Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo
State has emerged the overall winner of the British Parliament Debate
Tournament, tagged “South West Banter”, hosted by Covenant University,
Ota, Ogun State, and held between June 11 and 15, 2019.
The Tournament, which drew participants
from the University of Ilorin, University of Lagos, University of Calabar,
Michael Okpara University, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Medical
Sciences, Ondo, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University of Ghana, Legon and the host University, Covenant University,
Ota, Ogun State, had 96 speakers in all.
At the end of the Tournament, Salim
Ibrahim and Lilian Ejila from Elizade University won the grand finale in the
main category, while in the novice category, the pair of Damilola Agbaje and
Timothy Aghasan, both 100 level students came first.
Another 100 level student of the
University, Jennifer Koko-Bokeh won an individual medal as the best novice
Reacting to the development, the
Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olukayode Amund expressed optimism that Elizade
University Debaters have a strong potential for winning the National and Pan
African University Debate Championships in the near future, and that in the
long term even the World University Debate Championship is within reach,
considering the caliber of the 16-year old debaters in their first year in the
The duo of the President and Public
Relations Officer of Elizade University Debating Society, Lilian Ejila and
Salim Ibrahim respectively, said the victory at the Tournament was a dream come
through, adding that the University Management had consistently supported the
club since inception.
“The University has demonstrated that when
you trust people with resources and allow them to explore, you get the best
results from them”, Lilian Ejila submitted.
The trophy and other medals won at the
Tournament will be presented to the Vice-Chancellor at a formal reception that
would be organized in honour of the University Ambassadors.