The Mensah Sarbah Hall has emerged winner of the Annual Inter-Hall SRC Debate Championship for the second consecutive time.
The 2019 team, consisting of Lutfata Sung-Bawiera Issah and Kweku Agyapong, beat 23 other teams in 7 preliminary rounds and 3 knockout stages (including the finals) to come out victorious in this year’s tournament.
The initiative was a partnership between the Student Representative Council (SRC) and the University of Ghana Debate Society (UGDS) which consisted of both debate and Public Speaking.
This year’s tournament commenced on the 29th Of March with 23 teams from all halls of residence on campus including the non-residents with as many as four teams originating from one hall.
After 7 rounds of grueling battles, 16 teams proceeded to the quarter-finals, then 8 to the semi-finals before the top 4 qualified into finals.
The finale was held at the University of Ghana law school auditorium yesterday, Tuesday the 23rd of April 2019, with the four major finalists being:
Elizabeth Frances Sey Hall’s B team (Wisdom Ndukwe and Daniel Obeng) as Opening Government.
Jean Nelson Aka Hall’s team A (Solomon Omani-Mensah and Jeremiah Kobby Sekyi) as Opening Opposition.
Mensah Sarbah Hall’s team B (Apreku and Lutfata Sung-Bawiera Issah) as Closing Government.
And Jean Nelson Aka hall’s team B (Eyram Abiti and Jude Kwegyir-Aggrey) as closing opposition.
Members of the core adjudication panel included:
Ziyaad Ibn Shiraaz
Shevonnah Sophie Ansah
Ezekiel N.T.A Addy
The public speaking category of the competition also proved to be just as exciting.
The finalist speakers included Maureen Kyere, Jude Kwegyir-Aggrey, Kelvin Ankomah, Michael Koranteng and Maximillian Osei-Wusu.
The adjudicating panel including Ezekiel Hayford, Kelly Kwame Corchil, Lutfata Sung-Bawiera Issah and Collins Robertson.
With the winners being Maureen Kyere in first place, Jude Kwegyir-Aggrey in second place and Michael Koranteng in third place with the top 3 judges as Kelly Corchil , Lutfata Issah and Ezekiel hayford.
Other winners included Abdul Halik as Best Debating speaker, Jeremiah in second place, Kelvin Ankomah in 3rd place, Lutfata Issah in 4th place and Solomon Omani-Mensah in 5th place.
Top 3 Debating Judges were Maureen Kyere, Alexandra Akwoviah and Ezekiel Addy.
Story by: Isaac Dadzie and Piesie N. Safo | universnewsroom.com