Covenant, Champion of 6th All-Nigeria Universities Debating Championship
Covenant beat all other Nigerian universities to win the 6th edition of the All-Nigeria Universities Debating Championship (ANUDC) hosted by the University of Ilorin between September 23rd and 29th, 2018.
At the competitive tournament, the body that coordinates championships among Nigerian universities, the ANUDC led by Dr. Ndubuisi Oswagwu of the University of Calabar, adjudged Covenant the overall winner of the number one national inter-varsity championship, having beaten Imo State University and host, University of Ilorin to the second and third positions respectively.
Covenant was having her fourth stint in the competition, having had her inaugural participation at the 2nd edition of ANUDC in 2014 at the University of Lagos. In 2016 when Covenant hosted the championship, she emerged winner in the Public Speaking category, while the University of Ilorin emerged the overall champion of the tournament.
Poetic as it may seem, Covenant won on University of Ilorin grounds as the latter had won in Covenant two years ago. Also winning individual awards and medals were Dominic Dominic and Jenny Odjugo, who emerged among the Best Debaters at the Championship.
The Covenant University Literary and Debating Society (CULDS), under the able leadership of the founder, coordinator and coach, Professor Sheriff F. Folarin, became the first private university to host the ANUDC in 2016 and to win it in 2018.
Professor Folarin had led the team to national and international tournaments, where some important awards had been won. Nevertheless, the most prestigious of the outings was the 2018 national championship which Covenant clinched with an overwhelming consensus of the Core Adjudication Panel (CAP) and the entire Nigerian universities congregation. Professor Folarin is the current National Vice-President of ANUDC and served as Chairman of Council all through the tournament in the inevitable absence of the President.
The first ANUDC was won by the University of Calabar. The second edition was won by the University of Lagos, third by Imo State University, fourth by University of Ilorin and fifth was won again by the University of Calabar. Covenant joins the ranks of the elite in the Nigerian and world debating circuit by first hosting and then winning two years later.