UBA in­creases award prize for na­tional es­say com­pe­ti­tion by 100%, short­lists 12 from 6,000 en­tries

Business a.m. - - COMPANY -

UBA FOUNDA TION, THE COR­PO­RATE so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity arm of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has in­creased the grand prize for its an­nual na­tional es­say com­pe­ti­tion by 100 per­cent from N1 mil­lion in 2017 to N2 mil­lion this year.

This was dis­closed by Bola Atta, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of UBA Foun­da­tion, who ex­plained that the first prize that would be given to the 2018 win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion is a N2 mil­lion ed­u­ca­tional grant to study in any African univer­sity of his or her choice.

Atta said the se­cond and third prizes have also been in­creased to N1.5 mil­lion and N1m ed­u­ca­tional grants re­spec­tively, up from N750,000 and N500,000 pre­vi­ously ob­tained.

The UBA foun­da­tion or­gan­ises a na­tional es­say com­pe­ti­tion on a yearly ba­sis, tar­get­ing se­nior sec­ondary school stu­dents as part of its ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tive aimed at pro­mot­ing the read­ing cul­ture and en­cour­ag­ing healthy and in­tel­lec­tual com­pe­ti­tion amongst sec­ondary school stu­dents in Nige­ria and across Africa.

For this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, the topic for the es­say is “What is the big­gest en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sue you think your gen­er­a­tion will face? How can it be avoided and how can it be solved?”

Atta ex­plained that the choice of topic for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion is one that helps pro­mote cre­ative and an­a­lyt­i­cal think­ing in stu­dents and en­cour­ages them to be prob­lem solvers.

The foun­da­tion in a state­ment made avail­able to busi­ness a.m also re­vealed that of 6,000 en­tries re­ceived this year, twelve fi­nal­ists for the 2018 edi­tion have been short­listed.

“The 12 fi­nal­ists will sit for the se­cond round of the com­pe­ti­tion, where three win­ners will emerge after un­der­go­ing su­per­vised es­say writ­ing on a dif­fer­ent topic from the orig­i­nal en­try, on Sat­ur­day Novem­ber 25, 2018 at the Bank’s head­quar­ters in La­gos,” the state­ment said.

It noted that “The 12 fi­nal­ists were se­lected after a very te­dious grad­ing process un­der­taken by a dis­tin­guished panel of judges made up of top pro­fes­sors from rep­utable higher in­sti­tu­tions from the four geo­graph­i­cal zones in Nige­ria.

The stu­dents were graded us­ing some pa­ram­e­ters in­clud­ing gram­mar, ar­tic­u­la­tion, ar­range­ment, hand­writ­ing, punc­tu­a­tion and strength of ar­gu­ment.

In­ter­est­ingly, this year’s edi­tion recorded the high­est par­tic­i­pa­tion, with more en­tries com­ing in from var­i­ous sec­ondary schools across the coun­try - even after en­tries had been closed. In all, over 6,000 en­tries were re­ceived for this year’s edi­tion.”

The foun­da­tion re­vealed the names of the fi­nal­ists in no par­tic­u­lar or­der to be: Ug­wuagbo Chin­weizu of Ly­dia of Shalom Academy Nsukka; Is­rael-Oluse­gun Daniel of The Foun­tain Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School, Ogun State; Alo Praise Ay­omi­posi of La­gos African Church Gram­mar School, La­gos State; Adeyemi Ab­dul-La­teef of Pivic Colege Iba, La­gos State, Adetola Ibukunoluwapo from Vi­vian Fowler Me­mo­rial Col­lege, La­gos; Od­jegba Ome­siri Di­vine of In­ter­na­tional High School, Delta State; Hezekiah Tif­fany Uru­aku of Faith Academy Rivers State.

Oth­ers are Ozemoka Hal­i­mat Eme­somi, Univer­sity Prepara­tory Sec­ondary School, Edo State; Idogbo Sharon O. of Holy Child Col­lege, La­gos; Adi­ankpo IniIso Christo­pher of Nige­rian Chris­tian In­sti­tute, Uyo and Ko­mo­lafe Jus­tice Ba­batunde of Kings­field Col­lege, La­gos State.

UBA Foun­da­tion’s na­tional es­say com­pe­ti­tion has been taken to other African coun­tries in­clud­ing Ghana and Sene­gal, Mozam­bique and Kenya.

The foun­da­tion in­di­cated that the ini­tia­tive will spread to more African coun­tries in 2019.


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