The Expression Debates

Raise youth awareness, voice and action against corruption in Nigeria.

About The Expression Debates

The Expression Debates Challenge is designed to be an annual platform that leverages the culture of debates to stimulate and raise youth awareness, voices and participation in contemporary national issues.

The Expression Debates Project Overview

Objectives

Use a national youth debate challenge and the 2017 International Anti-Corruption Day to raise youth awareness and voice on corruption in Nigeria.

Arouse and nurture undergraduate initiatives to contribute in countering the culture of corruption among the next generation.

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The Expression Debates Grand Finale 2017 Winners

Team Quora (1st Position)

Team Quora organized an Inter-Secondary School Debate between The International School, Abadina College, Immanuel College and Methodist CollegeIbadan, Oyo State. By 10 am the debate took off with the first round between The International School and Methodist College on the topic: Will increment in minimum wage reduce the rate of corruption in Nigeria? After the first round of debate ended with the rebuttal round from each side, a tie was decided on. The tie breaker in the form of an impromptu speech, sent Methodist to the final round. The second round ensued with Abadina College solely presenting their speech on the topic: Is the social media an effective instrument in the fight against corruption? Methodist School came first, Abadina School second, and The International School third. Plaques andcertificates were presented accordingly to the debaters by members of the panel and Team Quora.

Team Roar (2nd Position)

Team Roar organised their step down debate on 1st of March 2018 at St John’sCollege in Jos, Plateau State.The event started at exactly 2:30PM on the aforementioned date. In attendance, there were 256 students from all the classes in the school from JSS1 to SS3. The debate was conducted with 6 Students from the Senior Secondary on the topic, "Can Nigeria win the war against corruption in one generation?" At the end of the debate, the proposing team scored 230 Points and the Opposing team scored 225 points respectively, leaving the Proposition as winners of the Debate. The judges of the debate consisted of Mr. Zumji, a music artist and English tutor, Mr. O. Promise, a Lawyer and Mr. Ayo Olayinka, a social entrepreneur and Vice President Marketing with AIESEC Jos (an NGO in Jos). Both the winners of the debate and the runner ups were all presented with their prizes by the Head of Department (HOD), Art and Languages and the Matron, Debate Society of the school. Right after the debate, a member of Team Roar spoke to the students about the essence of the event and why it was organized. Afterwards, one of the judges who was also a guest spoke about 'The Role of Youths in the Fight against Corruption. The entire event came to a close with a vote of thanks by the HOD, Art and Languages Department of the School, Mrs Nwokedi.

Team Dunamis (3rd Position)

Team Dunamis hosted their step down debate on Friday the 9th of March, 2018, between two schools – All-Time Best College(ATBC), Isolo and Globix Private School, Ikotun Lagos State. Auditions had been conducted in both schools earlier and both team members had been working with the selected staff to prepare the speakers. The event took place at the hall of All-Time Best College and it should be stated that the school supported in getting the hall ready as a member of staff took charge of the decoration and the students of the school arranged the hall. The three judges of the day were: Sadik Gbenga (The President of The Literary and Debating Society, University of Ibadan), Borokini Oluwamayowa (The President of Awo Hall Literary and Debating Society) and the Chief Judge Mr. Demola Olufemi (a seasoned and experienced teacher at a government school at Isolo, Lagos State). Thereafter, Adesokan Adediran gave a speech on the theme of the event Can Nigeria win the fight against corruption in one generation? He rounded off the speech by stated that though the fight can be won, victory will not be ours except those who know better do better and in turn encourage others to do better.

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