Nigerian Stock Exchange Essay Competition 2011

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.”


UBA Foundation, the CRS arm of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, invites applications from Senior Secondary school students in Nigeria for:

Title: UBA Foundation National Essay Competition 2017


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 competion has been held annually since 2011 with students challenged to write on different engaging topics to test their writing and cognitive skills.

Essay Topic
Select a popular new tecnology or application and write an instruction manual for your grandparents on how to use it, and how to get the most value out of it

Prizes to Be Won
  • Winner: N1,000,000 or its local currency equivalent for tuition fees
  • 1st Runner-Up: N750,000 or its local currency equivalent for tuition fees
  • 2nd Runner-Up: N500,000 or its local currency equivalent for tuition fees
  • Consolation prizes will be given to the finalist
  • Applicants must be senior secondary school students schooling in Nigeria.
Application Closing Date
27th October, 2017.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their  handwritten essay entries of not more than 750 words on selected topic to:
UBA Foundation,
UBA House (15th Floor),
57 Marina,
Lagos State.

Applications can also be sent to any UBA Office in Nigeria for onward delivery to UBA Foundation.

  • Applicants must submit their complete contact information (names& school address, telephone numbers, residential and email addresses).
  • Applicants must attach photocopies of their original birth certificates or international passport data pages.
  • The educational grant is only applicable to applicants who intend to study in an African University.
  • The decision of the judges are  final.
  • 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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