The Northern Nigeria’s Division E Toastmaster clubs on Sunday held a ‘Topics and Humorous Speech Contests’ which drew the participation of 16 toastmaster contestants at the Royalton Hotel, Abuja.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the contest was conducted on 5 types of speeches, namely: evaluation, table topics, tall tale, humorous, and international speech contests.
The judge and chairman of the contest, Toastmaster Effiom Effiong, judged the participation of the contestants as Table topics contestants spoke extemporaneously in response to the question: ”If you were given One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira to spend in 48 hours, what would you spend it on that will make you happy and why?”
While the Humorous contest had individuals deliver speeches that were laced with humour that left members of the audience laughing themselves off their seats.
Thereafter, Mrs. Komommo Okoi of Jabi Lakeside Toastmasters Club emerged winner of the Table Topics contest after having spoken about taking her kids on a well-deserved vacation within 48 hours.
Toastmaster Marshal Osorachukwu of Grandcity Toastmasters Club, Abuja emerged 2nd while Toastmaster Adamu Mubarak Mukhtar of Kano Toastmasters club, Kano clinched 3rd place.
In the humorous speech contest category, Mr. Timothy Ofoegbu of the Aso Rock Stars Toastmasters Club emerged winner after leaving the audience in crams as he delivered his speech titled ‘Beware of Heartbreakers’.
Toastmaster Alhassan Mohammed of Emerald Toastmasters Club Abuja became 2nd while Toastmaster Victor Adeyemo of Aso Rock Stars Toastmasters Club Abuja clinched the 3rd place.
Earlier, while declaring the contest open, Toastmaster’s Director, Division E, Winston P. Ekpotu, in a statement, reminded the audience of the main purposes of speech contests.
According to him, the purposes were to provide an opportunity to practice competitive speaking, provide interesting educational programs for members and the public, as well as provide an opportunity to learn by observing proficient speakers.
Whist thanking the organising committee for the contest, Mr. Ekpotu reminded the contestants “that the price earned at the end of a contest is nothing compared to the person you become whilst preparing for a contest”.
“Therefore, I will like all contestants to consider themselves winners, because the only true competition is against your old selves,” Mr Ekpotu said.
He also called on members of the audience who were yet to join Toastmasters to sign up quickly stressing that the need to communicate most eloquently and effectively has become more exigent now than ever before.
DAILY NIGERIAN also reports that Toastmasters International, founded in 1924, is a US-headquartered non-profit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of promoting communication and public speaking skills.
As a global leader in communication and leadership development, the organisation has empowered over 5 million individuals worldwide to become more effective communicators and leaders. Division E consists of 14 Toastmasters clubs in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano and Katsina.