15-year old Otong Usongobong Paul Wins 2022 UBA Foundation’s NEC
The finale of the 2022 UBA Foundation’s National Essay Competition took place on Monday 14 November at the UBA House Marina, Lagos, and saw the emergence of 15year old Otong Usongobong Paul as the winner of the grand prize of N5 million in educational grant to any African university of her choice as well as a brand new laptop. In addition to these amazing prizes, the foundation will continue to mentor and support her through her education.
Usongobong Paul who is a student of the Federal Government Girls College Ikot-Obio Itong, Akwa- Ibom beat 11 other finalists which included only one boy to take home the coveted prize of the competition which had over 5000 entries.
Usongobong who was accompanied by her ICT Teacher, Akanyere Chigozie, expressed her gratitude to the foundation and her joy for coming tops in the competition adding that her confidence level has increased due to the competition. The scholarship she said “will go a long way” in helping her achieve her dream of becoming an ophthalmologist.
The second prize was clinched by another 15year old, Princess Sholabomi of Value Spring College, Lagos. She went away with a N3 million educational grant and a laptop, while 15year old Sharon Nwajiaku of Ota Total Academy, Ogun State came in third with an educational grant worth N2.5 million and a laptop. Brand new laptops and other school items were presented to the other 9 finalists as consolation prizes.
UBA Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Oliver Alawuba, who presented the prize to Usongobong Paul, stated the Bank’s commitment to the development of African youths by continuing to “provide the necessary enablement which will help them take Africa to the world where it needs to be.” He further stated that the Bank has launched “these initiatives in all the 20 countries where UBA has presence.”
The Chairman of the board of trustees of the UBA Foundation, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, congratulated the 12 finalists, adding that UBA has been touching lives and making a solid impact through the UBA Foundation and has produced hundreds of winners, some of whom have long graduated from higher institutions and who have continued to impact their communities.
The MD/CEO of UBA Foundation, Bola Atta, also congratulated the winners and commended them for their exceptional brilliance. She said, “every student who sent in an entry is a winner.” She encouraged those who did not come first to “take it as a challenge” to perfect their writing skills and re-enter the competition next year.
The competition which is in its 12th edition has continued to change the lives of students across Africa through education. Interestingly, this year’s competition saw an increase in the number of participants from the Northern part of the country.
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