The UBA Foundation, the CSR arm of the United Bank for Africa, yesterday held its tenth annual National Essay Competition (NEC) in a virtual ceremony that was attended by high school students from across the nation. 

The UBA Foundation’s Education initiative has been changing lives for a decade as the tertiary education scholarship programme continues to impact the lives of many students and their communities. 

For the fourth consecutive year, the females have been leading this competition with 14 year-old Eshiet Abasiekeme of Bright Stars Model Secondary School from Akwa-Ibom State taking home this year’s winning prize. Eshiet received an educational grant of N2,500,000.00 to study in any African university of her choice. 

She will also be supported throughout her educational career and beyond with constant mentoring by the UBA Foundation. 

Abasiekeme, who had joined the virtual event from her base in Akwa Ibom state in Nigeria, could not contain her excitement as she heard the announcement that she had won the first prize of the NEC 2020. 

“I feel honoured to be the winner of this year’s NEC, and I want to appreciate UBA and UBA Foundation as this will help towards my dream of becoming a lawyer,” she said proudly, expressing that she would like to go to university in Uyo in her home state. 

The second prize was awarded to 14 year-old Mofuluwake Adesanya of Spring Forte-Lead College Lagos State, who won a N2,000,000 educational grant, whilst the third prize of N1,500,000 went to Abdulganiyy Habeeba, 16 years old. Abdulganiyy attends the International School, University of Lagos. 

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