Passion for Human Development
In walking the talk, the United Bank for Africa Foundation’s National Essay Competition, which promotes literacy and encourages healthy and intellectual competition amongst senior secondary students is geared to award educational grants worth millions of naira to the outstanding. This year, the foremost Pan African bank has increased the prize money by 33 per cent in a bid to impact the lives of many students and their respective communities. Chiemelie Ezeobi writes that the initiative, which is in its 11th year, was born out of a passion for human development, especially the youth
For the United Bank for Africa (UBA), its National Essay Competition (NEC), is part of its foundation’s education initiative aimed at promoting literacy and encouraging healthy and intellectual competition amongst senior secondary school students in Nigeria and across the African continent.
Serving as a creative avenue for young writers, the NEC is geared at impacting the lives of many students and their communities including the three winners, who would cart away educational grants worth millions of naira, alongside laptops for them and nine other finalists.
This year, the NEC has unveiled the invitation for prospective writers to submit their applications, albeit digitally, just as they increased the prize by 33 percent from what was obtainable last year.
Increase in Prize Value
Like the previous year, the prizes for the NEC 2021 winners have increased in value considerably by 33 percent.
While the first prize winner will receive an educational grant of N3 million to study at any African university of their choice, up from the N2.5 million in 2020, the second and third prizes now stand at N2.5 million and N2 million educational grants respectively.
Winners of the 12 best essays will also go home with state-of-the-art laptops to help them with their tertiary research work and other studies.
The Chief Executive Officer, UBA Foundation, Mrs. Bola Atta, said the foundation scaled up the prizes for the second year in a row in order to accommodate the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and also the fluctuation in the currency levels.
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