African Spelling Bee senior champion to travel to USA


The senior winner of the African Spelling Bee, to be held for the first time in the country on December 6 to 11 2022 at Golden Peacock, is expected to travel to United States of America (USA) courtesy of Scripps National Spelling Bee of USA.

A press statement from Malawi National Spelling Bee says Scripps National Spelling Bee has pledged an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington DC for the senior winner.

“The African Spelling Bee senior champion will have a chance, while in USA, to attend the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals as guest,” the statement reads.


The prize includes airfare and accommodation for the champion and one parent.

Malawi National Spelling Bee founder Lewis Mbaula said Scripps National Spelling Bee is the biggest and oldest spelling bee, in the world.

“Scripps National Spelling Bee is a partner of Malawi National Spelling Bee and also works in partnership with spelling bee organisations around the world,” Mbaula said.


The participants of the African Spelling Bee will be drawn from 20 countries and, according to Mbaula, 18 countries have confirmed their participation and they include Malawi, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Lesotho.

African Spelling Bee was first hosted in South Africa in 2016 and then 2017, before moving to Kenya in 2018 and then Uganda in 2019.

The contest returns this year following a two-year hiatus due to Covid.

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