Story teller and Author Gcina Mhlophe also welcomed the spelling bee delegates and presented them with CD’s and Books as a gesture of appreciation for promoting literature.
- Kenya – Asante Sana
- Uganda – Webale inho
- Malawi – Zikomo Kwambiri
- Ethiopia – Amese gnalew
- Zimbabwe – Maitu Basa
- Botswana – Ke a leboga
- Nigeria – Nagode (Hausa), Ndewu (Igbo) and Oshe ( Yoruba)
- Lesotho – Re a leboha
According to Mzansi and Africa spelling bee, this year’s event is the first of many to come, and according to Mofokeng, the aim is to use the power of words to change afro pessimism.
Mofokeng concluded by saying the partnership with the Fund is very progressive, and it reflects the Fund’s philosophy of being an African organisation with an international appeal.