The National Debating Council in Sierra Leone has successfully organised its first national debating competition. The event was held from the 24th August – 31st August 2019, with 258 debates from first round to the final round.
The theme of this year debate was “National Security, Migration and the Right of Migrants”.
The initiative was solely the idea of Youth Commissioner, Mohamed Kwak Kanneh, who made the dream come true.
Mohamed Kwak Kanneh, Chairman for the National Debating Council and also the Chief Adjudicator for the 2019 National Debating Championship welcomed all members in attendance, briefly introduced the events and highlighted the rules and regulations governing it.
Ansumana Keita, a member of the organising committee and also Chairman of the event, welcomed the attendants and went further to announce their partners that joined hands with them financially for the successful staging of the 2019 National Debating Championship.
“We are thankful to our many partners like Rokel Commercial Bank, Afro Technology and logistics, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and others. This would not have been possible without them” said Mr. Keita.
James Fortune, Deputy Chief Adjudicator, expressed his relief on accomplishing the feat.
“At first, I thought we will not be able to reach this height but I stand in front of you all here today as a living testimony that this great event did not only serve as lesson to the competitors but I also learnt many lessons from it.” Mr. Fortune said.
The entire National Debate Championship 2019 was based on two formats; The Karl Popper and the British parliamentary debate format.
On the Karl Popper Debating format side, team Epic emerged as the winner with 10 million Leone plus a trophy and Simeon Sylvester Senesie was crowned as the best debater.
While on the other side the British parliamentary format, team Engineer emerged as the winner with 10 million Leones plus a trophy and Naomi Mansaray was crowned as the best debater in British parliamentary debate format.
It all ended with cash prizes, trophies, certificates and medals for both winners.
All participants, judges partners and support groups also received certificates.