Team Anambra yesterday emerged winners of the Inter Basic Debate Competition, beating contestants from the other 35 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory.
The Debating Competition which took place in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital was organised as part of the activities marking Nigeria’s 55th Independence Anniversary.
The performance of Team Anambra came on the heels of the emergence, on Monday this week, of Mrs Rose Nkemdilim Obi, a teacher at Federal Government Girls College, Onitsha as the Best Teacher in Nigeria in the keenly contested Multina Teacher of the Year Awards organized by Nigerian Breweries Plc in association with the Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund.
Mrs Obi who teaches Mathematics was adjudged the nation’s Best Teacher, after edging out contestants from 19 states of the federation who had emerged as champions of their various states.
Mrs. Obi teaches in a federal government college and so her exploits may not necessarily have anything to do with the state government’s efforts, but it fits into the general trend of Anambra’s consistent showing among the top three performing states in education related initiatives, competitions and examinations.
Team Anambra also emerged tops in last year’s debate competition and the debate team of last year and this year were all drawn from public schools in the state.
Candidates from Anambra have also come tops in WAEC and NECO examinations in Nigeria in the last three successive years.