UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has announced the call for entries.
According to them the essay competition which is put together for senior secondary school students is organized as part of the UBA Foundation’s Education initiative to promote a reading culture and encourage healthy and intellectual competition amongst secondary school students in Nigeria and across Africa.
Chief executive officer of UBA Foundation, Mrs. Bola Atta, who announced the call for entries, said the essay competition provides an opportunity for students to win prizes in the form of educational grants to help them realize their goals in life.
“We are well aware that if you help get one child educated, you help support an entire family as that child will eventually positively impact his/her community.
The competition is a key aspect of our investment drive in human capital and we will continue to sustain the initiative because education is very important to UBA and we are more than committed to providing the necessary support for students in Nigeria and throughout the African continent,” she noted.
Atta also explained that each year, the bank donates thousands of books to students in Nigeria and other parts of Africa, under the ‘Read Africa’ initiative to encourage and promote the reading culture in secondary schools.
“We are driven by the mantra to do well and do good, and we will not relent in our efforts at touching lives through our various projects, and initiatives,” she told the excited students.
According to her, the first prize for the UBA National Essay Competition is a N1 million educational grant for the winner to study in any African university of his or her choice while the second and third prizes are N750, 000 and N500, 000 educational grants respectively.
She explained that entries received from students for the competition will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges made up of professors from reputable Nigerian Universities, who will then shortlist 12 best essays for further assessment.