UBA : Return Of Culture of Essay Competitions In Secondary Schools Populrises UBA Foundatin In The African Continent

 By Elizabeth Chukwuma

For years, the United Ban For Africa, UBA plc, a pan African Bank, spread over the African Continent and key Commercial centres in Asia, Europe including the United States , US, had embarked on National Essay Competition among secondary school Students  across the country to fill the vacuum created by the Federal and the states ministry of Education.

Note that the Bank had set up a Foundation, aimed  at rekindling  the reading culture among secondary school students across the country with mouth watery rewards for the first three runners –up.  The Bank may have been encouraged to endow the Foundation   because of its believe the Youths re critical to the Future  of the nation and Africa in general.

The Value News learnt that Education is the pillar is the umbrella arm of the Foundation that guarantees its commitment to facilitating  educational projects  and bridging  the literacy gap  in a pan-African scale  including the National essay competition  among secondary school students which is geared  at stimulating  the quest  for sound  knowledge  and arming  educational institutions  with support and or resources  to meet their various financial needs.

 There is no gain  saying the fact that many  bright students had dropped  out of secondary schools, let alone proceeding to the tertiary institutions  over the years because of the paucity of funds from their families but the UBA Foundation appears to have bridged the Vacuum. Between 2011 and 2018, the Foundation was said to have produced over 24 students from the National essay Competition.

Given the popularity  which the National Essay Competition had gained over the years, had forced more secondary school students across the country to participate in the essay Competition to try their luck to win the heart- warming reward of between N1 million to N2 million and other Consolation prices.  Going by the grading of the awards,  the winner of the National Essay Competition, would go home with the star prize of N2 million  education grant, while the second and third runners up prizes  are N1.5 million and N1 million, education grants respectively. This may have made the 2019 edition of the Essay competition more keener and highly competitive.

 As a prelude to getting the three lucky winners of the 2019 National Essay Competition, the Bank was said to have commenced the programme targeted at senior secondary school students in Nigeria. There indications that the Essay Competitions are being organised in other African countries with UBA plc established presence as part of the Foundation’s education initiative amongst secondary school students  in Africa.

Students Who Took Part In The UBA Competition

Bola Attah, Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of the UBA Foundation while addressing the students and participants to flag off the National essay Competition assured them they have no cause to worry about the grant . She may have gladdened their heart when she repeatedly assured: to us in the Foundation , this is our drive  to improve  the quality of education across the country and African Continent in general. The UBA Foundation top official who could not hide feelings said it is a way of the Bank saying Thank you to its esteemed Customers across the African continent.

Explaining the modalities for this year’s Essay Competition  she disclosed that  received  from students  for the Competition, she disclosed that it  will be reviewed  by a distinguished   panel of judges made up of Academicians from reputable Nigerian Universities, who are expected to shortlist  the 12 best  essays  for further  assessment.

It was gathered that from the 12 shortlisted best essays by the panel of Judges, made of University Professors,  a second round of the Competition  would be organised, this time around, it will be a supervised essay to select the three luck winners who will smile home with the millions naira educational grants.

Giving an insider information to the National Essay Competition, Attah said.  ‘’this year’s Competition  is one that helps  promote  creative and analytical thinking  in students  and to  further help them  to be problem solvers. Unveiling the topic for this year’s Competition: What do you think the government should do to control fraud in Nigeria, she appealed to the students and participants to put in their best to write world class essays that would stand the test of time.

Ogechi Altraide, Group Head, the Bank Direct Sales Agency may have  may have strengthened the resolve of the students and participants to excel when she stressed the benefits  of reading  and writing essays,noting that ‘’there is need  for them to focus on adapting  themselves  to happenings in their Organisation to have a growth mindset. According to her, this is the only way they can apply themselves and conquer whatever challenges they are faced with  

At present, the National essay Competition was said to have been taken to Ghana and Senegal.

 It is expected that more African countries including the East African countries of Mozambique and Kenya would be included to kick-start this year’s edition of the Competition. Officials of the UBA Foundation may have laced this year’s National Essay Competition with a new innovation by introducing a reward for schools that turn in the highest number of entries.

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