Nigeria Spelling Bee is a product of Bee Spelling Competition Initiative, a registered Non-Governmental Organization with the CAC and endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Education to conduct the competition nationally and represent Nigeria at international Spelling Bee competitions.
The organization is worried about the common mistakes students make and even writers in the usage of English words and the three major Nigerian languages.
This is the reason for organizing spelling competitions among Nigerian school students, to promote accurate spelling of the commonly used words and improve the knowledge of students.
Students at the level of Primary, Junior Secondary school and those in Senior Secondary schools are eligible to take part in the competition.
The competition shall be held at State and Regional levels. Winners of the Regional Stage shall progress to the National Finals where they will compete for a chance to win N1,000,000 scholarship Grand Prize among other prizes.
Our mission is to take this initiative to every home in Nigeria.
Our vision is to contribute and educate the entire youths of Nigeria.
If we are God’s chance to bear this dream to life, then we can!
For He is more interested in the success of this divine possibility more than we are. And God who has begun this great work in us will complete it. So, we can do this beautiful thing through God who strengthen us. Amen.
Background Of Spelling Bee
A spelling bee is a competition in which contestants are asked to spell words. The concept is thought to have originated in the United States of America, and spelling bee events, along with variants, are now also held in some other countries around the world including Nigeria. The first winner of an official spelling bee was Frank Neuhauser, who won the 1st National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in 1925 at age eleven.
Historically the word bee has been used to describe a get-together where a specific action is being carried out, like a husking bee, a quilting bee, or an apple bee. Its etymology is unclear but possibly derived from the Old English word bēn, meaning prayer.
The earliest known evidence of the phrase spelling bee in print dates back to 1850, although an earlier name, spelling match, has been traced back to 1808. A key impetus for the contests was Noah Webster’s spelling books. First published in 1786 and known colloquially as “The Blue-backed Speller,” Webster’s spelling books were an essential part of the curriculum of all elementary school children in the United States for five generations. Now the key reference for the contests is the Merriam-Webster unabridged dictionary.
The United States National Spelling Bee was started in 1925 by The Courier-Journal, the newspaper of Louisville, Kentucky. In 1941, the Scripps Howard News Service acquired sponsorship of the program, and the name changed to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee (later simply “Scripps National Spelling Bee”). As well as covering the 50 U.S. states, several competitors also come from Canada, the Bahamas, New Zealand and Europe.
In the United States, spelling bees are annually held from local levels up to the level of the Scripps National Spelling Bee which awards a cash prize to the winner. The National Spelling Bee is sponsored by English-language newspapers and educational foundations; it is also broadcast on ESPN. Since 2006, the National Spelling Bee’s championship rounds have been broadcast on ABC live. In 2005, contestants came from the Bahamas, Jamaica, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Canada, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and a German military base, as well as the United States. This was the first year that spellers from Canada and New Zealand attended the competition. The final authority for words is the Merriam-Webster unabridged dictionary, the Webster’s Third New International Dictionary. The annual study list is available from Scripps, either online or in print.