The grand finale of Triple Fun Club 2011 Literary, Oratory, and Leadership Week came to a close recently at the Atlantic Hall, Hotel Presidential in River State
With the theme’ Ambassadors for Excellence’, the workshop’s aim was to teach children effective communication (oral and written) and leadership skills, and as a way of drawing attention to children’s innate skills and the need to harness them for overall development.
The colourful ceremony saw children performing many categories while also showing class in presentation and comportment. They were also amply rewarded with many mouth-watering gifts.
In her address, Guest Speaker and Chief Executive Officer, African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, stressed the need for children and teenagers to enjoy their childhood and never be in a hurry to become adults since adulthood would naturally happen.
She also tasked children and teenagers to spend more time developing values that would work for them as against those that would hamper their prospects as future leaders to justify their parents’ investment in them.
Event chairman, Mr. Analiefo Nzegwu, spoke on the need for all and sundry to support the laudable initiative of Mr. Chidi Ononye (founder and CEO, Triple Fun Club) through the activities of the club. Nzegwu expressed confidence in the ability of the club to achieve its aims and objectives. He called on organiations to exercise their corporate social responsibility towards harnessing the opportunities the club provided children and teenagers so they could benefit from the club’s literacy, oratory, and leadership programmes.
Also, Chief Executive Officer, Optima Healthcare, Lagos, Dr. Femi Olaleye, spoke on the ‘Ten Things Teenagers Want Their Parents To Know.’ He elaborated on the need for parents to spend quality time to bond with their children, saying such bond provided moral and psychological support for children’s growth.
On her part, a specialist on reproductive health, Dr. Anne Enyi, encouraged participants not to allow their shortcomings hinder their goals and dreams in life, saying the only obstacles to their dreams was themselves.
Founder, Abuja Writers’ Forum and communications expert, Dr. Emman Shehu, who took the secondary school category on speech writing, said the aim was to show the children how to choose topic, develop it and build their presentations around it.
Chief Host, Chief (Mrs.) Victoria Diete-Spiff, who was represented by the head teacher, Bereton Montessori Primary School, Mrs. Esther Oguamanam, commended the club and the values it represented. She stressed the need for literacy development, advising that it should be made an integral part of children’s development, especially since every other pursuit was founded on the ability to read, write, and comprehend.
For Public Speaking Senior Secondary Category, Chiamaka Nwachukwu came first while first runner-up was Sorbari Lahben; second and third runners-up were Ekemini Udom and Gift Ahaneku. For Spelling Bee Senior Secondary Category, Chiamaka Nwachukwu won, and first and second runners-up were Chinelo Meniru and Sorbari Lahben.
For Speech Writing Senior Secondary Category, Chinelo Meniru won, and first and second runners-up were Favour Nyoyoko and Chiamaka Nwachukwu. For Public Speaking Junior Secondary Category, Ejiro Emuobo-Eje won, and first and second runners-up were David Udioko and Solomon Akuro. For Spelling Bee Junior Secondary Category, Onyekachi Meniru won, and first and second runners-up were Tochukwu Nwachukwu and Jesse Jehu.