By Collins Nweze
UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has started its annual National Essay Competition with a call for entries.
Now in its Ninth year, the contest targets senior secondary school pupils, as part of UBA Foundation’s education initiative, aimed at promoting the reading culture and encouraging healthy and intellectual competition among secondary school pupils.
Speaking at the media launch of the contest at the bank’s headquarters in Lagos, the Chief Executive Officer, UBA Foundation, Mrs. Bola Atta, said the essay competition would provide an opportunity for pupils of secondary schools across the country to put in their entries and to win prizes, such as educational grants, to study in any university of their choice on the continent.
Beginning from last year, the prize money increased as the UBA Foundation emphasises that education remains one of the foundation’s key initiatives.
The first prize for the UBA National Essay Competition is a N2 million educational grant, while the second and third prizes are N1.5 million and N1million educational grants.