KNUST wins Pan African Universities debate

KNUST wins Pan African Universities debate

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have won the 11th edition of the Pan African Universities Debate Championship (PAUDC) held in Dars es Salaam in Tanzania.

The feat makes it the first time the contest has been won by an institution from West Africa and outside the Southern African region.

The Pan African Universities Debate Championships also known as PAUDC and nicknamed "Pans" is the biggest African inter-varsity debate tournament held every year.

KNUST wins Pan African Universities Debate
KNUST wins Pan African Universities Debate
Source: UGC

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It began in 2008 and has since received increasingly larger participation from Universities across Africa.

Ghanaian universities first participated in the PAUDC in 2012 with KNUST and the University of Ghana being the representatives from Ghana.

The Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Zenith College and Islamic University participated in subsequent editions.

The PAUDC structure is the British Parliamentary (BP) style. A BP debate is made up of 4 teams of 2, with 2 teams supporting a motion, and 2 teams opposing. Debating teams are independent and compete with each other.

Isaac Boakye and Erasmus Maali Segbefia represented KNUST in the final. They spoke on the motion “This House Regrets the Notion of Pan Africanism” from Closing Opposition and won by a unanimous decision.

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