A student of Kings College, Lagos, Sheriff Muhammad, has been crowned African Spelling Bee Champion of 2017.
Muhammad was part of the team of spellers representing Nigeria at the African Spelling Bee 2017 held in South Africa spelt his way through to the 7th Round of the contest.
He was followed by another Nigerian, Benebo Nchege of Deeper Life High School Port-Harcourt in a Joint 2nd place with Zameer Dada of South Africa.
Both Sheriff and Benebo competed in the Nigeria Spelling Bee and excelled in their respective states and regional competition and went on to be National Finalists. Benebo clinched the title of National Champion in the National Finals held at Nile University, Abuja on the 1st of July.
As part of prizes won in the competition is a Full Scholarship to Monash South Africa worth $20,000. Monash South Africa is ranked among the Best 100 Universities in the world. Other prizes include promotional items sponsored by MTN, Makro and Planet Fitness.
The African Spelling Bee championship tested the spellers on indigenous languages spoken in Africa as the Round 1 (non-elimination). After which, other rounds followed such as the words from the pre-scribed reading materials. These included “I am an African” by Thabo Mbeki, “Kingdom of Mapungubwe” and the “Constitutive Act of the African Union”
Round 3 was made up of words taken from the spellers’ visits to Maropeng and Sterkfontien Caves heritage sites. These words were “fossil fuelled”.
Other rounds included the English words from African Origin, Names of African Cities, Loan words and names of Cities around the world.
All the spellers in the Nigerian Team at the African Spelling Bee did the country proud. These spellers will be returning to Nigeria on Sunday the 17th of December through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.