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Reading: 9-Year-Old Sierra Leonean Isa Lucy Lawson Beat Over 500 Competitors to win the Intercontinental Spelling Bee Championship in Dubai.
Reading: 9-Year-Old Sierra Leonean Isa Lucy Lawson Beat Over 500 Competitors to win the Intercontinental Spelling Bee Championship in Dubai.

9-Year-Old Sierra Leonean Isa Lucy Lawson Beat Over 500 Competitors to win the Intercontinental Spelling Bee Championship in Dubai.

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9-Year-Old Sierra Leonean Isa Lucy Lawson Beat Over 500 Competitors to win the Intercontinental Spelling Bee Championship in Dubai.
9-Year-Old Sierra Leonean Isa Lucy Lawson Beat Over 500 Competitors to win the Intercontinental Spelling Bee Championship in Dubai.

Sierra Leone proudly returned home with two laurels, two certificates, and a trophy after Isa Lucy Lawson, a Grade 9 student at the International School, won Category 6 of the recently-concluded Intercontinental Spelling Bee Championship in Dubai.

 

International Spelling Bee Certificate
International Spelling Bee Certificate

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Despite joint efforts by the organizers to raise fund from education partners and the Ministry of Basic and Secondary School Education to raise funds were all fruitless, Ms. Lawson’s father generously sponsored her full trip.

 

Flight to Dubai
Flight to Dubai

At least 20 contestants represented each country and they were selected after qualifying through district, regional, and national levels. ICBAI (Initiative in Capacity Building Association International) were camped and trained for two weeks with self-raised funds to further the government’s commitment to gender equality and female empowerment. As a result, ICBAI was awarded a commemorative plaque.

Isata Musu Harding CEO & Initiator
Isata Musu Harding CEO & Initiator

The organization is set to partake in another international spelling bee competition in both Ethopia and Dubai as they keep on flying the country’s flag in an excellent fashion.

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Unfortunately, the organization is still struggling to find adequate funds to sustain this project, leaving bright and talented kids to be let down because of a lack of support.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.