UG Debate Society To Participate In 2021 World Universities Debate Championship

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The University of Ghana Debate Society will participate in the 2021 World Universities Debate Championship (WUDC) scheduled for 7th to 14th July 2021.

The Championship which will be hosted by Debate Korea, will be the first time it will be held virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) is the largest debating and public speaking competition in the world. First time held in Glasgow in 1981, the WUDC has grown to include over 400 universities and tertiary institutions representing over 90 countries.

University of Ghana (UG) will present one Debate Team and an Adjudicator at this year’s Championship.

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The Balme Library, University Of Ghana

The team boasts of the reigning African Public Speaking Champion for 2020, Zempare Wesoamo; Elisha Owusu Akyaw who placed 3rd at the 2019 Pan African Universities Debate Championship (PAUDC) hosted by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and represented UG at the 2020 WUDC in Bangkok, Thailand; and Abdul Fattaw who also participated in the 2019 and 2020 PAUDC Championships.

The students though in levels 200 and 300, have gained good experience and exposure since joining the Debate Society.

The team started their training virtually for the past couple of weeks due to the modular system being run at UG but have moved into residential camping to finalise their preparation.

The University of Ghana is the world defending champion of the Public Speaking Category for the past two editions. A feat achieved in Cape Town, South Africa in 2019 and Bangkok, Thailand in 2020 by Jeremiah Kobby Sekyi and Kweku Apreku Agyepong respectively. It is the expectation and wish of every stakeholder at UG for the team to continue this impressive feat at the world championship and make it three in a row.

source: UG

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