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IBTD: Stephanie Ehi and Timothy Chukwuebuka Secure Quarterfinal Spots

Day Two of the ‘I Beg To Differ’ tournament on Nigeria Info’s Hard Facts saw contestants compete for a chance to progress to the next round.

In the first debate, 15-year-old Ameh Stephanie Ehi of The International School, University of Lagos, and 16-year-old Clement Braimoh of Awori Ajeromi Senior Grammar School debated the topic, 'Nigeria Should Allow Diaspora Voting.'

Stephanie, who opposed the motion, emerged as the winner of the day’s first debate, and progresses to the next round of the tournament. 

In the second debate, 12-year-old Ebule Timothy Chukwuebuka of Bijamic Private School, Ikorodu, and 15-year-old Okorie Kingsley Chinemerem of Awori Ajeromi Senior Grammar School faced off on the topic, 'Children Under 18 Years Should Not Have Access to Social Media.'

In his argument, Timothy Chukwuebuka, who supported the motion, stated that social media exposes children to pornography at an early age.

He added that social media creates a false sense of reality and leaves children with the illusion of a utopian world.

His opponent, Kingsley Chinemerem, pointed out that social media such as "Quora" gives children a platform to learn from knowledgeable individuals.

In his view, the lockdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic gave children the opportunity to learn from wherever they were through social media.

After consideration by the judges, Timothy Chukwuebuka was declared the winner of the second debate with a slim margin.

He progresses to the quarterfinals.

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