by Chinini Anoforo
next Weeks of intense discussions on national social, economic and political issues, Tanvita Kaushik, a 13-year-old student at Avi-Cenna International School has emerged as the overall winner in the first edition of Nigeria Info’s ‘I Beg To Different’ student debate competition.
The competition, which began in November 2021, had hundreds of high school students across Lagos State aged between 13 and 17 years old.
This is in an effort to celebrate Nigeria Info’s 10th anniversary, while creating a platform designed to develop the psychological capacities of young Nigerians for intellectually stimulating discussions on the complex issues that address national development.
The grand finale of the debate competition, which was broadcast live on Nigeria Info’s Hard Facts Show, defeated Tanvita Emmanuella Nnadi of Vicmob High School, Lagos State, After discussing two socially and economically related topics centered around the ban on commercial motorcycle operations across Lagos state and the battle for control of Value Added Tax (VAT) between state and federal governments.
Commenting on the successful conclusion of the competition, Serge Njeim, CEO of Cool FM, Nigeria Info and Wazobia FM, congratulated the finalists for their courage in passing the various discussion rounds.
“I really want to use this medium to congratulate all the contenders who took part in the debate. I honestly believe everyone is a winner in this contest because one great way to raise the bright minds of a country is by providing access to the right platform that builds the confidence needed to address issues of national concern I am fully confident that the experiences gained from the Student Debate Championship “Begin to differ” will be cherished by all as it will benefit you well in the near future.
Tanvita Kaushik expressed her gratitude to everyone who helped her achieve this feat, after sharing her excitement after winning the first edition of the competition.
“I am so grateful to everyone who helped me, especially my family, my teacher and my school. I am confident that I would not have done all this myself without their support.”
Tanvita took home a cash prize of 1 million naira, a desktop computer, an HP printer and a Blue-gate UPS, while the first runner-up, Emmanuella Nnadi of Vicmob High School, took home 250,000 naira and a Nintendo Switch. The second winner, Uchechukwu Golden from Saint Saviors High School, also took home 100,000 naira, a JBL bluetooth speaker and smartwatch from Porodo, while the third winner Emmanuel Busari from Ifako International School received 50,000 naira.
The Student Debate Tournament ‘Begin to Differ’ is one of several Nigeria Info initiatives that seek to develop the intellectual capabilities of Nigerian students through healthy debate competitions.