Uba Essay Contest 2013
Winners have emerged in the third edition of the UBA National Essay Competition for Senior Secondary Schools in Nigeria.
l-r: Managing Director, UBA Foundation, Ms Ijeoma Aso; 1st Runner-Up, Miss Toluwalase Adeagbo of Sharon Rose Schools College, Saki; Deputy Managing Director, UBA Plc, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka; 1ST Prize Winner, Master Ezenwa Joseph Okonkwo, student of Ambol Comprehensive High School, Akesan-Igando, Lagos (Middle); President, Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria(ICAN), Alhaji Alkali Mohammed; and 2nd Runner Up, Miss Korie Ijeoma Jenniffer of Air Force Secondary School, Port Harcourt, during the grand finale ceremony of UBA Foundation National Essay Competition for Secondary School Students held at UBA House, in Lagos on Monday
In a keenly contested competition, Master Ezenwa Joseph Okonkwo, a fifteen year old student of Ambol Comprehensive High School, Akesan-Igando, Lagos, won the coveted prize of N1m educational grant, from nearly 2000 entries received across the country.
Toluwase Adeagbo of Sharon Rose Schools College, Saki and Korie Ijeoma Jennifer of Air Force Secondary School, Port Harcourt emerged first and second runner ups, winning the sum of N750,000 and N500,000 as educational grants.
Speaking during the grand finale and prize presentation of UBA Foundation National Essay Competition for Senior Secondary Schools, held at the Bank’s Headquarters in Lagos, Alhaji Alkali Mohammed, President Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) commended UBA Foundation for the initiative and urged other institutions to emulate the educational initiative.
According to the ICAN President, the path towards sustainable development is through investment in the education of its youths, particularly in Nigeria.
l-r:Deputy Managing Director, UBA Plc, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka; 1ST Prize Winner, Master Ezenwa Joseph Okonkwo, student of Ambol Comprehensive High School, Akesan-Igando, Lagos (Middle); and President, Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN), Alhaji Alkali Mohammed, at the grand finale ceremony of UBA Foundation National Essay Competition for Secondary School Students held at UBA House, in Lagos on Monday
Harping on the ideals behind the essay contest he said “any competition such as this will certainly help to bring out the best in the youths, by kindling their competitive spirit and academic excellence” Speaking at the event, Kennedy Uzoka, the bank’s deputy managing director explained that the initiative was not only to test the aptitude and knowledge of our students but has become a pipeline to groom future UBA Ambassadors.
He said the winners who would go to any university of their choice in Africa would remain part of the UBA family provided they are of good behavior and remain focused. “In UBA we appreciate and nurture talents. All the finalists here today have opportunity to excel in life and UBA is delighted to play a part in the process” he added. Conceived 3 years ago, the UBA Foundation National Essay Competition was instituted as a follow up to the Read Africa initiative of the Foundation.
walase Adeagbo of Sharon Rose Schools College, Saki and; 2nd Runner Up, Miss Korie Ijeoma Jenniffer of Air Force Secondary School, Port Harcourt, at the grand finale ceremonyof UBA Foundation National Essay Competition for Secondary School Students held at UBA House, in Lagos on Monday
“Winners each year receive educational grants to study in any university of their choice in Africa. We are encouraged to continue to do this and touch the lives of our children by so doing” he stated. The UBA National Essay competition which opened for entries in September and closed on November 1, 2013, received nearly 2000 entries from which 12 finalists were selected to write a supervised essay at the bank’s head office.
The three winners emerged based on their performance at the supervised essay. The 12 finalists chosen by a panel of 4 Nigeria Professors are: Victoria Aluko (Caleb International College, Magodo); Gloria Ayoola (St. John Comprehensive Academy, Ilesa); Korie Ijeoma Jennifer (Air Force Secondary School, Port Harcourt); Sarah Benson (Living Stone College); Esenwa Joseph Okonkwo (Sambol Comprehensive High School, Akesan-Igando) and Ayewunmi Bukola Ifesowapo Snr. High School, Aboru). Others include Ogbo Ozioma (Kingsdale Schools, Akute); Toluwase S. Adeagbo (Sharon Rose Schools College, Gedu Estate, Saki); Adetona Miriam Omolayo (Oladipo Alayande School of Science, Oke-Bola, Ibadan); Ani Chisom Tochukwu (Krisbethel College, Ipaja); Mmesoma S. Enibe (University of Nigeria Secondary School, Nsukka) and Sunday K. Ikemsinchi (Dority International Secondary School, Aba).
Each of the 12 finalists received a laptop as a consolation prize for getting to the final of the competition. As a the CSR platform for the UBA Group, UBA Foundation works through four areas of focus, education, economic empowerment, environment and special project. Communities across Nigeria and other parts of the continent continue to benefit from the foundation through these focus areas.
By Dayo Adesulu
The trio, Samuella Sam-Orlu from British Nigerian Academy, Abuja; Deborah Chinwendu Innocent of Enal International Schools, Abuja and Ya-Hofon Ettah Essien from Nigerian Christian Institute, Akwa Ibom have emerged first, second and third respectively at the UBA Foundation National Essay Competition 2017.
Just as it was in 2011, 2012 and 2013, out of over 1,000 entries for the contest, nine females were shortlisted among the 12 finalists. This year’s winners were all females.
While Sam-Orlu was rewarded with educational grant of N1,000,000 and laptop to study in any African university of her choice, Innocent and Essien got N750,000 and N500,000 and a laptop respectively.
Also, for making it to the final stage, the other nine finalists were rewarded each with a laptop, just as the 12 finalists also went home with certificates.
In his remark, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of UBA Plc, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka said that UBA as a bank was happy to touch lives through this competition and the grant it gives out to those who emerge winners.
He said: “Seeing past winners tell their stories on the impact the grants have made on their education and particularly how the financial burden was lifted off their parents, gives us joy that our foundation is unique and stands out from others in touching lives.’’
He explained that the essay competition had produced over 100 winners since its inception in 2011 in Nigeria, with winners studying varied courses in universities in Nigeria and within the African continent.
His words: “I must also state here that we want to make sure the grants are given to those who really need them. That is why we restrict the grant to schools within Africa alone. If by chance the parents of any winner sends his or her ward to an elite school outside Africa, we would not go ahead with that support, because what we are really after are those who need the grant as we contribute to the development of Africa.”