CU Prepares for All Nigerian Universities Debating Championship
In order to adequately prepare for the upcoming 4th edition of the All Nigerian Universities Debating Championship (ANUDC), the Covenant University Literary and Debating Society (CULDS) organised a mock debating competition with Crawford University, Ota on Saturday, April 2, 2016. The event featured two team presentations from each university in two categories - Debate and Public Speaking.
Covenant University won in the two categories of debate and public speaking contest, coming out in the 1st and second places respectively, while Crawford University made it to the 3rd and 4th positions. The contest was a great success and all participants were in high spirits, challenged and ready to go for the general contest in July.
In his remarks at the event, Dr. Stephen Oluwatobi, representing the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, stated, “Words are powerful. It has been proven throughout history that empires are shaped with words. People express their authority and command via words. It is therefore pertinent for young people to learn the ability to establish cases and back them up with facts beyond mere speech.”
He explained that the ability to convince is one of the hallmarks of leadership. “This is why Covenant University supports and has chosen to host this championship debate beginning with the mock debate of today. Participants should see this as a medium to improve their capacity as well as prepare themselves for the future,” he advised.
A member of the governing council of the ANUDC, who is also the Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the Association in CU, Dr. Sheriff Folarin, appreciated the University management for providing the moral, financial and spiritual support and encouragement for the success of the event. “The event of today creates a platform for us to prepare ourselves for the main event in July which we are going to be hosting.”
Explaining the vision of the organisation, Dr. Folarin stated, “The key driver is not for entertainment or information but to enable the participants increase their capacity and be able to stand their grounds, articulate their points and express their opinions with clarity.”
In a short discussion with the leader of the delegate from Crawford University, Dr. Bartholowew Onyekwere, stated, “The event was an eye-opener for us. I am happy with the way we have been treated. This is the first time we are experiencing this and it was very impressive. We have resolved to replicate what we have seen here when we get back. We are very elated and impressed. There was balance, objectivity and the judges and facilitators are balanced, no cheating.”
Talking with the representative of the All Nigerian Universities Debating Championship (ANUDC), he explained that debating informs, involves and inspires citizenry on the policy implementation and processes of governance. “In the absence of debate,’ he said, “impunity and corruption tends to colour governance and its processes. Further benefits of debating entails the creation of a Global critical thinking where participants of the contest have to carefully analyze the implications and root causes of controversies from engaging superior arguments in the context.
“Debating is a sport that should be embraced by every university. In the Nigerian context, it helps to strengthen our unity as a nation. Also, debating helps us to respect, tolerate, accommodate and appreciate one another’s differences as a people from a heterogeneous culture and setting,” he noted.
Also present at the event were some members of the All Nigerian Universities Debating Council (ANUDC); members of the Covenant University Literary and Debating Society (CULDS) and some staff and students of the participating universities.