14-year-old girl to become MTN Nigeria’s CEO for a day after winning spelling bee

Eberechukwu Etike
14 year-old girl wins the 2022 MTN Spelling Bee, becomes CEO for a day
14 year-old girl wins the 2022 MTN Spelling Bee, becomes CEO for a day

The 2022 edition of the MTN mPulse Spelling Bee organised by the telecommunication provider MTN Nigeria has finally ended.

This third edition had over 11,000 participants, with kids from ages 9 to 15 buying for the ultimate prize, but only 20 contestants qualified for the final round. 14-year-old Kate Ene David emerged as the competition’s winner after correctly spelling the word “acquiesce” in the finale.

The 14-year-old girl who is a student of Intimacy With Christ International School, Mararaba, Nasarawa State, will become MTN Nigeria CEO for a day, assuming leadership of the telecommunication network.

Speaking on Kate’s big win, Esther Akinnukawe, the Chief Human Resource Officer of MTN Nigeria, said,

Congratulations to Kate for emerging the champion. I want to thank and commend every participant for showing up. Showing up is a winning quality, and I admire your courage in standing in front of the audience to represent yourself, your parent, and your school. We are thrilled to have such a large turnout, and we are more confident to carry on this educative initiative.

Other winners included Agbo Divine Capable, from Intimacy with Christ International School, Nasawara State, who emerged as the first runner-up.

Following him is the second runner-up Okechukwu Rejoice representing Glorious covenant school, Rivers State, and Daniel Ann, the third runner-up, who is a student of Glorious Covenant School Rivers State.

The competition was held in a hybrid format – the first two rounds were on the mPulse website, while the grand finale, which was physical, took place in Lagos on November 19.

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MTN Nigeria promotes students’ academic excellence

14-year-old girl to become MTN Nigeria's CEO for a day after winning spelling bee
14 year-old girl wins the 2022 Spelling Bee, becomes CEO for a day

MTN Nigeria has long been a promoter of upscaling young minds. The MTN mPulse Spelling Bee Competition is one of the many initiatives.

It is focused on promoting digital literacy, sharpening students’ comprehension, vocabulary, and academic excellence, and empowering the nation’s educational sector.

Speaking about the platform and its benefits to society, Adia Sowho, the Chief Marketing Officer, explained that this initiative presented a platform for these young minds to develop and maximize their potential. She said,

Promoting digital education is one way in which we can encourage people to embrace the digital space and enjoy the benefits and convenience that come with it. This is why MTN mPulse continues to engage with young people through the website, which has a vast variety of educational content, enabling them to learn, play and shine

Kate Ene David, the winner, was awarded a N2.5 million scholarship grant, a laptop, a smartphone, and an MTN goody bag in addition to being the company’s CEO for a day. Other finalists were rewarded with prizes valued at over N5.7 million and consolidation packages.

MTN will also award a N350,000 grant and state-of-the-art ICT devices to the English teachers and the school of the winner.

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