Call For Entries For The UBA-National Essay Competition 2021 For Secondary School Students


United Bank for Africa presents their 11th edition of the annual national essay competition.

The competition is targeted at senior secondary students in Nigeria as part of UBA foundation's education initiative, which is aimed at promoting the culture of reading and writing amongst young adults in senior secondary school levels to boost the intellectual competition within Nigeria and across Africa.

The eligibility for participation requires that the applicant must be a secondary school student; the handwritten essay must be one of a maximum 750 words. Other things to be submitted are: a passport photograph; a copy of the candidate's birth certificate, National ID or passport as well.

To apply, applicants must submit their complete contact information, (Name, age, school, address of school, telephone number, residential address, and email address).

First prize gets a N3 million educational grant, second prize gets a N2.5 million educational grant, and the third prize gets a N2 million educational grant to any African university of their choice.

Deadline of application is on the 29th of October, 2021.

Selection Criteria:

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:

·         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 assessement.

·         Following this, a 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.

How To apply:

·         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.

Click HERE to apply. 

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