By: Yusuf Akinpelu
University of Ibadan, UI, has emerged second in the just concluded Impact Africa International Debate Championship and Intercontinental Public Speaking Contest.
The university won 9 medals — the highest by any institution in the competition.
University of Ibadan finished second behind University of Cape Coast, Ghana, while the host institution, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, also from Ghana, came third.
The competition held between July 23 and July 28 at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Republic of Ghana.
Nigeria’s premier university was represented by the quartet, all from Law: Asudemade Habeebullah, 300 Level, Olaniyan Oluwadara, 400 Level, Nwarueze Elizabeth and Anyaeji Chizoba, both in 500 Level. Other representative are Ejide Temitope, Statistics, 200 Level and Sadik Oluwagbenga, Human Nutrition, 400 Level.
Elizabeth had 4 medals to herself, Sadik won 2 medals while the trio of Habeeb, Dara and Ejide had 1 medal each — making a total of 9.
Other Nigeria Universities that participated in the competition are the Kastina State University and Kebbi State University, Birnin Kebbi.
Aside the universities from Nigeria and the two from Ghana that made the top three, University of Sierra Leone and another from Zimbabwe were also represented.
The International Debate Championship pitched institutions from Africa against themselves as teams of two. However, the Intercontinental Public Speaking Contest was an individual contest for institutions from within and without Africa.
Though, Canada was among the expected countries in the latter, but they did not show up this year.
Reacting to the feat, Asudemade Habeebullah expressed his joy on the outcome, the network he has built, coupled with the new style of debate — the British Parliamentary Debating Style —vhe has learnt.
“Well, the competition was a good outing, and it exposed me to few other strategies different from the way we do things around here,” he said.
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“Aside this, it provided a platform of networking with students of other schools. Also, we just started venturing into the exploits of British Parliamentary debate, and to that end, coming second was not bad. In all, it was a worthy experience.”
In the 2017 edition, staged in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, Lucky Igbinedon University, Okada, Edo, Nigeria scooped the trophy in the debate category while Zimbabwe Open University won the Public Speaking Contest.
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