2024 National Intercollegiate Public Speaking Contest

Organized by

Foundation for Leadership & Education Development


The 2024 National Inter-Collegiate Public Speaking Contest is about to kick off. It’s another season for students to compete and to win fabulous prizes. 

The contest has been organized by Foundation for Leadership & Education Development, since 2005.

The contest seeks to promote the art of constructive public speaking among youths who are future leaders, as well as build their confidence and expand their knowledge on current national and global development issues.

Category A:  Undergraduate Students

Category B: Senior Secondary School Students.

Participation Guideline

Participating students are to observe the following guidelines:

  1. Select topics from the list attached. Topics may also be re-framed or rewarded.
  2. Please read up on everything they can on their topics. You are permitted to receive assistance to prepare. Topics are to be treated from any point of view, including a problem requiring a solution, an issue deserving public knowledge; etc.
  3. Each speaker will speak for five (5) minutes with three (3) minutes to respond to questions.
  4. A typed speech must be submitted to the organizers on or before the start of the contest. Submit speech with name and contact details to email:events@fledgroup.org.ng

Grading Criteria

  1. Students will be scored on a 10-point grading:
  2. Eloquence, Coherence of Speech, Composure, Body Language, Depth of research, Voice Carriage, Elocution, Delivery Style and Timeliness. Students are not to memorize their speech.
  3. Ultimately, the three highest scores will emerge as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, in each category. 



Ist Prize – N200, 000

2nd Prize – N150, 000

3rd Prize – N100, 000

There will be N20,000 consolatory prizes for each of the next best five students.

Secondary School Students:

Ist Prize – N100, 000

2nd Prize – N70, 000

3rd Prize – N50, 000

There will be N10,000 consolatory prizes for each of the next best five students.

All participating students will receive a high-quality certificate of participation.

All participants will be enrolled in the Fled Mentoring Program.

Sample Topics 

  1. Youth Participation in Politics and the Changing Democratic Culture in Nigeria.
  2. The Role of Youths in Maximizing Nigeria’s Leadership Position in Africa
  3. Impact of Political Corruption on Nigeria’s Democratic Stability
  4. Freedom of Expression and Individual Responsibility in a Democracy
  5. The Challenge of Ethnicity & Religion on National Integration.
  6. Youth Entrepreneurship and Panacea for Youth Restiveness
  7. Trafficking and the New Face of Slavery.
  8. Women’s Participation in Politics and Nigeria’s Political Culture 
  9. The Impact of Family Breakdown on Social Development 
  10. Challenges of Democratic Governance in Nigeria.
  11. Nepotism and National Values.
  12. Religious Tolerance and Religious Fundamentalism.
  13. Fundamental Human Rights and Civic Responsibility.
  14. Leadership Crises in Nigeria and its impact on national development.
  15. The Impact of Youth Volunteerism on National Development.


Undergraduate Students: – August 22- 30, 2024

Closing Date: August 5

Senior Secondary Students: October 21- 31, 2024

Closing Date: October 13

Participation fee

Undergraduate Students – N10, 000/$20

Secondary School Students – N5,000/$10

Pre-contest Online Training

There will be a 3-day online training on The Art of Public Speaking for all registered Students in the two categories on the dates listed below. The training is free. Only those who attend the training will be admitted to participate in the contest. 

 Undergraduate Student: August 8-10, 2024

Secondary School Students: 10-12, 2004

Registration Guide

You will need your debit card (Master card, etc) to register for the competition. 

Click here to pay and Register

In case you don’t have debit card, you can make direct payment into

Foundation for Leadership & Education Development 

Naira: 2242038028

$: 2243061852


Send proof of payment on whatsapp to: +234-708 015 7176

For Sponsorship opportunities, contact us:

Mrs. Blessing Anyanwu

Communications Officer

Foundation for Leadership & Education Development

Plot MF 57, Cadastral Zone

Karu Site, Abuja

Tel: +234-8169918889

WhatsApp: +234-708 015 7176

Email: events@fledgroup.org.ng

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