President of the University of Ghana Debate Society and member of the University of Ghana team to the 2019 Worlds Universities Debate Championship (WUDC), Mr. Jeremiah Sekyi has made history by being the first African to win first place in the Public Speaking category of the tournament.
The Level 300 Pharmacy Student topped the competition which took place at the University of Cape Town in South Africa after three intensive rounds of Public Speaking, prevailing over some of the best university public speakers from all around the globe.
His winning speech at the finals of the competition which took place at the Cape Town International Convention centre was themed “My Ideal WUDC”.
He also holds the record of being the first African to advance to the semi final of the competition after he qualified in the 2018 edition held in Mexico.
Mr. Jeremiah Sekyi was also a debate finalist and 3rd Best Public Speaker at the 2018 Pan African Universities Debate Championship held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
“I have seldom been as happy as I am now. I know there is a lot to do. With every achievement comes the possibility for much more to be achieved and that isn’t the least scary thing on earth. But for now, I choose to give thanks.”
“Having the opportunity to do this is of great importance to me and I’m ever grateful to all who facilitate my participation in this beautiful sport.” – read a message he shared after the tournament.
This year’s World Universities Debate Championship competition saw 786 participants from about 300 Universities from around the world engage on a wide range of relevant world and philosophical issues.
The next edition of the tournament will be held at the Assumption University of Thailand.
Story by: Daniel Nana Yaw Obeng/universnewsroom.com