Eleven-year-old Naa Koshie Manyo-Plange who has won the latest Ghana Spelling Bee says she read a lot of books to broaden her vocabulary.
Ms Koshie tells BBC Focus on Africa her parents encouraged her and she watched the movie Akeelah and the Bee to learn from the starring.
"We had training and we were given a certain group of words to study, so we had to study them and come with about 100 words from that group," she says.
The national finals were held last weekend with 60 competitors all hoping to win the coveted trophy and cash prize of around $1,700 (£1,200).
"I think its important to take part in something like the spelling bee - because if you lose it helps you to be a good loser and when you win it helps you not gloat, and builds resilience because it makes you want to come back for more," she says.
Germany to halt border travel: Latest from around Europe
Germany is to ban travel from Austria’s Tyrol region as well as Czech border areas from Sunday without a negative test, but commercial links will continue. Austrian police halted travel out of the Tyrol last night without a negative test, because of a surge in cases of the South African coronavirus variant. But Czech MPs have refused to back an extension of a state of emergency so it will end at midnight on Sunday.
France is worried about an outbreak of South African and Brazilian variants in the north-east Moselle region. Health minister Olivier Véran says the situation is worrying and he’s heading there today.
Poland is reopening swimming pools and ski slopes today and allowing hotels, cinemas and theatres to start up again at 50% capacity. Authorities already reopened museums and shopping centres on 1 February and they want to give the new relaxation two weeks to assess its effect. Another 7,008 infections were reported yesterday.
Dutch policing unions are worried about a potential surge of skaters this weekend on the country’s frozen lakes and canals. Crowds were reported around some lakes yesterday – attracted by the big freeze - and some 500 people were told to leave a park in the eastern city of Nijmegen.
But Portugal’s state of emergency is to stay until 1 March. And the lockdown will carry on at least until the end of next month, according to Prime Minister António Costa. He says the situation is extremely serious and it’s "premature" to talk about easing restrictions.
They were jailed during violent protests over the death of an Oromo musician.
'When are you getting married?'
The Comb podcast
The pressure to marry is something many people know only too well.
“It's coming from family, friends, people you work with, people you go to church with - and It can be quite intrusive," says 27-year-old lawyer Ebunoluwa Tengbe.
Colleagues in her office in Freetown often tell her she spends too much time working and should be out meeting people instead.
“I am happy - I don’t feel incomplete, until those questions start coming up so often that you start to doubt yourself," says the young Sierra Leonean.
It's a similar story in Tanzania, says journalist and media entrepreneur Tulanana Bohela.
On one occasion after a workshop, a client questioned why Ms Bohela wasn't married and suggested she become "softer" and "more humble" to bag a husband. She’s also had an aunt publicly pray for her to find a husband at a family reunion.
"I’m one of very few cousins or family members to have not moved from my father's house to another man's house," she tells The Comb.
Instead the 33-year-old lives alone, which she says raises eyebrows in her "conservative" country. She'll often tell people she lives with her brother to put them at ease.
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The Central African Republic (CAR) says its army - along with Russian and Rwandan allies - has recaptured the western border town of Beloko from rebels.
Several groups that have controlled most of the country for the last eight years formed an alliance in December, and started a rebellion to try to seize power.
The recapture of Beloko opens a key supply route that had been blocked since December, the AFP news agency reports.
"After the towns of Boali, Bossembele, Bossemptele, Yaloke and Bouar, the Central African Armed Forces (Faca) and their Russian and Rwandan allies liberated the town of Beloko, thereby opening the national road to Cameroon," the government said on Facebook.
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