Public Speaking club flies USIU-Africa flag high at the Olympia 2020 debate competition
Chantelle Mukabi and Grace Kinyua, who emerged as the Top Speaking Team of the tournament.
By Chantelle Mukabi
The Public Speaking Club recently got another opportunity to represent USIU-Africa on the regional stage at the Olympia 2020 Debate that was held at Cavendish University in Kampala, Uganda. The tournament brought together participants from Kenya, Botswana, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
The Olympia Debate is a 2-day invitational tournament in which debaters who have been consistent winners, top scorers and best speakers throughout the debate year are selected to represent their school or region as they battle it out to become East Africa’s Best Debaters. USIU-Africa was represented by 5 debaters: Grace Kinyua (IR, Senior), Stecy Onyango (Psychology, Sophomore), Eunice Njagi (International Relations, Junior), Faith Musumba International Relations, Senior) and Chantelle Mukabi (APT, Sophomore); Kagia Samuel (Finance, Sophomore) had also qualified, however could not attend the tournament. The team was accompanied by the University’s Clubs Coordinator, Jane Nyaga.
The debates were highly competitive and difficult, however the team was able to maintain consistently high scores throughout the preliminary rounds. In the end, Grace Kinyua and Chantelle Mukabi emerged as the Top Speaking Team of the tournament.
The Public Speaking Club is committed to pursuing excellence at all forthcoming competitions and pushing its members to greater heights. The Club’s next agenda is the Erudite Debate Tournament which it plans to host as an intervarsity debate in early April. The team also hopes to represent Kenya at the East African Universities Debate Championships (EAUDC) in Tanzania in August this year, the Pan-African Universities Debate Championship (PAUDC) in Botswana in December and at the World Universities Debate Championship (WUDC) next year in Korea.