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[toggle title=”WHO ORGANIZES THE NIGERIA SPELLING BEE COMPETITION?” state=”opened”]The competition is organised by the Bee Spelling Competition Initiative, an NGO duly registered by with the CAC and endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Education to carry out the Nigeria Spelling Bee and send Spellers to represent Nigeria at international literary competitions such as the African Spelling Bee. The organisation is also in working relationship with the Ministry of Information and Culture.
[toggle title=”HOW CAN I SPONSOR AN EVENT?“]the Nigeria Spelling Bee is open to sponsorship from corporate organizations and individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of the next generation of Nigerians. Visit our sponsorship page for more details.
[toggle title=”HOW CAN I JOIN?” ]You can participate in the Nigeria Spelling Bee by registering online on www.NigeriaSpellingBee.com/register as long as you meet the criteria. Click Here for the criteria.
The competition is open to all students in Nigeria within the criteria, both Spellers registering under their schools or registered by parents.
[toggle title=”WHAT IS THE AGE LIMIT / CATEGORIES?” ]There are two distinct categories of the Nigeria Spelling Bee. These are:
Senior spellers must not be more than 16years as at November 2019.
The advised minimum age for the Senior category is 13years (this is not a restriction to younger outstanding spellers).
Junior spellers must not be more than 13years as at November 2019.
The advised minimum age for the Junior category is 9years (this is not a restriction to younger outstanding spellers).
Juniors compete for the Junior prizes and to represent Nigeria at the African Spelling Bee. However, to compete for the N1million Naira Senior Prize, a speller below 13years must register and compete as a senior.
[toggle title=”MY STUDENT IS A YOUNG SPELLER, CAN I ENROLL HIM FOR THE SENIOR CATEGORY?” ]Yes, you can. However, note that a young speller in the senior category cannot switch categories later in the competition.
[toggle title=”WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION COST?” ]Registration for the competition is ₦2000 only per student. Registration fee is to be paid at any branch of FirstBank Nig., Account number 2022981198 (Bee Spelling Competition Initiative). Payment can also be made with ATM Card online from HERE.
After payment, visit the registration portal to fill in the details of the speller. A confirmation slip will be presented after registration. Spellers are expected to submit their confirmation slips during accreditation on the competition day.
[toggle title=”HOW MANY STUDENTS CAN REGISTER FROM MY SCHOOL?” ]There are no upper or lower limits to the number of Spellers from a school. All students have the opportunity to contest in the Nigeria Spelling Bee as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.
Schools are advised to avail the same opportunity to all interested students.
[toggle title=”ARE THERE ANY DISCOUNTS?” ]Schools registering more than 10 Spellers stand to register one speller for free per 10 Spellers paid for. Schools only need to make a bulk payment in the name of the school for all Spellers except one for every 10.
i.e., ABC School only pays ₦20,000 for 11 spellers; or ₦24,000 for 13 students. Schools will need to fill all speller forms with that one teller.
[toggle title=”WHEN IS THE COMPETITION?” ]The competition calendar should reflect the dates, venue and time of the competition across Nigeria.
If your state is not yet listed under ‘upcoming’ or ‘concluded’, it will be communicated to you via SMS once it is confirmed. We advise that you register, download the study guide and start studying or preparing your students.
[toggle title=”HOW CAN MY SCHOOL HOST THE COMPETITION?“]The Nigeria Spelling Bee receives hosting requests from interested schools who wish to host the State or Regional Qualifiers in their school premises.
Please visit our HOSTING page for details and benefits of a host school and to make your request official.
[toggle title=”MY STATE HAS BEEN CONDUCTED, WHAT CAN I DO?” ]If your State Qualifiers has been conducted, you can participate in a neighbouring state in your region. That way, you still get to participate in your Regional Qualifiers.
[toggle title=”CAN WE ATTEND AS OBSERVERS?” ]Yes. We welcome schools or individuals who wish to come to observe and support the Spellers on the competition day. Note that you will be seated as observers on first-come-first-serve bases after participating schools are accommodated.
[toggle title=”WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL DICTIONARY?” ]The official Dictionary for this Season of the competition is the “Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, New 8th Edition, (Windows Application)”. This is the sole source of words and adjudication criteria.
[toggle title=”WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE COMPETITION?” ]Each speller will be expected to appear on the competition day and spell 1word per round.
At the end of the round, spellers who spelt correctly will progress to the next round, this is done until the needed number of Qualifiers emerge in the state or regional level, or until a Champion emerges in the National Finals.
[toggle title=”IS THERE A WORD-LIST?” ]The Nigeria Spelling Bee does not provide a list of English words that will be used in the competition, as we expect spellers to vastly read and not just cram-up words.
Spellers are expected to read broadly and use the study guide as a guide on how words are usually formed based on their origins.
A list containing indigenous words (Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo) is provided for use in the Fun (Non-elimination) round of the contest at State and Regional Qualifiers.
[toggle title=”HOW CAN I GET THE STUDY GUIDE?” ]The study guide is available upon registration for the competition. If for any reason you could not download it after registration, please email [email protected] and request for a copy. State the speller ID of the student in your request.
[toggle title=”MY QUESTION IS NOT ANSWERED ABOVE / I NEED MORE CLARIFICATION.“]If your questions are not captured above or you further need more information, please follow the steps below:
First send a text message (SMS) with your question, stating your location and all your questions to 09056624866. You will receive a reply immediately.
You can also send your enquiry via WhatsApp to 09056624866.
Finally, you can put a call through to 09056624866 during the day or late evening (no odd hours calls please).