Brain Builders international (BBI), a non-governmental organisation committed to fostering quality and balanced education in Nigeria, has organised its annual Teens Speak Out event.


The event’s fifth edition was held on Wednesday at Ataoja Government High School’s Hall, Osogbo. It had students from thirty-two schools, from various local governments in Osun State, creatively baring their mind on various national issues bordering on the theme: ‘Should Federal Government Break the Age Barrier in NYSC Act?’


It featured both debate and essay competitions, with each of the schools allowed to register two students, one for each category. Six students out of thirty-two proceeded to the next stage in the debate section: Ajibade Oluwadamilola from Roseful Int’l College, Opatola Mujeebah from Islamic College, Ibrahim Emmanuel from Erin Community High School, Sharafadeen Ibrahim from Al-Azeez Prudent Academy, Ibrahim Sa’adudeen from Almansoor Model College, and Olagoke Samuel from Fountain College.
Ajibade, Opatola and Ibrahim were eventually announced as the grand prize, second place and third place winners respectively. On the panel of jury were Muideen A.A; Sodeeq Abdulrasaq; Zainab Sanni, Curator of Ajuwaya Echoes and On-Air Personality; and Oluwatoyin Adeyemi; Host of Fantastic Females programme on Okin FM.


The essay entries were graded by Oladele Daud (CEO, IBBDs), Ganiyu Saheed Isola (CEO, Arts Digest Educational Consult), Oladepo Sunday O. Jatts (CEO, Jatts Integrated Global Consult), Akintola Ismail Kolade and Lateef Ismaheel. The top prize for the writing competition was bagged by Bolanle Zainab from Islamic College with an aggregate of 60.6%, Ibrahim Mojola from Ilobu High School emerged the first runner-up with 60%, and Awe Akinjide from Academy of Success the second runner-up with 58.2%.
Olasupo Abideen, BBI Chief Executive Officer, expressed his appreciation to all the schools that took part in the competition and presented all participating students with certificates. He also vowed to remain steadfast in his quest to facilitate national development through youth empowerment.
“We have always been pushing for increased funding in the education sector and we have at different times trained teachers on 21st century effective learning methodology and teaching skills,” he added, while highlighting the various achievements of the NGO.
“We have remained determined in organised this programme year in year out because we recognise its value in contributing to the realisation of goal four of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”


Dayo Nigeria also engaged the students to motivate them towards becoming better individuals who will be assets to themselves and the world. According to him, self-development is the key that unlocks all opportunities. He also gave students and teachers present hints on becoming better debaters who can compete on any stage worldwide.
The Teens Speak Out programme made its debut in 2014 and has been organised yearly ever since. The 2017 edition featured thirty-six public and private secondary schools in Osun state, and focused on the theme, “Let Teens Contribute to National Development.”

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