Good morning y’all. I am very much excited to announce my very FIRST FAILED DEBATE, Yes you read that right, your eyes are perfectly okay honey🙃.
Now Grab Your Seat And Popcorn🍿
📍 it’s story time!!!!!!
You might wonder why I said my FIRST FAILED DEBATE, that’s because I have never recorded a failure in debate, I mean NEVER!!! Out of the numerous times I had to debate growing up.
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I have friends from secondary school days and beyond on this platform that can attest to that, I have been on different stage for debate at Abuja, Nasarawa and even Anambra precisely but not one time did I know what failure feels like.
I participated in the UNIZIK PROJECT 4 Spelling Bee, Debate, essay writing and quiz competition, someone said I ought to be writing but then I chose Debate.
Firstly, I woke up that day to a rescheduled time for the competition, a competition of 4pm was moved to 10am with poor distribution of information.
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Out of sixty participants, I was number fifty or thereabout. As unprepared as I was, I rushed to the venue and luckily I arrived at the exact time. Everything seemed beautiful and tensed though, I wouldn’t lie.
Now getting to three persons before me, the judge said she was in a hurry and slashed the time from three minutes to two minutes for the contestants left, Ahhhhhhh!!!😰😰😰
She was like go straight to your point, no introduction or explanation of any key words what so ever, I couldn’t blame her though she was already bored and tired🤦.
What disorganized me the more was “CHANGE YOUR POINTS OR YOU ARE ALREADY LOSING, because she had heard all the points repeatedly.” By the way how does anyone starts doing that by that time😳 ?
Moreover, these are university students and lots of people made their research as well as I did, I had my points well organized and even if someone said the same thing as me, I could probably project mine in a unique style and earn a plus one.
Not withstanding the intimidating courage of the law student that were already into the system or the English students that came with their British accent and grammatical jargon😣😣
Instantly tension came, my confidence began to sink, I adjusted my points and that alone scattered everything. So, when I began to speak, I can’t tell how my points got tangled in my throat.
The eye contact was poor initially until I said something I can’t remember and the crowd started cheering me, the claps and numbers of feet I saw standing restored my confidence. I spoke with POWER, I of course passed a message; but deep down, I knew I didn’t speak to WIN.
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Though this debate recorded my first failure, but it is one of the smallest stage I have been on. Though this debate recorded my first failure but it’s not near my most difficult or challenging debate so far.
Someone told me, Deem you are not suppose to celebrate failure. What the heck😁😁, I told her, “Isn’t it failure that builds you up to success?”
Every success I have counted is rooted from the numerous failure you didn’t hear. Now, it’s all for the experience darling.
SO WE MEUVEEE😋😋
This guest post is from Dimchukwudi Onyinyechi Mirian, popularly addressed as Deem, a 300 level agricultural student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University. An online entrepreneur, a creative writer, content creator and a unique poet. Most importantly, she is a very happy and fun-filled fellow. You can reach out to her on Facebook and on Instagram at Deem Onyinyechi