“Read” UBA challenges students

schools, the African Church Model College and Sonmori Comprehensive High
School, both in Ifako-Ijaiye area of Lagos State, recently played host to UBA
Foundation’s, “Read Africa” initiative.


Apollos Ikpobe (Centre Right), UBA’s DMD, Domestic Bank, Ijeoma Aso,(Centre left), MD, UBA Foundation, in a group photograph with the students 
 The ‘Read Africa’ initiative is a UBA
Foundation project, aimed at rekindling the reading culture of African youths
through the donation of African literary classics to students as well as having
mentoring sessions with senior management staff from the UBA Group.  
at the school had the privilege of sharing a reading session with UBA Group’s
Deputy Managing Director, Domestic Bank, Mr. Apollos Ikpobe, who read to the students
from Chinua Achebe’s literally classic “Things Fall Apart” while telling the
students that reading is foundation for future success in life. 
challenged the students to aspire to be great by reading at least one book
every week. He also asked them to set career targets, and be ambitious.  
from personal experiences growing up, Ikpobe said reading was essential for the
educational development of all people, and that people with poor reading skills
often suffer from unemployment and have less opportunities to advance in life.


Apollos Ikpobe (Centre Right), UBA’s DMD, Domestic Bank (with the mic) reading to students
reading skills are essential to become successful in life” the UBA Deputy
Managing Director told the students.  
is very essential for you to read because it is from reading that you get ideas
and principles to move forward in life. The more you read, the more you broaden
your horizon and communicate intelligently”, he added.
speaking at the occasion,  the CEO of UBA Foundation, Ijeoma Aso, while
presenting ‘Things Fall Apart’ by Chinua Achebe to the students, said reading
is the most fundamental skill a person can acquire, and encouraged the students
to take advantage of the “Read Africa” project to  widen their vision and
enhance their knowledge.
challenges come from what you have read and are exposed to and the only way to
succeed is to be intellectually sound. This can only be achieved through
reading.” she stated.
to her, the ‘Read Africa’ initiative’ is pan-African project of the UBA
Foundation replicated in 19 countries including Nigeria, where UBA operates.
‘Read Africa’, which is in its third year, has been conducted successfully in
selected schools across the continent and is being anchored by Senior
Executives of the bank, Corporate Communications staff and UBAF staff who go
out to various schools in Africa to mentor the students and distribute select
literature books to students at no cost.


UBA Foundation, which is the corporate social responsibility of the UBA Group, carries
out several initiatives in its focus areas of Education, Environment, Economic
Empowerment and Special Projects (EEES) aimed at positively impacting on the
society and people of Nigeria and Africa.


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