Student gets N1m education grant for writing a great essay

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In a keenly contested
competition, Master Ezenwa Joseph Okonkwo, a fifteen year old student of
Ambol
Comprehensive High
School, Akesan-Igando, Lagos, has won the coveted prize of N1m educational grant,  from nearly 2000 entries
received across the country in the 
 third edition of the UBA National Essay Competition for Senior Secondary Schools in Nigeria.
1ST Prize Winner, Master Ezenwa Joseph
Okonkwo, student of Ambol Comprehensive High School, Akesan-Igando, Lagos
(Middle);  1st Runner-Up, Miss Toluwalase Adeagbo of Sharon
Rose Schools College, Saki and; 2nd Runner Up, Miss Korie Ijeoma
Jenniffer of Air Force Secondary School, Port Harcourt, at the grand finale ceremony
of UBA Foundation National Essay Competition for Secondary School Students held
at UBA House, in Lagos.  
 
Toluwase Adeagbo of Sharon
Rose Schools
College, Saki and Korie Ijeoma
Jennifer of Air Force
Secondary School, Port
Harcourt emerged first and second runner ups, winning
the sum of N750,000 and N500,000 as educational grants. 
 
All three students will be able to draw on their grants to attend any university of their choice anywhere in Africa. 
Speaking at the event to announce the winners,
Kennedy Uzoka, the bank’s deputy managing director, explained that the essay competition not only  test the aptitude and knowledge of  students but
has become a pipeline to groom future UBA Ambassadors. 
Deputy Managing Director, UBA Plc, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka;
1ST Prize Winner, Master Ezenwa Joseph Okonkwo, student of Ambol
Comprehensive High School, Akesan-Igando, Lagos (Middle); and President,
Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria(ICAN), Alhaji Alkali Mohammed. 
 
He said the winners who go to any university of their choice in Africa
would remain part of the UBA family provided they are of good behavior and
remain focused. “In UBA we appreciate and nurture talents. All the finalists
here today have opportunity to excel in life and UBA is delighted to play a
part in the process” he added.
Conceived three years ago, the
UBA Foundation National Essay Competition was instituted as a follow up to the
Read Africa initiative of the Foundation. “Winners each year receive
educational grants to study in any university of their choice in Africa.
We are encouraged to continue to do this and touch the lives of our children by
so doing” he stated.
Managing Director, UBA
Foundation, Ms Ijeoma Aso; 1st Runner-Up, Miss Toluwalase Adeagbo of
Sharon Rose Schools College, Saki; Deputy Managing Director, UBA Plc, Mr.
Kennedy Uzoka; 1ST Prize Winner, Master Ezenwa Joseph Okonkwo,
student of Ambol Comprehensive High School, Akesan-Igando, Lagos (Middle);
President, Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria(ICAN), Alhaji Alkali
Mohammed; and 2nd Runner Up, Miss Korie Ijeoma Jenniffer of Air
Force Secondary School, Port Harcourt.  
 
The UBA National Essay
competition which opened for entries  in September and closed on November
1, 2013, received nearly 2000 entries from which 12 finalists were selected to
write a supervised essay at the bank’s head office. The three winners emerged
based on their performance at the supervised essay.
The 12 finalists chosen by a
panel of 4 Nigeria
Professors are: Victoria Aluko (Caleb
International College,
Magodo); Gloria Ayoola (St. John Comprehensive
Academy, Ilesa); Korie Ijeoma
Jennifer (Air Force
Secondary School, Port
Harcourt); Sarah Benson (Living
Stone College);
Esenwa Joseph Okonkwo (Sambol Comprehensive
High School, Akesan-Igando) and Ayewunmi
Bukola Ifesowapo
Snr. High
School, Aboru). Others include Ogbo Ozioma (Kingsdale
Schools, Akute); Toluwase S. Adeagbo (Sharon
Rose Schools
College, Gedu Estate, Saki); Adetona
Miriam Omolayo (Oladipo Alayande School of Science, Oke-Bola, Ibadan);
Ani Chisom Tochukwu (Krisbethel College,
Ipaja); Mmesoma S. Enibe (University of Nigeria Secondary School, Nsukka) and
Sunday K. Ikemsinchi (Dority International
Secondary School, Aba).
Each of the 12 finalists
received a laptop as a consolation prize for getting to the final of the
competition.
 

 

As a the CSR platform for the
UBA Group, UBA Foundation works  through four areas of focus, education,
economic empowerment, environment and special project. Communities across Nigeria
and other parts of the continent continue to benefit from the foundation
through these focus areas.

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