Tuesday, October 6, 2015


UBA Foundation, the CSR arm of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, announces the commencement of the 2015 edition of the National Essay Competition for senior secondary school students in Nigeria. The competition, which is a follow up on the Foundation's Read Africa Initiative, 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.

What matters most to you in life and why?


  • Applicants should send in handwritten essay entries of not more than 750 words on the above topic to UBA Foundation, UBA House (3rd Floor), 57, Marina Lagos. Applications can also be sent to any UBA Business Office in Nigeria for onward delivery to UBA Foundation.
  • Applicants must submit their complete contact information (name & address of school, telephone number, residential and email addresses).
  • Applicants must attach photocopies of their original birth certificates or international passport data pages.
  • Entries close on November 13, 2015. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Applicants must be senior secondary school students schooling in Nigeria.
  • The educational grant is only applicable to applicants who intend to study in an African University.
  • The decision of the Judges is final.

N1, 000,000.00 or its local currency equivalent for tuition fees

N750, 000.00 or its local currency equivalent for tuition fees

N500, 000.00 or its local currency equivalent for tuition fees

Consolation Prizes will be given to the finalists

*Please note that the terms and conditions guiding the competition shall apply to Winners.
UBA Foundation will not be responsible for any liabilities and losses resulting from participation.

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