The 2019 edition of the Accra Open Debate Championship came to an end yesterday, Tuesday, June 11.
The Championship, which is in its 5th year this year, is held on the University of Ghana Campus and is one of the very few open debate tournament in West Africa that brings together many young people to engage in competitive British parliamentary style debate.
This year saw over 70 participants from 3 West African countries participate in the tournament.
This year’s edition was very competitive and fun as participants had the opportunity to learn, compete and create networks.
Erasmus Segbefia and Derrick Ackah emerged as winners at the end of the Championship.
Head of Speech Forces, Eric Asamoah, who are organizers of the competition, spoke to UniversNews after the tournament.
“It was a very good tournament. It was one of the most competitive tournaments I have seen. It was not the biggest, but it was very competitive, the teams that came, the speakers, they were all very very good. So you could see from the final results that nobody really took some long lead…well everybody was very close to each other.
And aside that, we had lots of fun, most people enjoyed it, made new friends, new networks and that’s basically all. The teams that shown were very good and at least it shows that we have been moving…. it’s not just about the tournament but about the debate development in itself. so comparing from where we were, the first edition till now you could see that there is a lot of progress in the debating space” he said
Speech Forces are optimistic that the future of the tournament remains bright as turnout for open tournaments such as the Accra Open Debate Championship keeps improving.
Here are the list winners
2019 Best Judge – Jeremiah Sekyi
2nd Best Judge – Jennifer Sarkodie
3rd Best Judge – Samuel Kojo Pinkrah
Best New Judge – Kingsley Asare
Public Speaking Category
Best Judge – Stella Ngwube
2nd Best Judge – Samuel Kojo Pinkrah
Best in Public Speaking – McBride Owusu
2nd Best in Public Speaking – Shekinah Sena Alornyeku
3rd Best in Public Speaking – Safo Kwame Oheneba
Story by: Stella Dziedzorm|universnewsroom.com