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the UBA Foundation’s 2023 National Essay Competition for Education Initiative, Nigeria( Educational grant to any African University of your choice )

Participate in the UBA Foundation’s 2023 National Essay Competition and stand a chance to win big while showcasing your writing talents. Apply now.

The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Foundation Education Initiative has a rich history of dedication to promoting education and empowering the youth in Africa. Founded in 2005, the UBA Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of UBA Group, one of Africa’s leading financial institutions. Its mission has always been to make a positive impact on the communities where UBA operates, with a particular focus on education.

Over the years, the UBA Foundation has consistently championed various educational initiatives across Africa, with a primary emphasis on the following key areas:

  1. National Essay Competitions: UBA Foundation launched its National Essay Competition in Nigeria, which quickly became a flagship program. This competition provides a platform for secondary school students to showcase their writing skills and critical thinking abilities while addressing important societal issues.
  2. Scholarship Programs: UBA Foundation has offered numerous scholarships to financially disadvantaged but academically gifted students across Africa. These scholarships cover various levels of education, from secondary to tertiary, and they aim to remove financial barriers to quality education.
  3. Infrastructure Development: Recognizing the importance of conducive learning environments, UBA Foundation has undertaken projects to renovate and equip educational institutions across the continent. This includes providing classrooms, libraries, and other essential facilities to enhance the learning experience.
  4. Teacher Training: The foundation has also invested in the training and professional development of educators. By improving teaching quality, UBA Foundation ensures that students receive the best possible education.
  5. Youth Empowerment: UBA Foundation has organized youth-focused seminars, workshops, and mentorship programs to equip young people with life skills, financial literacy, and entrepreneurial knowledge.
  6. Partnerships: UBA Foundation has collaborated with various organizations, governments, and institutions to amplify the impact of its educational initiatives.

Through its sustained efforts in education, UBA Foundation has positively impacted the lives of countless individuals, enabling them to access quality education, realize their potential, and contribute to the development of their communities and the continent as a whole. The foundation’s commitment to education continues to be a driving force for positive change in Africa, aligning with its vision of creating a brighter future for generations to come.

United Bank for Africa (UBA) proudly presents the National Essay Competition, open to senior secondary students in Nigeria. This event is a recurring initiative driven by the UBA Foundation, aimed at nurturing a reading culture and fostering healthy intellectual competition among secondary school students, not only in Nigeria but also across the African continent.

Eligibility Criteria: To participate, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Must be a Nigerian secondary school student.
  2. Submit a recent passport photograph.
  3. Provide a scanned copy of your National ID or Passport.
  4. Upload a scanned copy of your original birth certificate or international passport data page.
  5. Submit a handwritten essay, not exceeding 750 words, on the designated portal.

Essay Topic:

“Will Artificial Intelligence (AI) take over Human Intelligence? What should students do to ensure AI doesn’t override but enhances their ability to learn through research?”


Winner: ₦5,000,000 plus an educational grant to any African university of your choice.

1st Runner-Up: ₦3,000,000 and an educational grant to any university of your choice.

  • 2nd Runner-Up: ₦2,500,000 and an educational grant to any university of your choice.

Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your talents, engage in intellectual discourse, and win substantial prizes that can contribute to your education.

Click HERE to apply

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