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Eziaku Esther emerges winner of UBA Foundation’s NEC 2021

UBA Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, yesterday, held the Grand finale of its 11th National Essay Competition (NEC)

UBA Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, yesterday, held the Grand finale of its 11th National Essay Competition (NEC) at the Tony Elumelu Amphitheatre, UBA House, Marina Lagos, in a ceremony attended by students, staff and parents.

Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, United Bank for Africa, (UBA) Plc, Kennedy Uzoka (left); 1st Prize Winner, 2021 UBA National Essay Competition, Eziaku Esther Enwereuzo, and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, UBA Foundation, Bola Atta, at the grand finale of the UBA Foundation, National Essay Competition for Secondary Schools, held at UBA House, Marina, Lagos…yesterday.<br />


A visibly excited 15-year-old Eziaku Esther, a student of His Grace High School, Enugu State, emerged the overall winner with the best essay.

Esther beat 11 other finalists selected from over 7,000 entries received digitally by the UBA Foundation from students of senior secondary schools across Nigeria.

Esther won an educational grant of N3 million to study at any African university of her choice. She also received a state-of-the-art laptop and many other educational tools from the UBA Foundation.

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

The 15-year-old, who was escorted to the event by her mother, Mrs. Joy Chika Eziaku, said she was excited to have come top in the competition, adding that the experience has bolstered her confidence.

“I am so grateful to UBA Foundation for this grand opportunity. It was not very easy, as I had to study hard and conduct a lot of research. But I am happy that it paid off for me. This opportunity has changed my life, made me want to learn more, read more and to aspire to be a better person. I really appreciate the UBA and the UBA Foundation for this,” she said.