Special Reports

AiS Presents Chief Richard Lamai Speaking Competition Winners

Authors-in-School Creative Club, organisers of the Annual Chief Richard Lamai Prize for Public Speaking Competition, announced winners of its 2021 edition at its headline event held at BHS South-Ibie, Edo State, on the 29th and 30th December 2021.

According to the organisers, none of the entries met the 70% qualifying score set for the 1st Prize. The winning entries were submitted by Joshua Idogho (66.8%), Judith Omoalu (1st Runner-Up, 65.8%), and Cos-lewisa Osigbemhe (2nd Runner-Up, 64.6%). Other participants who were successful in the course of the auditioning and evaluation process will be given various consolation prizes.

The Chief Richard Lamai Prize for Public Speaking Competition was moderated by Osaretin Osadebamwen (Vice Chairman NUJ-FCT) and judged by Emmanuel Ogbeche (Chairman NUJ-FCT) and Arit Effanga (WE FM Station, Abuja).

The theme for the 2021 edition is “Becoming a Professional in Your Field”. The Competition which was open to all Nigerians between the ages of 13 and 21, established 20 equally weighted criteria upon which each entry was assessed.  Each participant discussed the theme and career choices in a self recorded six minute video presentation which was submitted as entry for the competition.

Authors-in-School Creative Club Co-founder, Ambassador Lois Otse Adams, noted that the number of entries shows an impressive enthusiasm and dedication on the part of young people.

According to the Co-founder, “the Prize initiative was inspired and endowed by Chief Richard Lamai to build the confidence and capacity of secondary school students and young people in critical thinking, articulation, oration, presentation and advocacy skills. This is why the evaluation criteria include originality, content, accuracy, brevity, audience control and passion among others”.

Chief Richard Lamai, an accomplished businessman, philanthropist, industrious leader and recipient of several merit awards is the Gbukpegbu Onalo of Avianwu Kingdom in Edo State, Nigeria.