The Institute of Certified Communicators(ICCOM), the Speechmasters Court and GrillandRead will jointly host a pan-Nigeria speaking competition, tagged the ICCOM Speechmasters National Contest, open to pupils, students and individuals.
According to a statement released by ICCOM and its affiliates, the objective of the contest is to show the practical value of communicating clearly in the English language.
“Communication is a unique ability to man,” says Chris Nkwocha, CEO of ICCOM. “And so the message from ICCOM is that clear communication can be the difference between success and failure. No matter what trade you practice, you will need to make effective presentations. The way you speak can make you win opportunities. That is why we say ‘your accent is your asset.
“We are especially targeting young Nigerians on social media. They do a lot of oral communication and selling with videos. Podcasts are also becoming a thing among those who choose public speaking. We are giving them another reason to be more intentional about how they speak. We intend to make this an annual event. This competition is our way of improving the quality of discourse in the Nigerian social media space,” Mr Nkwocha emphasised.
The competition is in senior category (Star Prize N100,000) and junior category (Star Prize N50,000).
There are also consolation prizes of Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000) and Five Thousand Naira (N5,000) for ten runners up in both categories.
The statement also adds that contestants in the junior category will address the topic, “Why your accent is your asset”, while the senior category has been left open to encourage more versatility.
In addition to the cash prizes, candidates in both categories get airtime on Diction Avenue (aired on Galaxy TV), subject to how much Facebook likes they can gather weekly. “I am particularly excited about the planned weekly showcase of talents,” says Abigail Anaba, presenter of Diction Avenue and Convener of GrillandRead. “The weekly upvotes will enable contestants to showcase their talents to the world, so they must put their best foot forward,” she added.
Interested individuals can visit iccom.ng to get entry details. Registration information will also be on the grillandread.com and speechmasters court.com. The ICCOM Speechmasters National Competition opens immediately and will run until October 20th 2019.