UBA Foundation National Essay Competition for Senior Secondary Schools 2021

The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, invites entries for the UBA Foundation National Essay Competition for Senior Secondary Schools in Nigeria in 2021.

The essay topic for this year is  “What is the role of technology in educating the African youth?”

The National Essay Competition, targeted at senior secondary students in Nigeria is organized annually, as part of the UBA Foundation’s education initiative which is aimed at
promoting the reading culture and encouraging healthy and intellectual competition amongst secondary school students in Nigeria and across Africa.

Worth of Award


  • first prize for the UBA National Essay Competition is a N3 million educational grant,
  • the second prize is N2.5 million
  • and the third prize is N2 million in educational grants to any African University of their choice.


Eligible candidates must submit a

  • handwritten essay (750 words MAX)
  • passport photograph
  • copy of a birth certificate, National ID, or passport
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They must also be secondary school students.  

Selection procedure:

  • Entries received for the competition will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges made up of professors from reputable Nigerian universities, who will then shortlist 12 essays for further assessment.
  • Following this, the second round of competition will involve the 12 finalists who will write a second supervised essay from which the three best essays will be selected as the overall winners from the 12 finalists who emerged from the first round of the competition.

How to Apply

  • Applicants must submit their completed contact information (Name, Age, School, Address of school, Telephone Number, Residential Address, and Email Address).
  • Applicants must attach photocopies of their original birth certificates or international passport data page.
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Deadline: The application for the UBA Foundation National Essay Competition deadline is October 29th, 2021.


Click here for more details and to apply