Interviewee – Kelvin Williams

Interviewer – Lois Samari

In case you don’t know about LAWSAN’s open mic spoken word battle, click here to check out our post on it.

We talked Latin maxims and first time with Kelvin Williams, Bingham university’s candidate for the spoken word battle. He shares a lot of interesting facts about his journey since the competition started and how he’s managing it all with short time gaps for preparations.

Private Campus – So firstly, how did your department get to hear about this competition?

Kelvin – About the Open mic/ Spoken Words competition, I first received the news from the President of the Department, Jibrin Malex as he once put it up on his status.

Now how he got to hear about the competition. He has the numbers of other LAWSAN executives of other universities across Nigeria and he got informed by one of them; cannot say who to be very precise and he relayed it to us and also put it up on his Whatsapp status for those who didn’t see it the first time. That’s how my department got to hear of it.

PC – Oh that’s great. It’s really nice that there’s communication and support between the department and other chapters of the association.

K – It really is indeed as it creates a really strong tie and bond between the department and other chapters of the association

PC – Now I’m sure there’s a pool is capable candidates from the faculty (I mean you’re evidence) so what does it feel like being chosen to represent the whole faculty?

K -Honestly, it’s a very great feeling. When I first had to represent the faculty I was really anxious and at the same time scared.

Of course, there’s a great pool of capable candidates in the Faculty so me being able to stand for or represent my faculty in this is really superb.

PC – So I’ve watched the entries you’ve made so far and I’ll tell you they’ve been nothing short of brilliant.

K -We give all the Glory to God.

PC – Now you mentioned, and I’m paraphrasing, that you reached out to your association president when you saw the ad. So, is spoken word something you’ve done before now or is this a first for you?

K – No, spoken words isn’t something I’ve ever done before.

In fact, to be very clear; this is my very first time doing spoken word.

PC – Oh wow. You’re killing it for a first timer.

K – All Glory to God honestly. You know it’s not like writing an essay or giving a speech or something

PC – That’s true. There’s a lot more emotion felt from spoken word. And honestly, you’re doing it justice.

K -Exactly. Emotions that’s I’m trying my very best to bring out. Glory to God and thank you

PC – You’re welcome.

Well is this something you’d like to do again?

K – Definitely

Although the tension and work load that comes with it is very cumbersome. Serious research has to be made and a lot more.

PC – I can imagine. especially considering the duration of the whole competition. It’s quite short.

But how has this whole thing pulled you out of your comfort zone and what have you gained so far from it?

K – Honestly the duration is really short but we thank God.

It really pulled me out of my comfort zone in the sense that I had to really watch a lot about spoken words, do a lot of research, ask a lot of persons for help also. Those either skilled in the act or those I know are good thinkers so they could help out.

Also bringing up the fact that it’s during this period of Corona where we have a lot of online lectures and tests going on so I have to shuffle a lot between reading and researching but I’ve really gained a lot from it as my knowledge alone has been broadened.

PC – It’s really great that you’re able to improve many aspects of your life from this. That’s part of the journey and I know you’re squeezing everything you can from this opportunity.

K – Honestly, it’s a really nice opportunity and very nice feeling. It has really helped indeed as I’ve been able to gather a lot of information about certain topics and some Latin maxims no matter how funny they sound.

I honestly do thank God as I actually see it improving many aspects of my life too. We pray it’s forward from here

PC – Amen to that. Should we expect anything like this from BHU’s law faculty any time soon?

K – I really do hope so although this isn’t in my power to decide and give you a yes or no for an answer. But I’ll communicate this with the president of the department and his executives and whatever decision they come out with; we’ll have to accept in good faith.

But I really do hope we get to have this at the faculty soon

PC – We hope something comes out of it. It’ll set a lot of things in play if it does so we’re definitely here for it.

It’s great to see such challenges actually making a positive impact no matter how little or big it might seem. Personal development and multitasking are a few of the things Kelvin will take out of this challenge as well as team work even as he said

 “It really isn’t easy anyways. Lest I forget a team was even created to help me with this as it really is stressful and they’ve been doing a good job so far. I’d like to thank them.”

Remember to check out our post on LAWSAN’s spoken word and follow their Instagram to see all the entries. @lawsan_national_tv

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