UBA Foun­da­tion opens en­tries for na­tional es­say com­pe­ti­tion

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Kay­ode Ogun­wale, La­gos

UBA Foun­da­tion, the cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity arm of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has an­nounced the open­ing of en­tries for the 2015 edi­tion of its an­nual Na­tional Es­say Com­pe­ti­tion.

Speak­ing at a media brief­ing yesterday in La­gos, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of UBA Foun­da­tion Ms. Ijeoma Aso, an­nounced that the Foun­da­tion will start re­ceiv­ing en­tries from el­i­gi­ble par­tic­i­pants in se­nior sec­ondary schools in Nige­ria.

The brief­ing was at­tended by stu­dents from dif­fer­ent sec­ondary schools in La­gos.

En­tries for the es­say com­pe­ti­tion opened on Septem­ber 30, 2015 and will close on Novem­ber 13, 2015. The es­say topic for this year, ac­cord­ing to Aso, is “What Mat­ters Most To You in Life and Why.”

Aso said the es­say com­pe­ti­tion pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents in se­nior sec­ondary schools in Nige­ria to win prizes in the 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.

Ms. Aso ex­plained

that the com­pe­ti­tion is part of the Foun­da­tion’s ini­tia­tive to pro­mote cre­ative and an­a­lyt­i­cal think­ing in se­nior sec­ondary stu­dents in Nige­ria and a fol­low-up on the Foun­da­tion’s Read Africa ini­tia­tive, which pro­motes read­ing cul­ture among stu­dents through the read­ing and free dis­tri­bu­tion of Africa literary clas­sics in sec­ondary schools. The na­tional es­say com­pe­ti­tion is also held Ghana and Sene­gal.

The top three win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion will win ed­u­ca­tional grants to study in any African univer­sity of their choice.

The Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of UBA Plc, Mr. Phillips Oduoza, rep­re­sented by Mr. Emeke Iw­erie­bor, Deputy CEO, UBA Africa, said the es­say com­pe­ti­tion is UBA’s mod­est con­tri­bu­tion to ed­u­ca­tional de­vel­op­ment in Nige­ria and across Africa.

“As a pan-African fi­nan­cial ser­vices group with oper­a­tions in 22 coun­tries, we aim to im­pact on the coun­tries we do busi­ness through the three main anchors of ed­u­ca­tion, en­vi­ron­ment and so­cial em­pow­er­ment.”

He urged stu­dents to take the na­tional es­say com­pe­ti­tion se­ri­ously as it pro­vides a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity for them to change their lives for the bet­ter. He also dared stu­dents to dream big and read and write ex­ten­sively.

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