Having won this year’s Spelling Bee competition, organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Education, 16-year-old Bukola Zoffun, a senior secondary school student of Awodi-Ora Secondary High School Ajegunle, Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area, has emerged as One-Day Governor in Lagos state. According to Bukola who wants to become a lawyer, her tenure will be use to champion the course for girl child education in the state, and according to her the exposure from the competition will help her achieve her dream.
“I have put in my best effort to have been selected at the preliminary level and here I am today a proud winner.” “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.
“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.”
She praised her teachers for helping to prepare her and other pupils from her school that participated, saying that the participants have gone through vigorous training in the last six months. Lagos State Deputy Governor Dr Idiat Adebule said the competition is getting better each year due to the effort of the teachers and the government’s investment in the education. Tutor General/Permanent Secretary Education District V, Mrs Anike Adekanye, lauded the state government for the initiative which she said has assisted public schools’ pupils.
She said the teachers and staff of the school work so heard with the pupils, adding that the effort of their hard work has paid off with two of the students from the district wining the first and second positions. While the winner of the competition will be crowned One-Day Governor as well as a cheque of N250,000, the first and second runners-up – 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.