By Abdullahi Ridhwan Adetutu
The university of Ilorin has yet again made history with the emergence of Ademola Adekunnbi, a student of the University, as the best overall speaker (debate) in Africa.
Ademola brought the university to the crest in the just concluded 12th Pan African Universities Debating Championship, PAUDC, held at Kwame Nkurumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.
University of Ilorin teams amongst other ten Nigerian teams, after the knock out stage, competed with 15 other teams from Ghana, two from South Africa and Kenya respectively; and one each from Uganda and Botswana. This stage saw to the survival of few teams to the Out-rounds stage which subsequently, only Unilorin, UNILAG, Convenant University made it to Semi-final and eventually at the end of the tournament the University of Ilorin lifted the trophy as the best speaker in Nigeria, the best in West Africa and the overall best in Africa.
The Pan African Universities Debating Championship, PAUDC, is the biggest yearly inter-versity debate tournament across Africa continent.
This year’s tournament began on Sunday, 8th of December with participants from more than 35 universities across the continent; from the participant universities, 160 debaters consisting 80 teams excluding the judges and the observers were all drown from 14 English-speaking countries across the African continent.
Another university that brought pride to Nigeria was Convenant University with Dominic Domini, a student of the school emerging the overall best in Public speaking, while in the same category, the university of Ilorin ranked fifth with Halimah Ojone Usman, a student of the university lifting the trophy.
The breakdown of Awards goes thus:
BEST COUNTRY SPEAKERS: Nigeria – Ademola Adekumbi; Rwanda – Abiel Intwarane; Tanzania – Eric-Alex Hamisi; South Africa – Atlehang Molefe; Botswana – motlatsi Mogorosi; Kenya – Macharia Njuguna; Zambia – Given Kapolyo; Zimbabwe – William Mwaingeni Denva; Togo – Abdul-Latifou Wali; Uganda – Ntambi Michael Blair; Sierra Leon – Alfred M. Sesay; Cameroun – Prince C. F Sani; Ghana – Erasmus Segbefia.
BEST REGIONAL SPEAKERS: Southern Africa – Atlehang Ndefe; West Africa – Ademola Adekunbi; East Africa – Mocharia Njuguna; Central Africa – Prince CF Sani;
TOP TEN SPEAKERS IN AFRICA: 1st: Ademola Adekunbi, NIGERIA; 2nd: Faithfulness Okom, NIGERIA; 3rd: Atlehang Molefe, SOUTH AFRICAN; 4th: Mfumo Bamuza, SOUTH AFRICA; 5th: Anam Azhar, SOUTH AFRICA; 6th: Erasmus Segbefia Mawuli, GHANA; 6th: Michael Ampah Yeboah, GHANA; 6th: Solomon Omani-Mensah, GHANA; 9th: Jeremaiah Sekyi; 10th: Lindokuhle Mabaso, South Africa.
BEST PUBLIC SPEAKERS: 10th, Frank Banaman; 9th, Fiifi Boabeng Baiden; 8th, Ntambi Michael; 7th, Kwaku Apraku; 6th, Ernestina Siaw; 5th, Halimat Ojone Usman; 4th, Cecelia Opoku Mensah; 3rd, Solera Opoku; 2nd, Giving Capellio; 1st, Dominic Domini.
After conquering the 2018 champion in Tanzania last year, the Kwame Nkurumah University of Science and Technology became champion yet again in this year’s edition; this win for the university marks a successful title defense in a row.
The PAUDC since its inception in 2008 has adopted the British Parliamentary (PB) style of debating. This style by structure makes up of four teams with two teams supporting a motion and the other two opposing. The debating teams are independent and compete with each other.
Amongst the countries that participated in this year’s tournament were Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana, Togo, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Liberia, Cameron and Sierra Leone.