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Accra: The gateway to Africa

Accra is undoubtedly one of the leading cities in Africa. It is the birth place of sub-Saharan Africa’s independence struggle and with a population of over 5 million inhabitants, the city is home to a diverse group of people and has a fast growing foreign population. The city which is also the seat of the…

University of Ghana and Strathmore University, Kenya win the 7th Accra Open Debate Championship

“This House believes that African States should extend dual citizenship to members of the African Diaspora including the right to vote and contest public office, regardless of the ability to satisfactorily trace their roots.” After a heated intellectual display of ideas, Elisha Owusu Akyaw from University of Ghana and Macharia Njuguna from Strathmore University, Kenya…

7th Accra Open Debate Championship to take place in August

Since its inception in 2015, Accra Open, the premier West African open debate competition, is arguably the most competitive debate tournament in Africa. It has been a tournament that all African debaters look forward to each year. This is not only due to its excellent organization. High quality debating and convivial social events are some…

Former national champions win Genesis Debate Open 2021 in Sunyani

The entire 2020 saw the world come to an abrupt halt in some dramatic fashion. The outbreak and surge of the COVID -19 pandemic necessitated the abrogation of activities that required convergence of a large number of people. For the debate community, this meant a resort to the use of online platforms to facilitate meetings…

MEET THE YOUNG GHANAIAN DEBATERS MAKING THE NATION PROUD

Panic attacks, fear, disappointment, laughter, confidence, happiness. As you go up and down a rollercoaster, you likely seesaw between these very strong emotions. This is exactly what we experienced during our first Worlds Schools Debate Championship. Charity Apreku, Nana Yaa Obeng-Nkansah and Isabel Prempeh (all from Tema International School) and Andrew Kattah and Nyankpani Abdul-Quddus…

THE UENR FORENSIC SOCIETY (UFS)

The now University of Energy and Natural Resource Forensics Society started out as the UENR Writer’s and Debaters Club in 2013 with a founding membership of five. The traditional style of debate with two teams was the format practiced at the time. The society’s first encounter with the British parliamentary style of debating was in…

The Word-Smiths

The Word-Smiths (TWS) is the general name for the the University of Lagos Debating Society (ULDS) which was inaugurated in 2015 as the official debating society of the University of Lagos. It was then solely for undergraduates of the university. Over time, the society grew and there was a need to widen the membership structure…

VENI VIDI VICI: A concise history of debate in Ghana (Part 1)

Introduction History accounts for the existence of some form of democracy or debates in precolonial Ghana. Our traditional culture shows how chiefs ruled, guided by elders and the contributions of subjects of their kingdoms. Our Independence struggle to date records instances of many engaged in discourse and debate on issues affecting Ghana. Today, we have…

Benefits of Debate

Decades of academic research have proven that the benefits that accrue as a result of engaging in debate are numerous. Debate provides experiences that are conducive to life-changing, cognitive, and presentational skills. In addition, through debate debaters acquire unique educational benefits as they learn and polish skills far beyond what can be learnt in any…

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