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Our Daughter is Her School’s Spelling Bee Champion!

By Farooq Kperogi Twitter: @farooqkperogi Yesterday, our second daughter, Maryam, won her school’s Spelling Bee competition and will now rep...

By Farooq Kperogi

Twitter: @farooqkperogi

Yesterday, our second daughter, Maryam, won her school’s Spelling Bee competition and will now represent her school at the County Spelling Bee next year. 

About 40 students, including our son, Adam, participated in the contest, which involved more than 20 rounds of spelling progressively difficult words. Adam came 6th.

I was a nervous wreck particularly when Maryam made it to the final round-- along with three other smart students. Adam confidently said, “Maryam will win this!”

 In the final 17th round, Maryam correctly spelled her word and the second student standing got hers wrong. I thought that was the last round.

But the teacher said they would now go to the “Championship Round,” and the student who lost to her in the final round was a contestant! I almost got out of my chair to protest, but my wife restrained me.🤣 Maryam walloped the student in three more rounds yet again!

Maryam has always been a child brainiac. If I had half her precocity, I would have conquered the world. She wants to be a medical doctor, is a straight A student, and performs in the 99th percentile of all national standardized tests she takes. She makes us very proud.

All credit for her performance at the Spelling Bee goes to my wife, Maureen E Kperogi, who encouraged her and Adam to enter the contest and helped them study for it.

Abeg make una help me congratulate Maryam o!


  1. Lol! For the first time I heard pidgin English from you; which is a pointer to the fact that you are truly son of the soil.

  2. Maryam, I don't expect anything less. Congratulations! Prof, you couldn't have given birth to "something" not you.

  3. This indeed is a victory for us; Nigerians and her fathers followers. I hope she conquers it again. Congratulations Mairo!

  4. Congratulations Maryam. May Allah see you through.

  5. Rather, l say 'Congrats' to the 'Kperogi' family for being favoured by Allah to same your traducers at every turn. May Allah bless you the more .

  6. Congratulations Mariam, Adam and all the Kperogis.

  7. Wow!
    Congratulations to the entire family.
    Mariam will win more accolades inshallah.

  8. Maryam is indeed a smart cookie! I wish you many more successes in your academic pursuits. Congratulations to the Kperogis!

  9. Congratulations Maryam and congratulations to you sir. Wish her greater progress in her endeavours, and may she continue to make us all proud.

  10. Well done, Maureen. The hand that rocks the cradle. 🙌🏾

  11. Adorable family. Congratulations Maryam!

  12. Congratulations to you and your family, Maryam is wonderful and I God will see her through iin the coming context. To your wife as well I say Weldon mummy, lol

  13. Congratulations beautiful Maryam and Adam. I wish you all success. I also, want to say a huge "thank you" to Farooq for all those therapeutic articles. I shared all your opinions. May Allah's protection always be with you and your family, amiin.


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