KNUST wins big at 2019 Ghana Universities Debate Championship


The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) pulled stunning results at the just ended 6th annual edition of the Ghana Universities Debate Championship held at All Nations University College, Koforidua.

Debaters from KNUST took the shine despite failing to defend the ultimate title, winning 9 out of the total awards up for grab at the championship with the 2018 Pan-African Universities Debate champion, Erasmus Segbefia being adjudged the Best Institutional Speaker.

The competition which is modelled in the British Parliamentary style of debating had in total 52 teams from all participating universities with KNUST presenting 11 teams.

All teams from KNUST  broke from the prelims into the out rounds of both novice and mainstream categories – 4 novice teams and 8 main teams.

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Erasmus Segbefia and Baffuor Okyere broke first with 22/27 points ahead of 47 other teams

Awards Won By KNUST

  1. Best Institutional Speaker – Erasmus Mawuli Segbefia
  2. Best Novice Speaker – Brain Dzitonu
  3. 2nd Best Novice Speaker
  4. Best Speaker – Erasmus Mawuli Segbefia
  5. 2nd Best Speaker – Michael Ampah Yeboah
  6. 3rd Best Speaker – Baffuor Okyere
  7. 5th Best Speaker – Andrews Terkpetey
  8. 7th Best Speaker – Percy Nyanteh
  9. Best Novice Judge – Juana Owusu

The University of Cape Coast, however, won its first ultimate title since the inception of the competition beating defending champions Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and one-time champion the University of Ghana.

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The competition featured ten (10) universities; University of Cape Coast, University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University for Development Studies, University for Health and Allied Sciences, University of Energy and Natural Resources, University of Education Winneba-Kumasi, All Nations University College, Islamic University College, and Perez University College.

The competition spanned from 18th to 27th July 2019.