerging first in the Breakout Speaker, Adjete Happiness of Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School, Agege got cash reward of N25,000, while the second Breakout Speaker, Samuel Bakare of State Senior High School, Oyewole in Agege received N15,000 cash.
Announcing the winners, the Founder of the School of Eloquence, Mr. Ubong Essien lauded the performance of the participating schools, saying: “Our young men and women here today have given us hope that in the next 15 to 20 years, our democracy will be deepened with our House of Representatives and Senate driven by quality and robust dialogue based on the power of speaking.
Essien, while noting that the contest coincided with the 15th anniversary of the school, added that “in 15 years we have done a fantastic job of teaching the act of public speaking to our secondary schools.”
He further said that the school is evolving and growing to develop into an institution, adding that “our aspiration is to make the competition national. Thus, we should not be surprised that in 2023 we have the Eloquence Cup in Lagos and Eloquence Cup in Abuja.”