Afua Ansah out of Scripps National Spelling Bee

Afua Ansah out of Scripps National Spelling Bee

The 2016 Spelling Bee national winner, Afua Ansah Manukure, has been knocked out of the top 45 finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the USA.

Afua Ansah out of Scripps National Spelling Bee

Afua Ansah Manukure

Afua misspelled "Liechtenstein" and is out, according to a report by spellingbee.com.

Before the finals began, she and her sponsor said they were thrilled to have gotten that far.

"I'm confident. I'm going to try my best. Hopefully, my best should be good enough.I hope I take the crown," Afua said.

She had easily spelled ‘hauberk’ and ‘senescent’ on Wednesday to progress to the final. She was one of 177 to spell both words correctly but based on examination of spellers on Tuesday, she earned the second-highest score going into Wednesday.

Spellers from Ghana had been competing in the bee for nine years, but no one had ever got that far.

Afua’s coach, Emmanual Afful, expressed hope that Afua’s success in the Bee would inspire Ghana.

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