On a faithful Saturday, my hostel’s literary and debating society hosted an oratory and debate event consisting of all other hostels in the university. Each representative had to speak about his hall. I present to you the winning speech.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo himself once said, “After the rain come sunshine, after the darkness comes the glorious dawn. Behind the ugly terrible mask of misfortune, lies the beautiful soothing countenance of prosperity, so feel the mask.
Today, the Obafemi Awolowo hall stands as a living representation of the words of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. The motto: struggle and progress. It is not just our motto; it’s our story because although we struggle and we go through hurdles, our progress is inevitable.
Ladies and gentlemen let me take you through Awo hall; standing tall and proud like a giant since 1986. With a carrying capacity of over 1500 according to the university’s official website: ui.edu.ng. It remains a mother hall to which most females run to succor when the blows of accommodation strike and where the males run to when the fangs of hunger bites.
Our generousity is seen from our hospitality right down to the healthy size of our rats. It is a hall of virtuous and strong women who despite their challenges still glow with pride and just like M.T.N; everywhere you go our presence you cannot forgo.
They call it rejected, we call it serene. They call it the pits of hell; we call it the hill of pearls. They call it the largest hall; we call it the greatest hall. However, like every product of greatness, the Obafemi Awolowo hall is not without its struggles. But we take solace in the words of Theodore Roosevelt, a onetime president of America. “Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”
Despite all these challenges, ladies and gentlemen, I have a dream that lack of water and electricity would no longer be our story or reality. I have a dream, that every step that I take to my room would no longer be checked by the Omni present threats of our rats. I have a dream that I would no longer have to experience the long walk to freedom everyday in an attempt to meet up with lectures just because the cabs and buses have a strange phobia for Awo hall. I have a dream that one day; our leaders would stand as the fountain from which other leaders come to draw knowledge. I have a dream that it would be everybody’s dream to be an occupant of the Obafemi Awolowo hall. I have a dream that one day; your daughter, my daughter, would sing praises of this great hall.
So I pray to God to grant us the courage to accept the things we cannot change, but to grant us the courage to fight for the change that we seek and to make Awo hall the epitome of greatness. Amen.
This speech was delivered by Anesthesia, the representative of Obafemi Awolowo hall, the University of Ibadan.