The Ghana Universities Debate Championship is a highly intellectual competition contested by all universities in Ghana. This tournament, undoubtedly, is the most thought provoking competition amongst Ghanaian students and is organized annually. The competition began in 2014 and has since produced great speakers and critical thinkers.
This year’s contest has been one of the most heated and keenly contested since 2014. The tournament was contested by the University of Ghana, with 10 teams; the University of Cape Coast, with 4 teams; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, with 11 teams; University for Development Studies, with 8 teams; University of Health and Allied Sciences, with 4 teams; University of Energy and Natural Resources, the host institution presented 7 teams; All Nations University College, also presented 4 teams; Islamic University presented 1 team; University of Education, Winneba, Kumasi campus presented two teams and Perez University College also presented two teams. It is worth noting that every university could present any number of teams it wished as long as it could pay for their registration.
All these teams competed for 9 preliminary rounds after which the top 16 teams broke into the quarter finals. UCC began setting itself into a position to achieve its winning agenda after it registered all its four teams amongst the top 16 teams. KNUST also had 8 out of its 11 teams proceed into the quarter finals with legon also taking the remaining four slots which signified the end of the contest for the rest of the competing schools.
After the quarter finals, two of the teams from UCC progressed to the semi finals. The teams comprised of:
1. Emmanuel Mylo Dadzie and Samuel Kojo Pinkrah and
2. Latif Lawrence Jorhowie and Emmanuel Nwanwa Mensah.
The competition uses the British Parliamentary (BP) style and as part of the rules of BP, each team comprises two members.
The semi finals had two UCC teams, 2 UG teams and 4 KNUST teams.
After the semi final round, four teams finally made it to the finals, 1 team from UCC, 1 team from KNUST and 2 teams from UG.
At the end of the final round, UCC’s team represented by Emmanuel Mylo Dadzie and Samuel Kojo Pinkrah emerged victors, with UG emerging second and the Two KNUST teams placing 3rd and 4th.
Full list of teams and representatives from the University of Cape Coast.
1. Latif Lawrence Jorhowie & Emmanuel Nwanwa Mensah
2. Samuel Kojo Pinkrah & Emmanuel Mylo Dadzie
3. Ellen Eyiram Cofie & Ernestina Siaw Amoako
4. Elizabeth Nketiah & Grace Adubea Dartey
1. Eugene David Dzabgley
2. Jessica Afful Tuleasi
4. Obed Frempong Aboagye
5. Josephine Addobea Newton