15-year old Omoyeni IbukunOluwa wins Int’l Spelling contest

Picture showing Ibukun and A’ishat with Professor Soyinka and President Goodluck.

After correctly spelling 37 words live
on-stage, 15 year-old Ibukun
Omoyeni of Prince of Glory College,
Lagos, spelt the word myxomatosis to
win the 2012 edition of Spellbound
Africa recently held at Abuja. He beat
children from 13 other states and the
FCT to successfully defend the Title
won by Gbemileke Oyefeso also of
Lagos State in 2011.
In second position was 12 year old
Hauwa’u Lawal of Jigawa State
Academy For the Gifted and Talented,
Bamaina. She spelt 37 words
correctly. Adaeze Williams of Divine
Mercy Secondary School, Abuja came
third, while Olivia Okechukwu of
Community Senior Secondary school
Oyingbo, Rivers State, came fourth.
The children studied 3,000 english
words for 3 months from which
words were chosen for them to spell.
Words like phantasmagoria,
arteriosclerosis, neuroinformatics,
discombobulated, higgledy-piggledy
etc were spelt.
At this event, the Guest of Honour,
the Governor of Jigawa State,
represented by Alhaji Isa Audu,
received the annual SUPER-DAD
AWARD from organisers of the
competition Ski-Hi Entertainment for
his contribution to education in
Jigawa State. He restated his
commitment to education as a
means of preparing the young
generation for the challenges ahead
of them. Aero Contractors also
received the Most Supportive &
Reliable Brand Award 2012 for
consistently supporting this project.
Spellbound Africa is an annual
spelling competition for children
studying in the English-speaking
African countries. It is for children
between 10 and 15 years old and has
run for four years now.
The Chief Executive of Ski-Hi
Entertainment, Mr. Ifeanyi Ogbu,
called on corporate brands and
media houses to consider sponsoring
academic events like this if Nigeria is
to have any hope of prosperity in
future. He also, pointed out that
football, music or acting is not the
only war to fame and fortune; but
that everyone should cooperate to
present academic excellence as a
sustainable route to the top.
15 States of the federation as well as
Ghana and Sierra Leone participated
in the 2012 edition of Spellbound

IbukunOluwa with his just-earned trophy.

Posting on his wall on facebook, IbukunOluwa said; ” I tried to remember 34 words from the
manual, which I was asked to spell. In no
particular order, they are;
1. Speleology
2. Dyspepsia
3. Pusillanimous
4. Protuberance
5. Anthropomorphism
6. Psephology
7. Ptomaine
8. Ulaanbaatar
9. Baksheesh
10. Aetiology
11. Quinquagesima
12. Thingamajig
13. Insouciance
14. Rhubarb
15. Sarajevo
16. Kanchenjunga
17. Chappaquiddick
18. Chimichurri
19. Formaldehyde
20. Phishing
21. Surreptitious
22. Mnemonic
23. Salopettes
24. Chrysanthemum
25. Asphyxiate
26. Ionosphere
27. Quadriplegic
28. Synaesthesia
29. Tagliatelle
30. Bougainvillea
31. Psoriasis
32. Philology
33. Kookaburra
34. Myxomatosis ”

Hmmn. How many of those do you know how to spell?
Actually, Ibukun and I are friends, and we both participated in the 2010) edition. I would have applied again in 2011 if not for the fact that I was a school leaver then.



S.A.G.A.S.E.N.S.I.S.M.: an abstract


SAGASENSISM: an abstract.

Sagasensism is a word coined from two Latin words: sagac meaning keen and foresighted judgement and sensus meaning to feel or perceive.

Sagasensism can therefore be defined as an enquiry into the  world of existence and reality, through the use of both the senses and a deep foresighted ability to judge.

It is the rational study of the metaphysical world, with the aid of logic.

It may also be referred to as the epistemological justification of knowledge of facts beyond physical perception through the application of human senses and a deep sagacity.

Sagasensism is an offshoot of Perceptionism. It might be seen as a slight perversion of it.

This philosophy is borne out of the belief that ‘unobservables’, i.e. objects that cannot be directly perceived, can constitute knowledge, both certain and probable. But of course, we can only sagasensistcally conclude that a thing exists if and only if there is ample observable evidence to prove such existence.

It is also based on the rule that if the existence of a thing is the only [logical] explanation for a state of reality, then that thing is presumed to actually exist as long as it is the only available justification for the existence of the state.

This technique is often utilised in the aspect of criminology and crime solving. Detectives, when investigating a crime, at times can tell with certainty who is culpable and who is not despite the fact that they were not at the scene where the crime was committed. They gather clues, formulate theories, study facts and evidences until they are led to their desired answer. Someone, who is familiar with detective stories such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes or TV series of the mentalist, would better understand this.


Instances of applying Sagasensism:

  1.  A man is shipwrecked onto an island. He lives there alone for years, knowing her ins and outs. Then one day, he finds a fresh trail of gigantic foot-prints that could not possibly belong to even bigfoot, the mythical creature. Albeit he did not see one, he would logically and sagasensistically deduce that a huge, non-human creature is sharing the island with him. But to suggest that the creature fell from the sky, has a large set of teeth or can become invisible is beyond the ambit of Sagasensism.
  2. Another example is a scenario whereby one is journeying through a thick forest. Then at a point, one sees a wide well-weeded maize plantation. One does not need special powers to infer from this that there exists a farmer who is responsible for the plantation. THAT is certain knowledge, even though it cannot be empirically verified. But to say there is a village nearby, using only this observable scene as evidence is not sagasensistically acceptable. At best, it is highly probable.


In the same vein, if one sees a shoe, one will automatically know there is a shoemaker. If one sees an item of furniture, one will know there exists a carpenter. And if we see a clothe perfectly designed, our sagacity makes us aware of the inevitable existence of a seamstress. There is no effect without an initial cause. And nothing can exist out of nothing i.e. without a maker or manufacturer.


This school of thought may also be applied to the problem of the existence of God, soul, ghosts and other beings. It is true that no man has physically seen God. But are there no observable objects that point to his existence? It appears to me there are …

<<<to be continued>>>