Ghana to represent ‘Africa’ in the 2024 Scripps Spelling Bee in USA

Scripps Spelling Bee

This year, Ghana is the only African country to participate in the 96th edition of the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition to take place in the United States of America.


As the only African country in the 2024 Scripps spelling competition, Ghana has been sending spellers to compete in the US for close to 18 years now.

Three spellers Giovanni Adjei, a Christ the King International School pupil, N’Adom Darko-Asare DPS International Ghana and Abena Kwaffo from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Basic School, will represent Ghana in the contest.

Their participation in the upcoming 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee comes after they succeeded in the Ghana version of the spelling competition dubbed The Spelling Bee – Ghana.

Ahead of the upcoming Scripps National Spelling Bee, the Ghanaian and African spellers have embarked on a thank-you tour ahead of their trip to the United States competition; their first stop was the University of Ghana, Legon.

Last Wednesday, the 96th Scripps trio paid a courtesy call to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo who was full of praise, and words of encouragement, and wished them all the best in the contest.

Abena Kwaffo and her colleagues Adelaide and Samuella, all students of KNUST Basic School have also paid a courtesy visit to Mrs Rita Akosua Dickson, Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).


According to organizers of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, a total of 245 spellers have qualified to compete in the 2024 edition of the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition to be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

In a post sighted by, they said the youngest among the spellers is Sanil Thorat, a third grader from Fairfield Elementary Magnet School in Shreveport, Louisiana. Sanil is the only 8-year-old in the national competition.

“We’ll also welcome spellers from Canada, the Bahamas, Germany, Ghana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, not to mention all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” the producers of the Scripps Bee said in a social media post.

The two-night competition will begin with the Semifinals on May 29 at 8 p.m., followed by the Finals Live on May 30 at 8 p.m. ION is available FREE over the air, as well as on most cable, satellite and streaming providers.

The preliminaries will be held on Tuesday, May 28, from 8 a.m. to 7:40 p.m., the quarterfinals will be on Wednesday, May 29, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the semifinals will be on Wednesday, May 29, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the finals will be on Thursday, May 30, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.


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