Alliance for Youth Development (AYD Global) held her annual Ibadan Youth Development Day on October 1, 2018. The program saw an array of young talents from five government secondary schools in Ibadan namely: Ibadan Grammar School, St. Luke’s College, Anglican Grammar School, St. David’s College, and St. Anne’s College. Some past beneficiaries of AYD training programs and scholarships were also around to grace the occasion.

The programme kicked off at exactly 11.30 am with opening prayer by a participant from St. Anne’s School, Molete. Ms. Roseline Eyenike then took the stage as the compere and was amazing at it. She led the two stanzas of the National Anthem and the Pledge. The Executive Director, Mrs. Toyosi Adebakin was then called upon to give the opening remark.

Toyosi Adebakin, The Executive Director of AYD GLOBAL

We had a three-stage Global Challenge, which was aimed at testing the participants’ knowledge about the world in terms of persons, places and time, and to also make them learn new things about their environment. The responses elicited from the participants were quite encouraging. What was more interesting was the willingness to learn new things in the cases where they got the answers wrong. They had their jotters full with new facts about the world and were happy for it.

Time soon came for the main challenge of the day, the interschool debate. Students were to speak for or against the topic, “Social Media: A Sine qua non for Quality Education in Nigeria”. The Judges – Mr. Abiola Adebakin, Mrs. Borisade Olubunmi, Mrs. Faith Falude and Mr. Miracle Osuji – were introduced to the high table. One of AYD’s most active beneficiaries, Adegoke Qaasim was the time-keeper for the contest.

One of the participating organisations, Grooming Girls into Exceptional Women Initiative, staged a playlet on the importance of technology. Feedback was received from the students on the lessons learnt from the playlet. Then the debate started with two representatives from each school:
• Olanrewaju Bukola and Peter Chinedu from Anglican Grammar School
• Oladimeji Abidat and Adedokun Ibukunoluwa from Ibadan Grammar School
• Shonuyi Damilola and Olufemi Hannah from St. Anne’s School
• Adebayo Fadekemi and Oyebanji Adekunle from St. David’s High School
• Adisa Oluwasheyi and Adebayo Mariam from St. Luke’s College

Each chief speaker had seven minutes while the supporting speakers had five minutes to defend their positions. The level of organization, poise, confidence, clarity and diction they exhibited were well above average. The judges provided feedback and correction after the rounds of debate. Everyone agreed on the need for self-discipline in handling social media. While it can be of great benefit, it can also cause distraction for students and impede their academic performance; hence the need for a disciplined approach.

There was a music break and another round of the Global Challenge while the results were computed. Then it was time for general questions and answers from the students, participants, and beneficiaries, to the judges and counsellors in the house. One of the past participants, Susan Richard, requested counsel on taking a job one isn’t interested in but which provides an avenue to earn a decent income. Damilola Shonuyi asked what she could do to make herself better after the accolades received from the judges. Udoh Inimfon asked how to overcome social media addiction. There were a couple of other questions which were satisfactorily answered. We are glad the students went home more knowledgeable.

The final results were announced. Results on individual assessments were announced first before the results on the school’s performance. Shonuyi Damilola from St. Anne’s College, Adebayo Fadekemi from St. David’s High School and Oladimeji Abidat from Ibadan Grammar School got the awards for the first, second, and third most articulate speakers of the day respectively. The awards come with a one-on-one mentorship opportunity to help them achieve their dreams. St. David’s Grammar School emerged in the fourth place. There was a tie between Anglican Grammar School and St. Luke’s in the third place. Ibadan Grammar School came second and the winning school was St. Anne’s College. They were all presented with prizes for their contributions.

The winners of the Global Challenge, Adams Waris, Akinwale Mustapha and Owolabi Joseph, were also awarded prizes. The programme came to a close with a vote of thanks from Miss Prisca Onuegbu, the administrative officer at AYD. And of course, the eventful day came to a close with pictures to create memories!

The winning team with the judges