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Students now have until October 28, 2022 to submit their entries, according to the UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility division of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc. The three top winners of this year’s National Essay Competition (NEC) will receive educational grants totaling N10.5 million to attend any African university of their choice. 

The first-place winner will get a N5 million award, which is a major increase of N3.5 million (the winning reward from the previous year) by 40%. 

The educational grants for the second and third place winners, which were N2.5 million and N2 million last year, will now total N3 million and N2.5 million, respectively.

Along with financial awards, the authors of the top 12 essays will receive brand-new laptops and other educational resources to aid them in their tertiary research and other academic endeavors. 

The UBA Foundation’s education project includes the yearly National Essay Competition (NEC), which encourages healthy intellectual competition among senior secondary school students in Nigeria and across the African continent. 

This year’s essay topic is: ‘ASUU Strikes have often cost Nigerian students time. Advise the Nigerian government on how they can reach an agreement with ASUU to improve tertiary education in the country.”

The UBAF NEC digital submission platform, located at, makes it simple for students from Senior Secondary Classrooms across Nigeria to enter this year’s essay competition from the comfort of their homes or schools. 

Students can also walk into any UBA Branch nationwide and request that their handwritten essays be digitized and uploaded on the web for them in order to make submission easier. 

Students now have until October 28, 2022 to upload the scanned copies of their handwritten entries as well as their IDs on the digital portal because no physical copies will be accepted this year. All essays must be handwritten (not typed). 

To provide more African youngsters the chance, the NEC has also been implemented in other African nations where UBA does business.



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