For the first time, IJAMBO Toastmasters organized a speech contest between club members from Rise and Talk Toastmaster club in IPRC-Kigali, Ijwi Toastmasters from UR-Nyarugenge and the host Ijambo Toastmasters from Huye Campus an event that took place on 24th March 2017.
The competition aimed at shaping young people to become potential leaders and excellent public speakers.
The winner UWAYO Yves Rene whose speech was entitled; “The United States of Africa” took the day with his remarkable account of how Africans should work together for the betterment of the continent.
The third best performer, KARARA Jackson whose speech focused on people’s zeal to bring a change in the world, was titled “why, why?”. In his speech he urged to never complain about what happens in one’s life but to look beyond into finding solutions.
Jean Paul Iranzi, President of Ijambo Toastmasters which orginised the speech contest advises people to join Toastmasters to master public speaking skills.
He said;”I had a poor me attitude until toastmasters motivated me through their wonderful evaluation. Public speaking is my new hobby now. ”
Ijambo Toastmasters meet every Wednesday and Saturday in KOICA offices room 224 from 8 to 10PM.
Closing the event the University of Rwanda, Professor Philip Cotton thanked the clubs for their commitment towards fostering good communications skills among university students and urged more students to join the club.
Ijambo Toastmasters club is sole Toastmasters club situated in the UR-Huye campus but is part of the global network of clubs that make Toastmasters International.
Toastmasters in Rwanda was introduced by the first lady’s Imbuto Foundation to empower young Rwandans to gain public speaking skills and building their confidence to reach their full potential.
- Prof Philip Cotton UR ,Vice Chancellor at the University of Rwanda posing for a photo with contestants.