The United Bank for Africa, UBA, Foundation has announced its 12 finalists for the 2020 National Essay Writing Competition.
The bank made the announcement on Thursday, in Lagos.
The UBA Foundation gave their names as Habeebah Abdulganiyy of International School, University of Lagos, Tmarapreye Dimaro, a 14 year-old student of Eyes of the Future School, Lagos, Enobong Flourish David of Federal Government Girls College, Akwa Ibom, and Abasiekeme Eshiet of Bright Stars Model Secondary School, Akwa Ibom, Ehibor Favour, who schools at District Senior College, Meiran, Lagos, and Mofoluwake Adesanya, a 15 year-old student at Spring Forte-Lead College, Lagos.
Also listed as finalists are Light C.E Chukwuma of Our Lady of Fatima College, in Rivers State, Marilyn Anya Ibem of Topfaith International School, Akwa Ibom, Melvin-Damian Uchenna Uzoke of Federal Government Academy, in Niger State, Regina Ugochukwu Nwabueze, of De-Young Comprehensive College, Lagos, Stephen Godsgrant Nwabueze of Jakande Comprehensive Senior College, Lagos, and Emenugha Hannah Amarachi of Starville School, Abuja.
The Foundation had on October 2, 2020 opened the essay competition which topic was, “Do you think that the lock down 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?”
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.
To qualify for this final stage, entries received for the competition were reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges made up of professors from reputable Nigerian Universities, who then shortlisted 12 essays for further assessment.
The 12 finalists would now write a second supervised essay from which three best essays are to be selected as the overall winners.
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.