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. National Champions also win an all-expenses-paid trip to represent Nigeria at the African Spelling Bee.
Our vision is to contribute to the education of the entire youths of Nigeria.
We are improving Reading & Spelling Performance of Nigerian students while maintaining our language!
If we are God’s chance to bear this dream to life, then we can!
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 strengthens 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.