UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has announced call for entries for the 2016 edition of its annual National Essay Competition.
Ijeoma Aso, the Managing Director/CEO of UBA Foundation, who announced this last weekend, said the essay competition provides an opportunity for students in senior secondary schools in Nigeria to win prizes in form of educational grants.
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.
The second and third prizes are N750,000 and N500,000 educational grants respectively.
Aso explained that the competition was part of the Foundation’s initiative to promote creative and analytical thinking among senior secondary students in Nigeria and across Africa and a follow up on the Foundation’s Read Africa initiative, which promotes reading culture among students through mentoring and free distribution of Africa literary classics in secondary schools.
The national essay competition is also held in Ghana and Senegal.
Entries received 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.
A second round of the competition will involve the 12 finalists who will write a second supervised essay from which three best essays will be selected.
“Three best essays will be selected as the overall winners from 12 finalists that will emerge from the first round of the competition” said Aso.