The President of the World Universities Debating Council (WUDC), Antonio Edem Asinyo, the organization’s first Ghanaian president, has accused the organization of structural racism and underrepresentation of African countries.
In his words, “I’m not one who loves to complain, now that I have the opportunity and have been empowered to effect change, one of the things to change is structural racism within the World University Debating Council.”
Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on Tuesday, the former alumnus of the University of Ghana (UG) and coach of the Debating Society of the same institution has vowed to use his influence as president to change this.
According to Mr. Asinyo, who won the 2019 Presidency of WUDC with two-third majority in University of Cape Town, South Africa, earlier this year, he “intends to introduce a team code, so that you don’t identify schools by name until they win competitions.”
Again his leadership will work to “increase African representation at the competition’ with the hope that Africans can also win the competition.”
He has encouraged Ghanaian youth to enjoy debating because the only way to get things done is to listen to each other. He adds that he hopes to work with the African, Asian and Latin American bloc to make debating competitive.
The World Universities Debate Council exists to oversee all administrative roles and tasks that surround the annual organization of the championship as well as matters regarding the welfare of university-level debate globally.