Brilliant 14-year-old Nigerian girl wins spelling bee, earns N2.5 million

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Kate David, a 14-year-old student at Intimacy with Christ International School (CIS) won the fifth edition of the MTN Spelling Bee.

The CIS student in Mararaba, Nasarawa State, was awarded a N2.5 million scholarship after correctly spelling the word ‘accept’ at the end.

He would also become CEO of MTN Nigeria for a day and take over the leadership of the largest telecom network in Africa.

Kate also received a laptop, smartphone, and goodie bag from MTN.

MTN Nigeria’s Director of Human Resources, Esther Akinnukawe, praised the finalists for reaching the final in her closing remarks and in her words,

“Congratulations to Kate on emerging as a champion. I want to thank and congratulate each participant for showing up. Showing up is a winning quality and I admire her courage in standing up in front of the audience to represent herself, her parents and her school.”

MTN will also award a N350,000 grant and state-of-the-art ICT devices to the winner’s English teacher and school respectively.

First, second and third runner-up, Agbo Capable from Intimacy with Christ International School, Nasarawa State, Okechukwu Rejoice representing Glorious Covenant School, Rivers State, and Daniel Ann, a student from Glorious Covenant School Rivers State and other finalists were awarded prizes valued at more than N5.7m.

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