Years back, even before I joined my local bee, I used to watch in awe of spellers who take on the big Scripps stage, sailing effortlessly through rounds of spelling words that I never heard of. If anyone told me that a few years later, I’d be on that same stage representing a whole continent, and even meeting some of the spellers I used to watch, I wouldn’t believe it! My time in USA should be one of my most unforgettable moments. I loved meeting and interacting with fellow participants. The icing on the cake for me was my documented journey on CNN’s African Voices. Despite being a one-time participant, the one thing I’ve taken from the bee is persistence. Seeing some of the spellers come back every year to earn the spot is a trait I definitely have to acquire. Most importantly, I’m thankful for the amazing friends I’ve gotten to know through the bee.