Debate Team Competes for World Title

Africa University Debate Speech and Drama teamAfrica University’s Debate, Speech and Drama Society (DSDS) is ending 2016 with a bid for a world title. Known as the “Mighty Fosters”, the Africa University team is participating in the World University Debating Championships (WUDC), taking place from December 29 – January 3 in The Hague, Netherlands.

Africa University, the only university in Zimbabwe and one of a handful of higher education institutions from southern Africa to qualify, will go up against some of the world’s best in the week-long competition.

Fosters student president received trophy from Vice Chancellor Furusa.Muneyi Muchanyuka, the team’s patron and a lecturer in the College of Social Sciences, Theology, Humanities and Education at Africa University, describes the Might Fosters as dynamic and bold.

“It is this spirit of fearlessness, selflessness and volunteerism that has enabled the students to qualify to the World University Debating Championships,” said Muchanyuka. “It is the same spirit that will see them through the championships in the Netherlands and beyond.”

The team’s hard-won qualification for the WUDC was the result of stellar performances on the African debate circuit, notably at the Pan African Universities Debate Championships held in Ghana in December 2015; and the University of Fort Hare’s Centenary Celebrations hosted in South Africa in September 2016 .

The Mighty Fosters came together as an informal, student-led group in 2008. From the outset, its members worked closely with faculty members in the humanities and social sciences and took advantage of campus-wide events such as the annual Culture Night and Black History Month celebrations to hone their skills. With institutional support and a partnership with the Zimbabwe United Nations Association, the group evolved into the Debate, Speech and Drama Society.

In 2017, the society plans to roll out a mentorship program for high school students as well as a publication featuring poetry, literature and art from Africa University’s diverse student body.