Ghanaian named first black African President of World’s University Debate Council

Ghanaian named first black African President of World’s University Debate Council

An astute Ghanaian debater,Antonio Edem Asinyo, has made history as he has been elected the first Ghanaian to be President of the World’s University Debate Championship (WUDC) Council on Tuesday.

Antonio, coach of the University of Ghana Debate Society, also becomes the first black African to rise to this position within the global debate circuit after 39 years of its existence.

He was elected on January 1, 2019 at the 39th edition of the WUDC currently ongoing in Cape Town, South Africa.

President of World’s University Debate Council
President of World’s University Debate Council, Antonio Edem Asinyo Source:
Source: UGC

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He will serve a one-year renewable tenure of office, together with other elected world council officers; Mexico’s Julio Meyer as Registrar, Tshiamo Malatjii of South Africa and New Zealand’s Kerrin R-s who will serve as Secretary and Equity Officer respectively.

This is not the first time Antonio Edem Asinyo has made Ghana proud with such an international accolade.

A year ago, he was among a four-member team appointed by the International Debating Committee Council to serve on the equity committee of the Championship in Mexico City.

Antonio has over 5 years of active national and international debating experience.

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He is credited with several debating initiatives and reforms.

He has also facilitated several debate workshops for several institutions in Ghana, notable among them being GTUC, UCC, Central University, UEW, UPSA, UDS, Tema International School among others, and also coached the Ashesi Debate team.

The national and international award-winning debater was the convener of the 8th Pan African Universities Debate championship hosted by the University of Ghana in 2015.

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