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UBA Essay Competition 2023 For Secondary School Students

UBA Essay Competition is now on and entries are being accepted from Senior Secondary school students in Nigeria. The deadline for submission of entries for the Essay writing Competition is 20th October, 2023.


Now in its 13th edition, the National Essay Competition, targeted at senior secondary students in Nigeria is organized annually, as part of 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.

UBA Foundation, the CSR arm of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, announces the commencement of the 2021 edition of the National Essay Competition (NEC) for senior secondary school students in Nigeria. The NEC 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.

UBA Foundation National Essay Competition Topic: “Will Artificial Intelligence (AI) eclipse Human Intelligence? How can students ensure AI augments rather than supersedes their research-driven learning journey?”


  • Must be in Senior Secondary school
  • Must submit a handwritten essay (750 words MAX)
  • Must submit a passport photograph
  • Must submit a scanned copy of a means of identification (birth certificate, National ID, or passport)

Judge: The panels of judges are made up of Professors from reputable Nigerian Universities.


The first prize for the UBA National Essay Competition is a N5 million educational grant, while the second and third prizes are N3 million and N2.5 million in educational grants to any African University of their choice.

UBA Foundation National Essay Competition 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, a second round of competition will involve the 12 finalists who will write a second supervised essay from which three best essays will be selected as the overall winners from the 12 finalists emerged from the first round of the competition.

How to Participate in UBA Essay Competition

  • Applicant 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.

Click here to apply online

If you need additional info, visit the official link.

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