NIGERIAN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS TAKES THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE EXPRESSION STEP DOWN DEBATE PROJECT

In a bid to create awareness among the Nigerian youths and curb the menace of corruption in Nigeria, The Expression Undergraduate Debates Challenge was initiated by Youngstars Development Initiative (YDI), with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID). 

From 3 regional auditions in Abuja, Enugu and Lagos, 32 undergraduate teams representing 20 tertiary institutions in Nigeria participated in the maiden edition of The Expression Undergraduate Debates Challenge.

At the end of the grand finale, which was held at NAF Conference Centre, Abuja, Team Quora of University of Ibadan emerged the 1st place winner of N500,000 cash prize, followed by Team Dunamis of University of Ibadan, winning N300,000 and third place was won by Team Roar of University of Jos, winning a cash price of N200,000.

As part of the post-debate activities, the winners conducted a step down debates in secondary schools in their communities as well as promote the “I CHOOSE INTEGRITY” campaign.

Team Dunamis comprising of Adesokan Adediran and Nwagbara Izuchukwu of University of Ibadan, successfully organized a stepdown debate activity in fulfilment of the team’s obligations as the second-prize winner of the Expression Undergraduate Debate 2017. The event took place on the 9th of March, 2018 with the theme: “Can Nigeria win the fight against corruption in one generation?”. The program took the form of an inter-school debate between two schools – All-Time Best College (ATBC), Isolo and Globix Private School, Ikotun. At the end of the debate, Globix Private School won for the junior category, while All-Time Best College won for the senior category.

For first-prize winner, Team Quora comprising of Adeyemi Idowu and Thanni Obafemi of the University of Ibadan, as part of their post activities organized an anti-corruption talk show in their University and successfully conducted an inter-secondary school debate between The International School, Abadina College, Immanuel College and Methodist College. At the end of the debate, Methodist College emerged the winner, with Abadina College second runner up and The International School took third position.

Meanwhile, the third-prize winner, Team Roar, comprising of Chinedu Isagba and Henry Tabansi of the University of Jos, successfully conducted their stepdown debate on the 1st of March, 2018 at St. John’s College in Jos. The event had in attendance 256 students of St. John’s College.