Ikenna Ugwuegbulam Emerges Winner of 2012 UBA Foundation National Essay Competition, Gets N1m Educational Grant
Ikenna Ugwuegbulam, a Senior
Secondary School student of
International School, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos State
has emerged the overall winner of the 2012 edition of UBA Foundation National
Essay Competition for Secondary Schools in Nigeria. He clinched the first
position at the grand finale and prize giving ceremony, held at the UBA
headquarters on Monday, getting an educational grant of N1m to study in any
Ugwuegbulam clinched the coveted prize ahead of 11 other finalists in the essay
competition in which students from Nigerian secondary schools were invited to
write on an essay topic titled: What I will
do if I were the President of Nigeria. Twelve finalists had emerged
from over 2800 nationwide entries which cut across the 36 states and the
Cheetam-West of University of Calabar International Secondary School, Calabar,
Cross River State
emerged as the first runner-up while the third position was taken by Nwaezuoke
Anastasia of Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, Lagos. They also won the sum of N750,000 and
N500,000 respectively as educational grant to study in any African university.
However, all the 12 finalists got a laptop gift from the
twelve finalists are: Abisoye Onanuga – Lagos; Nwaezuoke Anastasia – Lagos; Gbe
David –Abuja - FCT; Oluwagbemiga Ayomide – Ondo; Arokoruba Cheetam West – Cross
River; Amina Buhari – Kebbi; Ugwuegbulam Ogbonna– Lagos; John Jacob – Plateau;
Onah Chidera – Enugu; Muokamuche Chijindu – Lagos; Akanni Oluwakayode – Lagos;
and Peace Chukwu – Enugu.
Miss Enitan Amodu from the University of Lagos International School, Akoka,
the overall winner at the maiden edition last year.
at the prize giving ceremony, Deputy Managing Director, UBA Plc, Mr. Kennedy
Uzoka, said the essay competition has continued to gather momentum going by the
increase in the number of entries from 719 essays last year to over 2000 in
mission by UBA Foundation to rekindle the dwindling writing culture in
Africa has started yielding results. We have
seen the benefits of the essay competition going by the increase in the number
of entries from what we received last year. Indeed, we received under 3000
entries this year and we are impressed because we have seen entries even from
remote areas which shows that UBA Foundation transcends different strata of the
society,” he said.
gesture, according to Uzoka, has put UBA as one of the few institutions in the
country that takes education to mean “getting the best in the students who are
future leaders and without quality education, the dream may become a herculean
Director of Financial Derivatives, Mr Bismarck Rewane, who was the Chairman of
the occasion, commended UBA Foundation for the initiative adding that “UBA Group
remains one of the institutions in Nigeria that is not only doing smart things
but modern things.”
initiative is impressive, the efficiency and integrity of the process is
extremely commendable. Congratulations UBA Foundation for this initiative,”
to the Managing Director, UBA Foundation, Ms Ijeoma Aso, the essay competition
is running concurrently with the ‘Read Africa’ project of the Foundation, which
was flagged off recently by the Kenyan author, Ngugi wa Thiong’o.
the ‘Read Africa’ initiative, role models in the society and top management of
UBA Plc had been visiting secondary schools in Nigeria
and African countries to mentor the students and give out copies of this year’s
literature book, Weep not Child, by Ngugi wa Thiong’o to the students, courtesy
of the Foundation.
the CSR platform for the UBA Group, UBA Foundation through her four areas of
focus continued to impact positively on the lives of Africans, particularly in
the various countries where the group has presence through a number of laudable
projects and initiatives.