About us!

African Spelling Bee

The African Spelling Bee was founded in 2016 by 10 Spelling Bee organisations from Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe and they had the very first African Spelling Bee in the same year in Johannesburg, South Africa, bringing together 27 National Champions from each of the countries to participate.

The African Spelling Bee was started with a vision of celebrating the African Child, inspiring them them to be literate and creating a platform for them to connect and build their confidence. We are 100% sure that the future belongs to these children, and we are determined to create a space for them to flourish and become the Africa we want to see. We strongly believe that through the African Spelling Bee, we shall be able to promote a learning environment where every child gets to develop life lasting skills that will enable them to grow into credible change agents and authentic leaders.

Together, country spelling bees, we have reached and impacted over 10 million learners across the continent through national spelling competitions, teacher trainings and reading interventions among other literacy interventions.

Our Vision

An Africa where the Children are Inspired, Literate, Confident and Connected.

Our Mission

To Design and Promote a supportive and positive learning platform in which every Child has the opportunity to develop life lasting skills which foster self confidence and personal growth through Spelling Bees.

Our Collective


  • To improve literacy and academic excellence.
  • To build and sustain a reading culture.
  • To develop self-esteem, confidence & interpersonal skills.
  • To develop human capital through capacity building.
  • To promote community based partnerships.
  • To Celebrate the cultural diversity and unity of the African Child.
African Spelling Bee

Executive Council

The African Spelling Bee Consortium’s Executive Council is comprised of highly motivated individuals with decades of combined experience in running educational and non-profit organizations in their respective countries.


Aaron Kirunda


Tshepang Thibedi


Roger Dickinson
(South Africa)


Joshua Modebe

Organizing Secretary

Abiye Tekle

Executive Member

Kennedy Odoyo