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-By: Yemi Alesh

The Great Independence Hall, University of Ibadan hosted a debate competition on Saturday, June 9th. The debate competition was hosted in memory of Adepoji Folarin, a student of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan and resident in the Great Independence Hall. Folarin passed away in March, 2017, and is remembered by his hall and department for his meekness and dedication to the service of God.

The Adepoju Folarin memorial public speaking contest was organised as an inter-hall contest involving freshers across the halls of residence in the varsity. Meanwhile, due to the fact that most hall literary and debating societies have yet to recruit new members, some halls presented stale students as their representatives.

The public speaking event included a debate contest between various halls of residence. The theme of the oratory contest was, “Cronyism: The Opium of the Nigerian Youths”, while the in-house freshers debate contest was tagged, ” Lazy Nigerian Youths: Fact or Fiction? “.

At the end of both contests, the results were announced by Mr. James Alufa, as follows: Mbabie Esther, Idia Hall (66%); Olatunji Vincent, Zik Hall (63%); Akogundu Daniel, Kuti Hall (61%), Ayeni OtitoJesu, Mellanby Hall (65%), Ayodele Habeebulah, Tedder Hall (69%), Oyebowale Fehintoluwa, Awo Hall (53%) and the winning orator, Fabarebo Victor, Bello Hall (79%).

Participants in the in-house debate contest were Ogunsolu Boluwatife, Onwegbu Kevin (arguing for fact), Ogindinmu Tosin and Oyewole Praise (arguing for fiction). The winning debate team was the team that argued for fact.

A cash prize and wooden plaque were presented to the winning orator.

The Adepoju Folarin Memorial Debate Competition is jointly sponsored by the Literary and Debating Society, Great Independence Hall and the Adepoju family. This edition is its first.

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