SPEAK THE WORD
As one of the major activities conditioned to further the objectives of LitCaf (a place of books, discussions and entertainment), we present the workplan for a speech contest, SPEAK THE WORD, organized in collaboration with Society for Young Nigerian Writers. The contest, which is to be broadcast though Silverbird Television and streamed through the internet, is to span 11 weeks.
Representatives from the states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory are to participate in a maximum of four stages. In the first stage, contestants are to choose four (in order of preference) from topics listed below (See I). Winning contestants are to proceed to Stage two, which features another round of speechmaking. Final stages are to include the making of video documentaries with the theme of finalists’ choice topics.
I. Topics to choose from
GRAND TITLE: THE GREATNESS OF OUR NATION
i. Hope or our nation
ii. Why o nations fail?
iii. When is a nation?
iv. When is a nation said to have failed?
v. Between a nation in itself and a nation for itself
vi. Equality of destiny and a place or all; the reset button at the turnoff each generation
vii. State of Africa
viii. The nature of Liberty
ix. Is feminism a race ahead of time?
x. Is ours Capitalism or Economic Cannibalism?
xi. Between loyalty and a culture of excellence; the promotion o mediocrity around here.
xii. Why are we thus tossed about? Is Africa disfavored by nature?
xiii. The commonwealth of dreams and the needed pillars of support in Africa
xiv. Sexual despots; modern prostitution in corporate brothels
xv. Pains and agony of struggling parents: Is tertiary education still a viable investment in this clime?
xvi. Of lacksture performance and Olympic embarrassment; what ails the Nigerian sport sector
xvii. The sublime fuetry of life; Dreamy aspirations and the harsh prose of economic realities
xviii. Of stupid songs and lyrical imbecilities; the dark heart and spirit of this generation
xix. Pains or perspectives; what has Nigeria’s past got to offer us?
xx. Tender thoughts and affections: the family blocks as panacea or a right society
xxi. A bond that knows no boundary; links of affection across the class divides.
xxii. Of PhD truck rivers and graduate cart pushers
xxiii. When will Africa define its world?
xxiv. The Sino-African relationship; how to predict the future
II. Times table for Contest
Week 1- A. Osun vs. Niger
B. Ogun vs. Anambra
Week 2- C. Edo vs. Abia
D. Plateau vs. Cross Rivers
Week 3- E. Lagos vs. Enugu
F. Delta vs. Kano
Week 4- G. Rivers vs. Kaduna
H. Kwara vs. Akwa Ibom
Week 5- I. Oyo vs. FCT Abuja
J. Benue vs. Imo
Week 6- K. Ebonyi vs. Kogi
L. Ondo vs. Borno
Week 7- M. A vs. C
N. B vs. D
Week 8- O. E vs. G
P. F vs. H
Week 9- Q. I vs. K
R. J vs. L
Week 10- X. M vs. N
T. O vs. P
Week 11- U. Q vs. R
Week 11- V. X vs. T vs. U
REGULATIONS OF CONTEST
1. Contestants are advised to appear at least two hours before each contest to allow for rehearsals
2. Contestants are encouraged to develop a fan base in their respective states as to increase their chances of winning
3. Contestants coming from considerable distance to participate are to present evidence of travelling expenses for the purpose of reimbursement and to have accommodation arranged
4. Contestants are not permitted to slander or make unverifiable allegations in course of their speechmaking.
5. Contestants are to display the spirit of sportsmanship at the end of each contest
6. Contestants are enjoined to research their presentations as they might be asked to substantiate their claims or make references to back it up.
7. Contestants have the right to fault each other’s oratory architecture/prowess at a specific juncture called “point of convergence”
8. Voting shall take place via telecommunication lines, i.e special SMS codes.
9. Contestants shall have the right to request for transcripts showing results of votes. The right to do so shall expire after 2 weeks of each contest.
10. Voting shall commence at the start of each contest and will last for the 48 hours. Results shall be announced on LitCaf website.
11. Contestants are advised to prepare speeches having human angle (specific stories with pseudonyms or real names and places). Astounding statistics, facts and good illustrations are the things the public look forward to.
HOW TO ENTER FOR CONTEST
1. Representatives of Society for Young Nigerian Writers across the federation are the only people entrusted with the nomination of contestants as state representatives.
2. Nomination should be followed by the submission (soft copy) of nominee photograph and profile stating name, age, education and profession. Entries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
3. Participants will be notified by Feb. 1, 2013.
4. Questions to be directed to Wole, 08072673852 or Tope, 08166906999
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