WINNER EMERGES AT THE UBA FOUNDATION NATIONAL ESSAY COMPETITION

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The
UBA National essay competition, targeted at senior secondary school students in
Nigeria is organised annually, as part of UBA Foundation’s education initiative
which is aimed at promoting the reading culture and encouraging healthy and
intellectual competition amongst secondary school students in Nigeria and
across Africa.

Jolaosho
Oluwatoroti Otokini of Louisville Girls High School, Ogun State, emerged winner
out of the 12finalists of the 2019 edition National Essay Competition. While
Precious Ifeoma Okey of Oladipo Alayande School of Science, Oyo State and Aimeé
Okoko of Beautiful Beginning Academy, FCT Abuja came 2nd and 3rd respectively
winning 1.5 Million Naira and 1 Million naira each.

The
other finalists each got a laptop. They include; Onowu Phebe Chimamanda
Onyinyechi (F), Deborah Oreoluwa Tayo; Zenith Academy, Ibadan, Bernard Anita
Onyinyechi; Oritamefa Baptist Model School, Ibadan, Ndoma, Goodluck Nsed; Mary
Slessor Academy, Calabar, Cross River State, Abang, Jesse Oneonyi; Enoghi
Secondary School, Ikom, Cross River State, Gideon Ekong; Nobles International
School, Uyo, Kinika Cletus; Jephbah Comprehensive Secondary School, Rumomer
Ozoba, Port Harcourt, Akandu Nnaemeka. Z.A.; Ifako International Secondary
School, Aliyu Imuhani Seidat; Achievers International College Okene.
The
foundation received over 5000 entries submitted from students across the
nation.

The
GMD, Kennedy Uzoka, expressed happiness with turnout of entries recalling that
‘Over time, we noticed that the level of education has moved backwards. UBA as
part of the things that we do to give back to the communities that we operate
in, is to identify key intervention areas which we specifically single out and
put our hearts behind this. UBA Foundation is our CSR arm that we use to do
this. We focus on education as one of our pillars in not just Nigeria but in
all of the countries that we operate in.’

The
final 12 entries were judged by renowned university professors; Professor
Emmanuel Omobowale; University of Ibadan, Professor Asabe Kabir Usman- Usman
Dan Fodio University, sokoto, Professor Samuel Onuigbo; University of Nigeria,
Nsukka, Professor Ini Uko; University of Uyo . They stated that they were
impressed with many of the participants show of creativity and originality in
approaching the essay topic.
The
students were judged on content, expression, organization, and mechanical
accuracy.

For
the being the school with the highest entries; livingstone College was rewarded
with educational gifts worth 1Million naira.

UBA
Foundation’s National Essay Competition has been taken to other African
countries including Ghana and Kenya as well as Mozambique, Senegal and other
African countries.

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