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16-Year-Old Student, Jemimah Marcus Emerges Lagos State Governor For One Day

Jemimah Marcus, who won the Lagos State Spelling Bee competition, will become a one-day governor.

A 16-year-old pupil of Angus Memorial Senior High School, Jemimah Marcus, will become the governor of Lagos State for one-day after she won the state’s Spelling Bee competition.

16-Year-Old Student, Jemimah Marcus Emerges Lagos State Governor For One Day 1

Marcus, who emerged winner on Tuesday after a fierce battle with other students, was presented with a cash sum of N250,000 at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa secretariat, Ikeja, where the grand finale took place.

Ajose Sotin of Topo Senior Grammar School, Badagry, was the first runner-up and got N150,000, while Rhema Edeh of Denton Junior Grammar School, Ebute-Metta, was the second runner-up, with a cash prize of N100,000.

While congratulating the pupils, the state Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, advised them to commit more energy and time to their studies.

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She said, “As it is the practice, the one-day governor will be awarded the Lagos State Government’s scholarship to pursue any course of his or her interest in any university in the country. He/she and the ‘cabinet’ will also attend various cultural exchange programmes.”

Adefisayo thanked the New Era Foundation, pioneered by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, for initiating the competition.

The Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, commended the pupils for their resilience.

KanyiDaily had also reported how a Nigerian girl simply identified as Izoduwa emerged winner of 2019 school’s spelling bee competition in the United States.

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