Lead sponsor of the Spelling Bee competition in Lagos State, Dufil Prima Foods, makers of Indomie noodles, has lauded the winner of the 2017 Lagos State spelling bee competition, Miss Zoffun Bukola, for the exceptional brilliance displayed during the competition just as it urged authorities to make the event national.
Â According to the company, the contest would be more interesting and gain more attention if efforts are directed towards accommodating the entire 36 states of the country, such that there is Nigerian Spelling Bee competition, where winners could be selected on national basis.
Â Bukola, 13, beat other 112 finalists from Â the six educational districtsÂ in Lagos State to emerge the 17th winner of the competition which has fetched her a life time scholarship in herÂ educational pursuits.
Â In addition to the scholarship prize, the 13-year old winner who is a student of Â Awodiora Senior Secondary School, also went away with N250,000 cash prize, a trophy, an all-expense paid trip to Finland and the 2017 one day Governor in Lagos State.
Â The Â Group Managing Director of Dufil Prima Foods Plc., Mr. Deepak Singhal commended Lagos State government for the sustainability of the initiative as well as the 2017 champion whose success he said was enviable and worth celebrating.
Â He said, â€œHer ability to win the competition showed that anything is achievable and we believe that her story would motivate and inspire other young people especially those limited by their background or other factors. Bukolaâ€™s sterling performance should tell our children and indeed all of us that our success lies onÂ our strong determination and not by our background.
Also speaking, Group Public Relations and Events Manager of Indomie, Mr. Tope Ashiwaju, stated that the company was proud to have associated with such an educational initiative which was believed to be the bedrock of development in the country.
â€œIn addition to the prize from the state, we will also be hosting the one day governorÂ who has automatically become Indomie brand ambassador in our office soonest, while the last six contestants will enjoy our product supply for a period of one yearâ€, he stated.
Â Asiwaju also pledged that the company would continue to support the initiative asÂ long as it was sustained and other educational projects that would stir development in the country.
Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Mr. Lanre Ogunyemi, explained that the challenge aimed to develop the innate skills of pupils and students, adding that it had been able to fulfil the ultimate goal of creating healthy rivalry among students as well as drawing out their intellectual capabilities.