BY DAYO ADESULU
The 13th One-Day- Governor of Lagos State has emerged at the 2013 Spelling Bee competition held at Alausa, Lagos. The competition was organised in two phases for both primary and secondary school students. There were 52 contestants from 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas.
Master Boadley Juwon Afolarin, 15, from Omole Senior Grammar School emerged first after a stiff contest among 52 contestants from 52 public schools in Lagos.
The second position went to Abolaji Abudulraman from Community Junior High School, Ayobo, Ipaja, even as Master Bio Marvellous Ejiwon from Victoria Island Senior High School came third.
Subsequently, Afolarin was presented with N250,000, while the second and third winners went home with N150,000 and N100,000 respectively.
Speaking at the event, the First Lady of Lagos State, Her Excellency, Emmanuella Fashola who presented the cash prize of N250, 000 and a trophy to the first prize winner thanked Dufil Prima Foods Plc for ensuring that the grand finale was a huge success. She stated that she was impressed with Indomie for partnering with the Lagos State Government by being the title sponsors of the competition.
“I am very glad and grateful to Indomie for coming on board as a major sponsor of this edition of the competition. This contest would encourage other children to emulate the winners of today’s competition by reading and taking their studies seriously. I would also like to use this medium to implore other corporate organisations to partner with the government so as to ensure that there is a continuous boost in the educational sector in Nigeria.”
Former deputy governor, Lagos State, Mrs Adebisi Sarah Sosan in her remark said it is an indication that public school students are not doing badly.
On his part, the official sponsor, Dufil Prima Food Plc, Public Relations/Event Manager, Mr. Tope Ashiwaju said; “Indomie is very proud of what Lagos State is doing in education. It is just the beginning of our partnership with Lagos State.”
Ashiwaju disclosed that with performance of the students, Indomie will take Spelling Bee to national and international levels. “Funding of this project will never be an issue,” he said, noting that he would ensure that these three best winners become Indomie Ambassadors.
Meanwhile, Boadley Juwon Afolarin who emerged first said in order for him to excel, most of the night, he woke up to study. According to him, he started preparing four months ago.
His words; “I will like to be a physicist because I am good at Mechanical subjects. I would like Lagos State to build new laboratories, more books in our library and repair our toilets.”
Some of the Spelling-Bee words include: Zoospermia, Bobby Dazzlier, Xenophobia, Chinchilla, Staccato, Hanukkah, Scolopophore, Mycorrhiza, Jabber wocky, Vinegarroon, Platyrrhine. Others are, Cornucopia Xanthorrhoea, Sooranjee, Boondoggle and Thaumaturge.