By: Adebayo Abdulrahman
Representatives of the Faculty of the Social Sciences defeated their counterparts from the Faculty of Technology in the maiden edition of Cold War, a public-speaking competition between the two faculties, on Friday, 13 August, 2021.
The competition, which took place at the Faculty of Social Sciences Large Lecture Theatre, saw the two teams debate on the topic: “Social Media Regulation by the Nigerian Government: A Threat to Freedom?” The Faculty of Technology, represented by Egbeyemi Bowofoluwa and Oguntade Ayooluwa, spoke in support of the topic, while the Faculty of the Social Sciences, represented by Adekanmbi Mowafoluwa and Ayomide Fagbamila, spoke against it.
At the end of the debate, the Faculty of the Social Sciences emerged victorious, with an aggregate score of 80.83 points, while the Faculty of Technology had an aggregate score of 52 points.
In their respective remarks, the three judges, Ayeni Otito-Jesu, Chidera Anushiem and Tolulope Salami, commended the speakers for their performance. They however urged them to, in future competitions, try as much as possible to expand the scope of the topic and offer new perspectives to the discussion.
Meanwhile, the Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr. Stephen Lafenwa, in his address, said the points and performance of the speakers, whom he described as future leaders of the country, were an indication that the country’s future looks great.
He also commended the Literary and Debating Society of the faculty for organizing the competition, noting that discussions on issues of national importance must continue to be held.
Speaking with this reporter after the competition, Faculty of the Social Sciences Student Association Literary and Debating Society President, Oreoluwa Samuel, noted that the victory of the faculty at the competition is an indication that they are ready to give their quest to win Jaw War their very best.
“Our message is simple; we are determined people who will not give up. We want to keep winning until winning becomes our culture. We also hope to give our very best at Jaw War,” the President said.
He added that the Cold War competition was organized to contribute to the ongoing public discourse on whether social media should be regulated by the Nigerian Government or not.