This Is How Ghana’s Afua Advanced To Spelling Bee Finals In The US


Good news to Ghanaians, Afua Ansah, winner of the 2016 Spelling Bee national contest in Ghana, has made the top 45 finals of the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee in the USA.

This makes her the first ever Ghanaian to get to the US spelling bee finals.

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Afua, a native of Accra has suddenly gotten to the spot light for making her country proud, by advancing to the almighty final stage at the US spelling bee finals.

Though overwhelmed with joy, Afua Ansah was still humbled by her incredible achievement. According to reports, after being crowned as Ghana’s first ever finalist, and on stage holding Ghana’s flag, she politely answered questions from reporters.

This must be fulfilling for young Afua as this happens to be her first trip ever to the United States. Speaking to the press, she tried to make us understand what it felt like to be in her shoes. “It felt incredibly exciting, it was beyond my wildest dreams, to finally make it on my first try,” she said.

Afua who was so proud of herself said she felt like the ambassador of Ghana. Ghana must be very proud of Afua, especially as the country is said to have one of the worst female literacy rates in the world at 71.4 percent.

According to her coach, he took it upon himself to give her tough learning tasks which in turn paid off. Bearing in minding how the country has been stereotyped in terms of education, Afua’s coach said he told her that “Children in America are no different than children around the world“,  and that the only difference is that Ghana is poorer at reading and writing.

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After nearly getting all spellings correctly during her written exam on Tuesday, Afua easily spelled ‘hauberk’ and ‘senescent’ on Wednesday. She was one of 177 people to spell both words correctly on Wednesday, but based on examination of spellers on Tuesday, she earned the second-highest score going into Wednesday.

It is said that spellers love music a lot, and Afua’s love for music has equally proven that. She said her favourite artists are Adele, Beyonce and Taylor Swift.

Well then, could Ghana possibly win the trophy at the US spelling bee finals? I guess we’ll have to find out. Afua, and the other 44 finalists, will take the stage at 10 a.m. Eastern, or 2 p.m. Ghana Time, on Thursday.

The beginning of the finals will be televised on ESPN2 and continued at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Watch and support Ghana.