16-year-old student becomes Lagos one-day governor

A student of Angus Memorial Senior High School Jemimah Marcus will become a one-day governor of Lagos after winning the state’s Spelling Bee competition.

Marcus, 16, emerged winner on Tuesday after a fierce contest with other students.

She was presented with a cash sum of N250,000 at the grand finale held at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa secretariat, Ikeja.

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.

Commissioner for Education Folasade Adefisayo congratulatied the winners and advised them to commit more energy and time to their studies.

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.

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