Rhealyz Africa I Speak; I Advocate Speech Competition Report

A speech Competition on Radio for Secondary School Girls within Ondo State

The speech competition tagged “I Speak I Advocate” was organized for secondary school girls within Ondo State. It was organized to give girls a platform to express themselves and also advocate for the rights of other girls around them.

The competition started with an audition of seventy (70) girls from different schools within the state. Twelve girls (12) were selected from the seventy (70) girls to participate in the competition.

Audition for some of the Girls at Fiwasaye Girls’ Grammar School Akure

The first round of the competition was held for two weeks with the selected girls divided into two (2) groups so it can be more flexible for them to present on the radio. During the first round, we had Onunweze Ezinne, Ugo Mesoma, Izelu Chisom, Orojo Funmilayo, Olamigoke Miracle, and Adejumo Favor who spoke on “The culture of silence and the girl-child (causes)”.

During the second round, we had Akinriboya Deborah, Afolabi Emiola, Ogunrayi Olatomiwa, Obi Favor, Akeju Promise, Akiniranye Ruth who spoke on “The culture of silence and the girl-child (solution)”.

All the girls who participated in the completion were given menstrual pads and golden morn courtesy of Nestle Nigeria and one of our partners.

During the semi-finals, six of the twelve girls, namely Onunweze Ezinne, Adejumo Favor, Akinriboya Deborah, Afolabi Emiola, Ogunrayi Olatomiwa, and Akeju Promise spoke on “the effects of sexual harassment on the education of the girl-child”. It was educating and suspense-filled as the girls spoke passionately about the issue of sexual harassment and how it affects the education of the girl-child.

The finals had Onunweze Ezinne, Adejumo Favor, Akinriboya Deborah, and Ogunrayi Olatomiwa challenge the practice of Female Genital Mutilation in our communities and the reasons why the practice must stop. Adejumo Favor from St Dominics High school came fourth and she was awarded gift items. Onunweze Ezinne went home with a cash prize of #10000, a gift pack. Ogunrayi Olatomiwa was second and she won for herself a cash prize of #15000 and a gift pack. In the first position, Akinriboya Deborah from St Louis Girls Grammar School won a cash prize of #20000, a gift pack, and a Homaya Solar System.

The girls were happy to be a part of the competition. According to one of them, “it is a privilege to be on radio advocating for the rights of other girls and most especially, participating in this speech competition”.

The event was a success thanks to our amazing volunteers and partners- FUTA 93.1FM, Nestle Nigeria, Jumskitchen, @1805styling, Ankara shorts, Jewels_by_neecah- Earrings, Orange Dental Specialist, YemieFash, Kemyem cakes and events, Imperio parfait, EasyYoke Films, and Pep Stores.

One of the judges, Afolasade Ipinmoroti expressed her thoughts after the event by saying “the girls showed so much passion with the assurance that they know what they want and where they are going to”.

The Director General and founder of the organization, Dr. Ireti Adesida expressed satisfaction at the end of the event. According to him, the well-being of girls is pivotal to the growth of society. This is why efforts are targeted towards ensuring that girls are given the platform and voice they need to challenge stereotypes and break gender norms in society.

While the executive Director, Damilola Oluwadahun spoke about the plans that the organization has for the girls in the future. The girls were then selected to become ambassadors of Rhealyz Africa and were co-opted to become a part of our media team. They will take part in some of our media projects as anchors and guests. They will be trained further to improve their communication skills as a whole.

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