UBA Foundation 2020 National Essay Competition for Nigerian senior secondary students (6 Million in Prizes)

Application Deadline: October 2nd 2020

Now in its 10th year, 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.

Essay Topic:

Do you think that the lock down during the 
Covid-19 pandemic was an essential measure in 
spite of the hardship it brought economically?
What would you have done differently and why? »

Selection Criteria and Eligibility

  • Be a Secondary School Student
  • Must submit a handwritten essay (750 words MAX)
  • Must submit a passport photograph
  • Must submit a copy of a birth certificate, National ID or passport

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 assessement.
  • 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


  • The first prize for the UBA National Essay  Competition is a N2.5 million educational grant, while the second and third prizes are N2 million  and N1.5 million in educational grants respectively.

Number of Scholarships: 3

How to Apply:

  • 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.

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or Post to
UBA Foundation
UBA House (15th Floor)
57, Marina
Lagos State

or Drop-Off at any UBA Business Office in Nigeria for onward delivery to UBA Foundation.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UBA Foundation 2020 National Essay Competition


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