ENOWMANYI Samuel AYUK president of ASDEC, has clinched a gold medal from their first ever competition in Buea, after which he shared details about his experience and performance in an exclusive interview conducted by 237campus.com.
237campus.com: What’s ASDEC all about?
Samuel AYUK: ASDEC is an acronym for ASMAC Debate Club, created on October 15 2018 by MUAM George a club member and myself Samuel AYUK.
We noticed that a communication institute of this magnitude had no platform that encouraged public speaking and we took it upon ourselves to create this club.
The central idea behind the conception of this initiative is to help students build self-confidence and get rid of stage fright.
237campus.com: What role do you play as president of ASDEC?
Samuel AYUK: I play a double and sometimes triple role, not only as president, but also as a floor member of this club.
It should be noted that the role I play as club member, is more than the role I play as president.
When I created this club, it was never to be president, but the members after realizing all my efforts in making the institution recognize the club, decided to entrust me with the position of president.
As president, I make sure that I lead by example.
237campus.com: You just came back from Buea where you were part of a competition. Tell us about that.
Samuel AYUK: My team and I went for the first ever Vice Chancellors Word Cup, on debate and public speaking.
It was organized by the university of Buea, for universities and higher institutes of learning from around Cameroon.
Present there were debate clubs from universities of Bamenda and Buea, and higher institutes of learning such as Higher Institute of Management HIMS, and the Advanced School of Mass Communication.
237campus.com: What did it take to be part in the competition?
Samuel AYUK: We registered 250francs per debater to get to Buea, where we met other universities and higher institutes of learning.
237campus.com: How did you feel when you were selected to take part in this great event especially for your first time?
Samuel AYUK: I felt awesome, great, grateful, considering the fact that I was not only going to showcase myself, but also to stand as a pillar for my school, made me feel honored.
237campus.com: We understand that this was the first time ASDEC took part in such a competition.
Tell us about your performance
Samuel AYUK: There is always a first time for everything, and it is always good to experience things in a new form.
As far as performance is concerned, I was surprised that though we met people who had been in the field for more than five years, we still made to the final rounds.
We may not have won, but that means something to us.
237campus.com: Tell us about the medal you won.
Samuel AYUK: It is a medal for the best institutional speaker and it also involves the best debater and the best new debater in the British Parliamentary Form of Debate, and for a first timer, this means a lot to me.
237campus.com: What are your future aspirations?
Samuel AYUK: It is my desire that the semi Reunification tournament upcoming in Yaoundé remains in ASMAC, and for the nationals that will take place in October I aspire that we don’t only participate, but earn our tickets for a competition in Ghana later this year.
I also hope that ASMAC takes part in the upcoming debate competition organized by the University of Bamenda in June.
237campus.com: Wish you all the best.
Samuel AYUK: Thank you!
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