Full-time MBA 17 student, Oluwatosin Yadeka has emerged winner of the debut edition of the Lagos Business School Mini-Keynote Competition held at the Honeywell Auditorium on October 26, 2019.
The mini-keynote competition is a newly introduced, innovative activity that allows students on the LBS Full-Time MBA, Executive MBA and Modular Executive MBA programmes to improve on their knowledge of effective public speaking and learn best practices to hone their public speaking skills.
Out of nine competing speakers, Yadeka landed the top prize of N250,000 with a presentation on How Nigerian Professionals Can Thrive in the Age of Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI). She opened her speech with a brief talk on the birth of Artificial Intelligence during World War I, how machines were designed to think and how Nigerian business professionals and executives can take advantage of AI for effective problem-solving.
The speakers were judged by a panel of communication experts including Lagos Business School Communications Coach, Lucille Ossai; Communications facilitator, Atinuke Adelakun; MD/CEO, TVC Communications, Andrew Hanlon among others.
Speaking on the benefits of the competition, Ossai said, “The mini-keynote competition will position LBS as a leader in communication support programmes since no other business school in Africa has launched a similar initiative. Specifically, LBS will be the only business school among its sister schools and its African competitors to launch this innovative programme.”
The first and second runners-up walked away with cash prizes of N150,000 and N100,000 respectively. The competition which was sponsored by the LBS chapter of academic honour society, Beta Gamma Sigma, will be held annually.