Bukola Zoffun, a 16-year-old female student of the Awodi-Ora Secondary School Ajegunle, who emerged as winner in this year’s
Spelling Bee competition is to be a governor of Lagos State for one day. She was also rewarded with the the
sum of N250,000.
Speaking to reporters, Bukola said: “I have put in my
best effort to have been selected at the preliminary level and here I am
today a proud winner.”
She aspires to become a lawyer and
expressed hopes that winning the competition will give her the exposure
needed to realise her dream.
“I am very happy to be part of this
competition, and I can tell you that this has given me great exposure
that will help me to achieve my dream of becoming a lawyer,” she said.
“As the winner of the competition, I will have the opportunity to be the
One-Day Governor, and I will equally use this platform to promote the
need for girl child education, because what I have learnt so far is that
every child has a right to education.”
The Lagos State Deputy
Governor Dr Idiat Adebule, represented by the Chairman, Lagos State
House of Assembly Committee on Education, Mr Lanre Ogunyemi, said the
competition gets better each year because of the effort of the teachers
and the government’s investment in the education. She hailed the courage
and boldness exhibited by the participants and said the government will
introduce more curriculums to improve their learning standard, adding
that government will not relent in its effort to reposition educational
The first and second runners-up in this year’s Spelling
Bee competition, Miss Rosemary Ogidan of Methodist Senior High School,
Badagry and Master Philip Daniel of Yewa Senior High school, Agege, got
cash prizes of N150,000 and N100,000 respectively.