United Bank for Africa (UBA) Foundation National Essay Competition for 2020

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UBA National Essay Competition (NEC)

UBA Foundation is now accepting entries from Senior Secondary school students in Nigeria for its 2020 National Essay Competition.

The National Essay competition provides a competitive platform to develop the intellectual and writing abilities of senior secondary school students in Nigeria.

Winners get educational grants to study in any African University of their choice. The competition has been held annually since 2011 with students challenged to write on different engaging topics to test their writing and cognitive skills.

The essay competition is structured in such a way that eligible secondary students are expected to send in handwritten entries on the topic:

  • What is the biggest environmental issue you think your generation will face?
  • How can it be avoided and how can it be solved?

On November 2nd, when entries close, 4 renowned Nigerian Professors will review the entries and select an initial shortlist for further assessment.

Three finalists will emerge at the end of the exercise and they will win scholarship prizes that will be utilized for tuition in Nigerian Universities of their choices and automatically become UBA Scholars.

About UBA Foundation National Essay

Now in its 10th year, the National Essay Competition, targeted at senior secondary students in Nigeria is organized 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.

United Bank for Africa (UBA) Foundation National Essay Competition team with one of the winners.

Essay Topic for UBA Foundation National Essay

Do you think that the lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic was an essential measure in spite of the hardship it brought economically?

What would you have done differently and why?

Eligible Countries for UBA Foundation National Essay

Nigeria

A beneficiary of UBA Foundation National Essay Competition with her prize Cup.

Selection Criteria and Eligibility for UBA Foundation National Essay

  • Be a Secondary School Student
  • Must submit a handwritten essay (750 words MAX)
  • Must submit a passport photograph
  • Must submit a copy of a birth certificate, National ID or passport

Selection procedure for UBA Foundation National Essay

  • Entries received for the competition will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges made up of professors from reputable Nigerian Universities, who will then shortlist 12 essays for further assessment.
  • Following this, the second round of competition will involve the 12 finalists who will write a second supervised essay from which three best essays will be selected as the overall winners from the 12 finalists emerged from the first round of the competition

A beneficiary of UBA Foundation National Essay Competition addressing an audience during the award ceremony.

Required Documents for UBA Foundation National Essay

  • Applicant must submit their completed contact information (Name, Age, School, Address of school, Telephone Number, Residential Address and Email Address).
  • Applicants must attach photocopies of their original birth certificates or international passport data page.
  • Written Essay.

How to Apply for UBA Foundation National Essay

Candidates are required to upload the above documents using the google form below.

Apply Here

You can also compile the required documents and post to UBA Foundation, UBA House (15th Floor) 57, MarinaLagos State.

You can also drop it at any UBA Business Office in Nigeria for onward delivery to UBA Foundation.

A beneficiary of UBA Foundation National Essay Competition with her Award Cup.

UBA Foundation National Essay Competition Prizes or Awards

The first prize for the UBA National Essay Competition is a N2.5 million educational grant, while the second and third prizes are N2 million and N1.5 million in educational grants respectively.

The Number of candidates to receive the grant is expected to be three (3) students in total.

Deadline UBA Foundation National Essay Competition

The deadline for submission of entries for the UBA Essay Competition is 2nd October 2020.

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