UNIVERSITY OF GHANA SECOND IN NATIONAL DEBATE
The University of Ghana Debate Society claimed second position at the just ended 4th edition of the Ghana Universities Debate Championship held at University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani. A total number of ten tertiary institutions across the country participated in the 4th edition. They are; University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Cape Coast, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, University of Development Studies, Islamic University, All Nations University, University of Energy and Natural Resources, University of Health and Allied Sciences, and Zenith University College.
History of Ghana Universities Debate Association (GUDA)
The decision to form GUDA was first mooted by University of Ghana (UG) in 2014 after noting the absence of a national debate association representing the interest of all Universities in Ghana. The initiative was accepted by other universities in Ghana who contributed immensely to the formation of GUDA with the maiden competition hosted by UG.
The competition brings together speakers from Universities across the country, to engage in intellectual discourse via debate and public speaking, covering a variety of topical issues in our society. The competition uses the British Parliamentary form of debating. The British Parliamentary Debate consists of four teams arguing two different sides of a motion. Two of those teams are assigned to represent the Opening and Closing Government and the other to represent the Opening and Closing Opposition. The motion is announced 15 minutes before the debate begins.
Team UG’s Performance
Team UG improved on the fourth position chalked in last year’s event moving two places up to second place. Prince Asamoah and Ziyaad Ibn Shiraaz as Team Aflao, qualified to the grand finale of the tournament and competed against three other teams (from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology) as a Closing Government side, speaking on a motion centered on granting voting rights to civil society organizations like African Heights and Imani Ghana.
In a five-four split decision from the final adjudicating panel, Team Aflao from UG placed second in the final round of competition, against their Opening Government side.
UG Wins Public Speaking
Five UG speakers also progressed to the final stage of public speaking namely, Kelvin Ankomah, Jude Kwegyir-Aggrey, Prince Asamoah, Shevonna Ansah and Safo Kwame Oheneba, while Samuel Assamoah qualified to the judging panel for the category. Prince Asamoah’s oratory skills earned him the winner and two other UG students in the best five speakers in this contest.
Antonio Edem Asinyo, Coach of the team was pleased of his team’s performance and believes this will serve as an impetus in the near future.
“I am really proud of Team UG’s performance at this tournament. All the teams excelled in the various categories and we will continue to build on what we have achieved thus far.”
Below is the list of the awards and achievements that the team chalked at the tournament:
- Prince Asamoah – Best Speaker of the Tournament
- Ziyaad Ibn Shiraaz – 9th Best Speaker
- Shevonnah Sophie Ansah – Best New Adjudicator
- Shevonnah Sophie Ansah – 2nd Best Adjudicator
- Lawrence Nii Kotey Neequaye – 4th Best Adjudicator
Public Speaking Category
- Prince Asamoah – Best Speaker
- Jude Kwegyir Aggrey – 3rd Best Speaker
- Sarfo Kwame Oheneba – 5th Best Speaker
- Samuel Assamoah – 3rd Best Judge
University of Ghana Debate Society Adjudged Best Club
The University of Ghana Debate Society has been crowned the best club for the 2016/2017 academic year at the Excellence Awards organised by the University of Ghana Student Representative Council.
The President of the Society, Lawrence Nii Kotey Neequaye was enthused about the award and gave credit to his predecessors for the hard work they exhibited in the past which is currently yielding fruits though they lost out on the award three consecutive years.
“Over the years, the Debate Society has tried its best and has successfully created various platforms of intellectual discourse and enlighten for students of this University and beyond. This award shows the commitment that members of the society and our predecessors have put in to achieve this feat.”
He promised the Society will work hard in the ensuing academic year with the support of the Sports Directorate to build the capacity of its members, impact the society and win laurels for the University.
This award gives prominence to the club’s excellent performances in competitions and events organised under the academic year of review. Some of these events included the University of Ghana Vice-Chancellor Debate Championship (flagship competition of the club), The Legon Union, Independence Day Debate, PRO-AM Debate Championships and participating in the World Universities Debate Championship moving from 269 in Malaysia 2015 to 214 at The Hague this year.