The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) debate team has won the national debate competition held at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale. This year’s competition was on the theme; Ghana Beyond Aid- The Role of Debaters.
Dr. Anthony Adjei Tetteh-Opai, the Sports Director, noted that, even though the KNUST team encountered tough opponents from other Universities, 3 out of the 8 teams that represented KNUST, were adjudged winners.
Jacob Johnson Attakpa, a participant, stated that, the debate team is a group of students that has passion for debate, studying philosophy and advocacy. He continued that, the debates mostly centre around philosophy, science, among others and that they practice the British parliamentarian debate where each team has to debate within seven minutes (7min.). He revealed that among the topics they debated on this year was, how Ghana would be able to do without aid.
Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, the Vice-Chancellor, stated that, even though the University is a Science and Technology University, he is pleased with how the University continues to excel in the liberal studies and Art as well, which shows that there is a good blend of students which the University is proud of. He then congratulated the debate team and thanked them on behalf of the University Management for all the efforts they made to bring honour to the University. He also assured them of the University’s support in their future engagements.
Jacob Johnson Attakpa and Isaac Duah won the competition, Percy Ohene Nyanteh and Michael Ampah Yeboah were the first runner-up while Otchere Baffour and Michael Moako-Twum came in fourth position in the debate session. KNUST also won the overall best judge, the overall best debater, the second overall best debater and the 5th best Public speaker.