Rwanda won a bid to host East Africa’s biggest public speaking contest dubbed “Best of Toastmasters East Africa” (BOTEA).
Toastmasters is a public speaking organization nurturing people with skills of speaking and communication. It was introduced to Rwanda by IMBUTO Foundation in 2011, and since then, it has grown to include seven clubs, which have benefitted many Rwandans, making them better public speakers and leaders.
Tahinduka Joshua, from organizers of BOTEA explained that skill of public speaking is imperative to everyone irrespective of one’s professional field. He stated “In today’s world, we are constantly faced with or will find ourselves in situations where we will be asked to give a speech, make a presentation, or just deliver a few words. The ability to speak confidently and convincingly to an audience therefore is such a crucial skill to possess and Toastmasters proved to be the right place where public speaking and communication skills can be enhanced.”
Best of Toastmasters East Africa (BOTEA) contest is slated for 23rd and 24th June 2017 at MARRIOTT HOTEL where expected speakers from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and the hosting country Rwanda will be throwing their hats in the ring in pursuit of the winning prize. Nevertheless, BOTEA Contest is not solely speeches it carries, but as it’ll gather multitude of people from different fields of work, networking among participants is mandatory through educative panel discussion on a topic related to public speaking; the speech contest and cocktail party throughout the two days of the contest.
Toastmasters is a nonprofit International educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills.Every year, Toastmasters members in East Africa meet in to conduct East Africa’s biggest public speaking contest. History was made last year (2016) when a Rwanda Toastmaster won the prestigious award of Best of Toastmasters East Africa (BOTEA) 2016 that was hosted by Kenya.
- Prof Philip Cotton UR ,Vice Chancellor at the University of Rwanda posing for a photo with toastmasters at UR after a speech contest in March 2017.
By Fabrice Humura