13th - 16th July, 2016


Johannesburg, South Africa




27 Champions

About Us / African Spelling Bee consortium

The African Spelling Bee is a consortium of 10 Spelling Bee organisations from Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Together we have reached and impacted over 5 million learners across the continent through national spelling competitions, teacher trainings and reading interventions among other literacy interventions.

This team of literacy enthusiasts have come together to improve literacy and unlock our children’s imaginations on the continent, through creating the very first African Spelling Bee in July 2016.

The competition will involve the Top 3 finalists from every Country’s National Spelling Bee Championship. The grand prize is a fully paid under-graduate tuition scholarship to attend Monash South Africa

Enhancing Literacy / By the books

This year, the African Spelling Bee is enhancing literacy by promoting two books as part of the competition. These are; ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell and ‘folktales From Africa’ by an African Author.

Speller Profiles / From accross Africa

Planned Schedule / Week long

Welcome Dinner

Delegates would be hosted to a welcome dinner by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.


Preparation, rules, orientation and tracksuit/t-shirt fitting at KHS

Presentation & Exhibition

In celebration of holding this exciting event held in  Mandela Month, Spell it and MSA have partnered with the Ducere Foundation to produce a Mandela Legacy special edition of the African Children’s Stories collection. The publication involves stories , poems and pictures from 10 South African schools to produce this beautiful tribute to the legacy of Nelson Mandela. The Book launch will take place on the 14th July at the Africa Spelling Bee educational exhibition.


Rehersals at the NEDBANK AUDITORIUM, 135 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg, SA. The Nedbank Auditorium is located in the hub of Sandton in Rivonia Road and has a capacity of 240 seats.

Mandela Home Visit

The delegates from all over Africa would embark on an educational trip to the famous 8115, Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, Soweto; the residence of the former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

Jhb CBD Tour

A tour of Johannesburg Central Business District


The Championship event will hold at: NEDBANK HEAD OFFICE AUDITORIUM, 135 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg, SA. The Nedbank Auditorium is located in the hub of Sandton in Rivonia Road and has a capacity of 240 seats.

Movie Trip

An educational movie trip for spellers.

Updates & Gallery / Follow the events

My Experience by: Morapeli Ts’eou

My experience in Johannesburg was very exciting. Being part of the first awesome 27 to take part in the African Spelling Bee was a very big honour. Also being the first from Lesotho to make it to the championship round felt like

My Experience by: Jesse Oghenekaro Azaino

My visit to Johannesburg for African Spelling Bee was a big honour, and it was made special by the wonderful mentors especially Kim, Mpho, and Lonene-all of whom I was very close to. Also, my stay at Krugersdorp was very memorable and

Event FAQS / find your answers

The African Spelling Bee championship is organized by the African Spelling Bee Consortium. A joint action of 10 Spelling Bee organizations from across Africa who have positively impacted the lives of over 5million African children through their various educational programs. Contact:
C/O, Spell It,
RandPark Ridge,
Johannesburg, South Africa. +277 2707 6115
[email protected]
The grand prize for the African Spelling Bee Championship is a full undergraduate Scolarship at Monash South Africa, valued at about $20,000 (Twenty Thousand US Dollars). Other exciting prizes would also be awarded to our outstanding spellers.
This first edition of the African Spelling Bee would see top spellers from 9 different African countries from all the regions of Africa participating for the bee. These countries include Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, South AFrica and Uganda.
The African Spelling Bee Consortium aims at reaching the whole of the African Continent, including your country. there is a high chance that your country would be represented next year at the championship. Please contact your local spelling bee organization for more details.

Event Sponsors / Partners


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