The 12th edition of the Pan African Universities Debate Championship has been officially launched at a brief ceremony at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The Pan African Universities Debate Championships which hosts Debaters and Judges from various African Universities will come off from 8th to 16th December 2019.
KNUST; who were winners in the 11th Edition which took place at University of Dar es Salam, Tanzania will look to impress once again and defend their title.
The Convener for the tournament, Mr. Joel Telfer; who delivered the Key-note address at the media launch underscored the aim and need for associating the tournament with the 20th anniversary of the King of the Ashanti Kingdom; Otumfuor Osei Tutu II.
“Our aim is to offer all participants an opportunity to enjoy the friendly and competitive PAUDC atmosphere in the vibrant city of Kumasi and the beautiful scenery of Ghana, while offering them a chance to experience the extraordinary Ghanaian culture that is heavily appreciated in the Ashanti Region,” he explained.
According to him, PAUDC Akofena 2019 has the purpose of providing PAUDC community with an excellently organized tournament accessible to all nations willing to participate, while offering a step forward in raising the visibility and impact of the PAUDC name.
“The theme, “Promoting the new African Narrative,” was carefully chosen to reflect Africa’s growing shift towards a discussion that project a positive image of the African continent,” he explained.
Speaking exclusively to Univers News on modifications in this year’s tournament, Joel Telfer revealed that this year’s edition will feature a special session which will involve keynote speeches from identified African change-makers with the aim of equipping all participants with the needed skills to thrive in the society.
Personalities such as Sangu Delle, Chimanamanda Ngozi and Julius Malema among others are expected to present keynote address during the tournament.
Moreover, with the collaboration of Speech Forces Organization to organize the Public speaking Competition, the Convener highlighted that Participants will be well equipped through the training and will be prepared for the competition. Winners of the category will also be awarded with a brand new laptop and catalogue access to world-class training material.
The 2019 edition of the competition has been named after an Adinkra symbol, AKOFENA which represents courage, valour and heroism with regards to historical roots, geographical location and social reality among others.
The Director of Sports of KNUST, Dr. Anthony Tetteh-Opai who also spoke at the Launch indicated that KNUST was prepared to host and win the debate competition. This he believes will project KNUST as the foremost University on the continent.
“Ultimately, we want to make sure that this year’s PAUDC is the biggest in history. The University’s stance on this is clear. We believe that we will be able to achieve this target, while projecting KNUST as the foremost university on the continent,” he said.
According to him, the PAUDC Akofena 2019 has the university’s fullest support as they look forward to hosting the continent in December 2019.
“The University has made plans to allocate funds to augment the tournament registration fees including organizing a committee to secure sponsorship and funding. In addition, KNUST will make priority scheduling arrangements so that the tournament does not conflict the semester’s academic time-table,” he said.
PAUDC is the Pan African Universities Debate Championship that hosts Debaters and Judges from across Universities in Africa.
The format for the Debate is the British Parliamentary format popularly known as BP.
The competition began in 2008 in Botswana, and KNUST; Ghana will host the 12th edition after the University of Ghana hosted in 2015 making this the second time a Ghanaian institution will host the event.