Straight from the Southern Region few days ago, the National Spell Master spelling Bee Season 4 descended to Mzuzu on Saturday, 21st November, 2015 where 91 spellers from different schools including Mzuzu and Mzimba battled it out.
Ekwendeni Girls Secondary School had an improptu participation as they came across the funny and interesting competition on their way to a netball game against Luwinga Secondary School.
They however pleaded with the organizers to give them a chance to participate in which only four students were given a nod.
According to Lewis Mbaula who is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Spell Master Media, the Ekwendeni students arrived the moment the bee was about to start.
“They pleaded with the bee organisers to allow them to put their netball game on hold and let the girls take part in the exiting fun but educational activity.
“After consultations and further discussion, they were allowed to register four students and at the end of the day the girls put up a wonderful performance and qualified them to the next round of the bee,” said Mbaula.
The show was however not spared from dramatic moment as the audience was sent into laughter when one of the competitors was asked to spell the word ‘ambush’.
The speller immediately got into stitches of laughter prompting the Chief Pronouncer to ask him what he was laughing at but he didn’t reveal and eventually got his word spelt as ‘amboosh’.
The youngest speller in the Mzuzu spelling bee was six year old Cazundra Maloya from Hilltop primary school who showed much confidence and passion to spell on a big stage in front of cameras.
At the end of the day Kasasa Primary school, Hilltop, Jerusalem and Lunyang’wa primary schools made it to the regional bee in the Junior category while St Peters and Luwinga secondary schools of Mzuzu and Ekwendeni Girls Secondary school of Mzimba made it to the regional bee.
However there was high spelling failure rate during the bee among most students that exposed the gravity of lack of reading culture and vocabulary depth.
The next spelling bee takes place in Lilongwe at the Lilongwe International Academy on Sunday, 29th November.
The top three spellers of each junior and senior categories shall represent Malawi at the African Invitational Spelling Bee in RSA in May next year and at the SADC International Spelling Bee in Botswana in July next year respectively.
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