Meet Debator 1 of Abusua 96.5FM : A Young Ghanaian Sports Broadcaster

Born Francis Addai on 5th May 1990 to Mr. John Halifaz Addai and Madam Cecilia Yaa Ampomah at Senfi near Asante Bekwai in the Ashanti Region, Debator1, as he is popularly known in the media fraternity started his

journalism journey as school commentator with his colleague, Jacob Boateng.

“Debator1” has ascended the hierarchy of our media arena with great sports presentation and commentary. He came into the limelight as a sports presenter when he stood as a contestant at Boss FM Commentator Reality Show 2013/2014 edition.

Joined Goaso-based Nananom FM during weekends as sports pundit with the likes Kofi Tagor, Samia Nkrumah, Olito and King CY in the year 2009.

On 7th June, 2014, he started full-time radio at Genesis Radio with his boss King CY as the foreign sports presenter and sports commentator during Brazil 2014 World Cup. His exploits at the Goaso-based station attracted more listeners to the station and was nicknamed “Sarkodie” due to his high tempo in delivering foreign sports news.

In February 2015, Debator 1 was brought in by management of Sefwi-Essam based Winners FM to fill in the gap at the station when Fancy Di Maria (now with Angel FM) left for Obuasi based OFM but after just 2 weeks at the station, he said goodbye to the station due to the turnout of events at the Sefwi-based station.

The young sports presenter later joined Takoradi based Spice FM on the 13th of March 2015 upon recommendation from the head of sports, Samuel Kofi Larbi (De Governor).

In August 2016, the former Genesis Radio sports presenter joined Kumasi based Abusua 96.5FM, a subsidiary of EIB Network from Spice FM with the likes of his boss Samuel Kofi Larbi and Peprah Promise “Schevchenko”.

Our outfit can testify without any equivocations that since joining the Kumasi based station, Debator has become a force to be reckoned with even in less than 2 years in the Ashanti regional media fraternity.

He has also defied the odds and blazed the trail in sports journalism within some few years and has become living testimony to most people in our small towns in the country.

Debator is certainly a beacon of hope to the young people of Ghana and Africa at large since he is virtually making inroads in the industry at the age of 27. Again, his iconic nature in his vision, dedication and hardwork has enabled him to soar above the competition he finds himself in. He has always demonstrated high-sense of justice, transparency and delivering high-class journalism.

Listening to him on radio, his line of delivery is perfect; punch lines, pitch and everything are second to none. I dove my hat for this wonderful young sports journalist.

The former Nananom FM sport pundit is single and currently offering Bachelor’s degree in Communication at Christian Service University in Kumasi. in an exclusive discourse with the young Ghanaian sports presenter, he thanked Mr. Alex Atta Wura (Physical Education (PE) master at Kukuom Agric Senior High School) , Nana Sarfo Sylvester (who is currently in South Africa), Mr. Berkye,  Daddy Fresco popularly called “Obiaa noto bi”, the late Mr. Akomaning mensah Eric, a former SDA Assistant Headmaster and Principal (all of Kwapong in Brong Ahafo Region).

He also expressed gratitude to Fada Francis (General Manager, Genesis Radio), Madam Rita and Senior Gordey all of Genesis Radio.


Source: Evans Ofori/

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