There is a society of debaters at Bishop Stuart University that continues to make extraordinary news and this great harvest now comes from a continental stage.
With 64 teams (debaters) from 32 countries, Agaba Ian and Sigire Adonia all from the Faculty of Law of Bishop Stuart University put up a serene performance at the 9th Edition of Mashujaa Open Africa Debate Championship that has just been concluded in Nairobi, Kenya (Strathmore University) by elevating from bottom teams to top teams to qualify for Quarter Finals (Best 8 Teams).
This continental interface ran from 29th April to 1st May 2023 where Bishop Stuart University and Makerere University were the only Universities whose teams were invited to participate and the patron Debate Society of BSU, Mr. Munzira Chrispus, took up the responsibility to the front with his constructively aggressive debaters with whom he traveled.
Their maiden appearance on this stage is of a greater impact to Bishop Stuart University community and a new mindset of “Champions are nurtured here” has been instilled into the mental faculties of most of our students on seeing their fellows shine on a big stage.
Despite being their 8th time participating, a team from Strathmore University (the hosts) won the competition. Moreover, our outstanding performance (Quarter finals of 8 Teams) during our first participation in this competition is a clear indication that with continued hard work and dedication, winning it won’t take us any longer than a year for the 10th Edition. Additionally, our participation in this competition has given us an opportunity to learn from the best and to expand our network in the field. Consequently, we are more motivated than ever to continue striving for excellence in all that we do.
These debates, poetry and public speeching competitions amongst university students across the globe equip young people with among others public confidence, critical thinking skills, eloquence, and better communication skills urgently needed in Uganda today and these and other reasons fuel the University Top Management to relentlessly support these forums.
Congratulations BSU, the University Top Management and BSU Debate Society.
The writer is the Patron, BSU Debate Society.