Dzifa Abotchie-Agbanu and Nana Kweku Bosompem, first and second year students respectively of the University of Ghana, School of Law (UGSoL), represented the University at the just-ended maiden competition dubbed ‘My Intellectual Property Law Guide (MIPLG) Virtual Debate’. They emerged second at the end of the competition. Mr. Bosompem was also adjudged the Best Orator of the debate.
After presenting written submissions to qualify for the first stage of the competition, the Ghanaian team went head-to-head with representatives from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Nigeria, for stage two of the competition. Emerging the winners of that round, the UGSoL duo had to battle it out at the semi-finals, competing against four other teams from the University of Dodoma (Tanzania), the Makeni University (Sierra Leone), University of Ibadan (Nigeria), and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (Ghana). Dzifa and Nana Kweku received the highest points at this stage, beating all the four other Universities, and gained a spot at the final round.
After a sterling presentation at the final round, the team from the University of Ghana placed second after the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. The judges commended their efforts and unanimously declared Mr. Bosompem as the Best Orator for the entire competition.
The MIPLG Virtual Debate Competition was the first ever of its kind and was held from 10th August to 12th September 2020. It featured students and judges from English-speaking African Tertiary Institutions and was organised by My Intellectual Property Law Guide (MIPLG), a leading network of Intellectual Property and Competition Law Advocates in Africa.