Reigning African debate Champions, Boakye Nyamekye Isaac and Erasmus Sebgefia who are both students of West Africa’s Premiere Science University, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) after emerging winners of the 2018 edition of the Pan-African Universities Debate have secured a spot in the HWS Round Robin Debate Championship.
The two champions will represent KNUST and the entire African continent in the 2019 edition at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.
HWS Round Robin Debate tournament is a meeting of debate champions all across the world. Warm up session of the competition will be held on the Colgate university campus from the 30th to the 31st of March 2019 whiles the actual HWS Round Robin Debate will be held from 1st to 4th April, 2019.
Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Prof Kwasi Obiri-Danso has vowed to support the debaters to participate in the champions of continental debate competition. He is upbeat about KNUST winning the competition.
“We will send you to New York to participate in the HWS Round Robin Debate. I’m very hopeful that you’ll win the competition. This year is a year of prayer so I’m sure that with God on our side you’ll win more laurels for KNUST,” he said.
Speaking in an interview with Focus News shortly after the KNUST debate team presented the 2018 PAUDC trophy to the Vice Chancellor, winner of the debate, Boakye Nyamekye Isaac express his exultant having secured the chance to participate in the HWS Round Robin Debate competition.
“that is the best tournament that has happened across the world over the years. The PAUDC is one of such awards. Other continental champions will be meeting and champions of Harvard invitational among others will be there so it is an opportunity to show our mettle as one that is representative of our continent and the black race, for us it is more than representing KNUST is really about showing that the African Mentality is strong and we can go out there and prove ourselves to perform very well,” he said.
According to Boakye Nyamekye, debate is a thinking spot for that matter they are learning to process a lot of information now.
“For the kind of debate we do, when you go for the tournament, they give you a motion and in 15 minutes, you need to prepare and debate so you need to grasp a lot of information to be able to discern and to do a lot of analysis to win,” he expressed.