Education UBA launches third edition of the National Essay Competition

The winners will take home the cedi equivalent of 5,000 dollars (for the overall winner); 3,500 dollars (for the first runner-up) and 2,000 dollars (for the second runner-up).

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The 2016 edition of the UBA National Essay Competition has been launched in Accra.

At a colourful ceremony at UBA's head office, the launch was attended by many of UBA's senior managers, representatives from the Ghana Education Service and beneficiaries from previous editions.

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The Chief Executive Officer of UBA Ghana, Abiola Bawuah said, "there was no better way than to support the youth of Ghana. UBA believes in the need to support the youth and we believe education is the way to go.

One of Nelson Mandela’s famous quotes is; ‘Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.’ And so that is the backbone of this initiative”, she added.

play UBA launches 2016 National Essay Competition (Joseph Day Glover)


The competition first began in 2014 and each year, students from Ghana’s senior high schools are challenged to write an essay on a given topic. The topic for this year’s edition is “Can young persons in leadership promote national development in Ghana?”

Ms Evelyn Araba Zentey of the curriculum development department of the Ghana Education Service, suggested to the bank to include a competition for students with the talent of drawing in the coming years; a suggestion which was welcomed by the bank.

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A beneficiary of the 2014 competition, Dorcas Nuku Darko (now a student of the University of Ghana) encouraged students to get involved in the competition. As the second runner-up, she received an educational grant of 7,000 cedis, a laptop computer and opportunities to meet some prominent people in society.

play Dorcas Nuku Darko (centre) with Abiola Bawuah (second right) and representatives of GES (Joseph Day Glover)


The competition is open to all senior high school students in Ghana; who are expected to send in a handwritten essay of no more than 750 words to UBA’s head office in Ridge, Accra or any of UBA’s business offices in the country by Friday, November 11, 2016. Entries should include their complete contact information and photocopies of their original birth certificates.

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The winners will take home the cedi equivalent of 5,000 dollars (for the overall winner); 3,500 dollars (for the first runner-up) and 2,000 dollars (for the second runner-up).

United Bank for Africa, is one of Africa’s largest financial institutions and is nearing its 11th year of operations in Ghana.

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