The Eloquence Club has held its monthly meeting for the month of April, 2019.
The club which is owned by the School of eloquence, a school for specifically training people on public speaking, holds its meeting every month and all alumni of the school come together, to practice and perfect the art and skill of public speaking as well as also get feedback from other members, so as to know the areas that needs to be brushed up or receive commendation.
It is the coming together as a community no matter how small to network, communicate and also ensure that everything learnt in the School of Eloquence monthly master class is being put into practice.
At the meeting, four of the alumni were given topics to talk about. They include Aisha Askira, Denis Isong, Mr Kolawole Aseph and Mrs Magdalene Omole.
Speaking at the event, Aisha Askira, a librarian with NIMASA and an alumna of the school, made a presentation on the power of knowledge, where she stated that the only gift one can give himself or herself is the ability to seek for knowledge as knowledge is acquired by learning, discovering who we are and also self-opportunities. “We learn to create awareness on what the world is going through so as to know how to adapt. We learn, unlearn and relearn in other to acquire knowledge”, Aisha added.
Denis Isong, a real estate personnel and an alumnus of the school, made his presentation and enlightened other members on the dangers of buying a property close to a refinery, telling everyone clearly to know the landmark close to the property before making payments as those properties close to refineries do not appreciate as propagated.
Mr Kolawole Aseph, a politician, accountant and an alumnus of the school said in his presentation that, “As a politician, you are more or less a servant and not a leader because you serve the people and give them what they want by attending to their needs as a society thereby making the society a better place for all”. He added that people see politics and politicians as a dirty game and dirty people respectively because of the wrong things people do. “We all cannot actually be politicians but if you have the mind and good plans for the people, I urge you to come out and let’s move our nation forward”, Kolawole added.
He further described politics as a situation whereby individuals take up the responsibility of mapping out a plan to attend to the need of members of the society and not a dirty game adding that only a few number of people who are politicians that do dirty things thereby making politics and politicians in general dirty and everyone could be a detergent that turns situation of things from bad to good, thereby preventing mediocres from ruling us.
The presentation on the power of education by an educator and alumna of the school, Mrs Magdalene Omole wasn’t left out. Omole advocated that education remains the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world as it creates knowledge, bridges the gap of inequality and eliminates the gender gap. “Education makes you powerful, gives you the ability to give influence and brings you to the limelight because it wields so much power and influence. Hence, no child should be denied education so that they can change their own life, that of the people around them and the world in general”, Omole said.
The Dean of the School of Eloquence, Ubong Essien, who is also West Africa’s only Certified Speaking Professional, gave comments on the performance of each presenter, to enable them work on their flaws, as well as brush them up in order for them to be better speakers, emphasizing on the importance of having a game plan and sticking to it as the opening of the speech remains what will determine if the audience will remain glued to the speaker till the end of the presentation or just get distracted somewhere along the line.
Other members stated their expectations before they attended the School of Eloquence compared to their experience after attending the school, all of which were positive without exception and also saw the club as a platform to consistently practice public speaking. Four new speakers from the alumni group were selected to present at the next Eloquence Club Learning event for May. The School of Eloquence commences Induction Ceremony of their Club Members in June 2019.
The Dean, Ubong Essien, making his remarks
Mrs Omole making her presentation on Education
Mr Kolawole addressing his political disposition
Hajia Askira Aisha giving her speech on the power of knowledge
Mr Dennis Isong makes his presentation
Eloquence Club Members