The Midlands State University debate team affectionately known as the Great Debaters demonstrated once again just why they are ‘great’, emerging as first runners-up at the 11th Pan African Universities Debate Championship (PAUDC) held from the 5th to the 12th of December 2018 at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Representing both MSU and Zimbabwe, and competing against more than 60 tertiary institutions drawn from all across Africa, Midlands State University fielded four teams and three judges at the continental debate showcase.

Notwithstanding, the intense competition and great display of debating prowess, team MSU stood its ground in the finals when they met their counterparts from the University of Free State, South Africa, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, and the University of Ghana. Team MSU comprised of Dino Ndlovu and Raphael Mugomba put on a sterling performance through and through to finish in second place behind the winning team from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

The other three MSU teams also did well with two teams reaching the quarterfinals and the other team going as far as the knockout stages. To top off the University’s performance, Portia Ndlovu was among the tournament’s top 5 judges and Vongai Magodora broke as a judge.

On behalf of the entire University Community, we say well done, Congratulations, Makorokoto, Amhlope!


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