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25 Year Old Orator, Chinedu Chidi emerges as “The Debaters” Season II Champ – Wins the 3.5 Million Naira, Toyota RAV4 & VEDA Laptop grand prize

After thirteen weeks of non-stop action, and the thrill and rush of powerful, no-holds-barred debates, The Debaters: Season Two, has finally come to an end with Chinedu Chidi, the Young Statesman, emerging winner.



GTBank MD, Tayo Adenirokun hands over the 3.5 Million Naira cheque to Chinedu Chidi

After thirteen weeks of non-stop action, and the thrill and rush of powerful, no-holds-barred debates, The Debaters: Season Two, has finally come to an end with Chinedu Chidi, the Young Statesman, emerging winner.

The search for the Debater of the year 2010 started across Kano, Port Harcourt, Abuja, and Lagos with a series of auditions. It was a long, hard and exceptional search and after the regional and national auditions, fourteen Talkmates emerged.

On September 18th 2010, the fourteen Talkmates moved into the Talk Academy, but they were still a long way from their destination. Thirteen weeks of non-stop verbal warfare, and eight evictions later, the Super Six – Femi Adelayo, Ibipo Salami, Olumide Gbadebo, Arit Okpo, Chinedu Chidi and Ajibola Ibaru – were left standing to battle to the finish.

The final debate, “Africa is the lifeline that guarantees the survival of the West”, was a blend of articulate and ingeniously delivered speeches, and was indeed a tough battle, at the end of which Chinedu, the Young Statesman, beat his five other eloquent Talkmates, and bagged the highly coveted title: Debater of the Year 2010. Inspire Africa was honoured to receive Mr. Tayo Aderiokun, the Managing Director of GTBank and Lola Odedina, the Head, Communications & External Affairs at GTBank at the Grand Finale of The Debaters, who despite their busy schedule, made out time for the event.

As part of his winnings, Chinedu walked away with a N3.5 million cash prize, a Brand new RA4 Jeep, courtesy Mandilas Motors, and a VEDA laptop. Ibipo, the first runner up, got a N1 million cash prize and a VEDA laptop, while Olumide, the second runner up, got a N500,000 cash prize and a VEDA laptop. The eleven other runners each got laptops, courtesy GTBank.

There was an avid followership of the second season of The Debaters, and comments poured in through facebook and twitter. Viewers also voted via text messages to make sure their favourite talkmate walked home with the final prize.

The Debaters, of which Mo Abudu is the creator, is an innovative show that presents credible, coherent, engaging, educative and informative debates by adults that address topical issues in our society. The Deabters is the first television show designed to effectively showcase the almost-lost-art of debating by treating it with the seriousness that it deserves, whilst also enhancing its entertainment value.
GTBank is the headline sponsor of The Debaters, and has shown once again, that it is synonymous with innovation, building excellence and creating role models for society.

Support for The Debaters was also received from organizations such as the British Council and the United States Consulate General / IRC. Other sponsors include – Veda Technology, GTAssurance, Sweet Sensation, Mobos Fashion, Pan African University, and Mandilas Ventures.

The winning moment

Reflecting on his win

Celebrating with GTBank MD Tayo Aderinokun and Team

Chidi with his brand new RAV4

Chinedu Chidi on the Debaters II – Check out some of his stellar moments


  1. French Paris aaliyah

    December 21, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    good for u

  2. Oma

    December 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Congrats.i believe you desreve it.

  3. dami

    December 21, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    I’m glad he won. I like his statesman like demeanour.

  4. Pizzazz

    December 21, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    wanted Olumide,but its all good..all the best,join Atiku in the clique

  5. Lagos Boy

    December 21, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    The picture that says “Reflecting on his win” is a classic.. LOL. How do you know he wasnt looking at a ballon or something.. 🙂

    Congrats to him..

  6. Temiloluwa Adebayo

    December 22, 2010 at 2:07 am

  7. Nene

    December 22, 2010 at 3:41 am

    I am not impressed, how do these clips even qualify as stellar moments? He seems lost and like a fish out of water…the judge even pointed this out. Weh, na, I’m not surprised.

  8. Marea

    December 22, 2010 at 6:02 am

    I must give it to him…he’s “crammed” his NTA cliches quite well.

  9. changing faces

    December 22, 2010 at 8:03 am

    the last 3 girls were better debaters…

    • scentified

      December 25, 2010 at 12:22 am

      I agree. From some of the episodes that I watched he wasn’t so expressive unlike the last 3 were better.

      The muslim chic and the lady from the south south, in my opinion, were much better.

  10. DUDU

    December 22, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Congratulations mate

  11. Neighbor

    December 22, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    How How?? Who are those judging all these things

  12. Aisha

    December 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm


  13. Grace

    December 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    i WANTED Olumide to win

  14. Ame

    December 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Wow!thumbs up 2 him,i mst say i envy him,tho’ i had wntd Olumide or Arit 2 win,bt u knw wat?I play d winning team.BRAVO!

  15. NNENNE

    December 23, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Well done!!!!

  16. Tamara

    December 23, 2010 at 5:19 am

    The girl is much more articulate, she addresses the questions asked to her.
    Now Chinedu obviously is intelligent to be able to remember everything he said.
    But the girl can think a lot better on her feet! She flows, she keeps thinking, so I like her a lot better!
    This is a pretty legit show tho… 🙂

  17. caramel_drops

    December 23, 2010 at 6:45 am

    wow, he’s good. Articulation is a gift,and you Nedu sure has it !

  18. hotmama

    December 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I like d fact dat he won, d doctor too was very articulate. But I think d best man won!

  19. Anya

    December 23, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I think Arit could and should have won, she was very good too!

  20. The Bola

    December 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Congrats bro, he doesn’t sound natural tho & why does he sound Ghanian

    btw, I think it’ll be fun to have our HON. Patrick Obahiagbon judge this show, it’ll be delightful

  21. whatrubbishisdis?

    December 24, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    chinedu was easily the best debater on the show.i feel he had maybe just one competition, ibipo.congrats, u will go far.

  22. ekiomado ohonyon

    December 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    chinedu deserves to win and that is why i voted for him any time he was on probation. he did so well in the last debate.

  23. lizzy

    December 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I preferred olumide oh and i know she’ll go far. congrats chinedu.

  24. haul

    January 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    The crown was between Chinedu and Ibikpo. Chinedu surpassed ibikpo in the last impromptu debate and his mien was a big plus for him too. Congratulation!

  25. Today's Talk

    July 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    God rains in the affairs of men and he gives the kingdom to whomsover he will.well done chinedu!

  26. Today's Talk

    July 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    i must express my reservation, the judge should only be allowed to decide who the winners is not by voting.

  27. JohnJohn Uket

    August 2, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I think it’s a fair judgement. I wont be bias because I missed out during the 2010 audition in Abuja. It’s a job well done. I congratulate my friends that made it to the top and the organisers alike. God bless Africa.

  28. umoh edet

    December 4, 2014 at 10:07 am

    could we have another editon of the debaters,pls I want to contest

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