Antonio Edem Asinyo has won the 2019 World Universities Debate Council (WUDC) presidential election to become the first black person to chair at the 39th world universities debate championships at University of Cape Town, South Africa. This was after a general meeting by country delegates of the immediate past council, held on January 1, 2019, during the ongoing World Universities Debate Championship in Cape Town.
As coach of the University of Ghana Debate Society, he recently led the debate team to reach the grand finale of the Pan-African Championship for the first time in December 2018. He also led and won the bid for the Pan-African Championship held in Legon in 2015, which saw the championship come to West Africa for the first time under his auspices as tournament convener.
During the previous World Universities Debate Championship in Mexico, Mr. Asinyo was appointed to the Equity Committee of the championship, which was another historic first for the Ghanaian debate community.
With this election, he becomes the first Ghanaian to ever rise to this position within the global debate circuit after 39 years of its existence.
The World Universities Debate Council exists to oversee all administrative roles and tasks that surround the annual organization of the championship and as well as matters regarding the welfare of university-level debate globally.
“Positive Change has come to world universities debating, a new dawn of leadership is at hand and will work tirelessly to increase access and awareness of the sport.