A 16-YEAR-OLD General Science student of OLA Senior High School, Ho, Adzokpa Seraphine Aku Kekeli, has been adjudged the winner of the United Bank of Africa’s National Essay Competition.
She took home a scholarship package of GH¢20,000.00, a UBA embossed trophy, a laptop and a certificate after coming up top out of the twelve shortlisted for the final from numerous entries.
The first-runner position was grabbed by Frederick Nana Kwame Asante, a General Arts student of Accra Academy School, while the third position went to a General Arts student, Kwabla Adjani, a student of the Sogakope Senior High School.
The first and second runners-up also got scholarship packages of GH¢14,000.00 and GH¢8,000.00, respectively towards university tuition/fees, a laptop and a certificate.
The winners get educational grants to study in any African university of their choice.
Ijeoma Aso, Chief Executive Officer of UBA Foundation, explained that the scholarship packages would be put in a trust fund which would be disbursed in tranches throughout their university education.
The UBA Foundation is the cooperate social responsibility (CSR) arm of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc.
Mrs. Abiola Bawuah, Managing Director of UBA Ghana in her address commended the winners and the other finalists for their hard work.
“For the past four years, UBA Ghana has been supplying literature books written by African writers to a number of senior high schools across the country to help instill the culture of reading among senior high school students, with the ultimate aim of improving both written and verbal communication in English,” she said.
In addition, she said the bank had also introduced the National Essay Competition targeted at second cycle students.
“It is our hope that, the educational grants the winners will receive from UBA will help some brilliant but needy students realise their dreams,” she said.
Mrs. Bawuah said: “The road to transforming and improving our educational sector may appear long and dreary, but we at UBA are hopeful and committed to providing our quota in supporting government, the Ministry of Education, parents and students to improve education in Ghana.”
On her part, Cynthia Bosomtwi Sam, Director, Curriculum Research of Development Division (CRDD) of the Ghana Education Service (G.E.S) representing Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Deputy Minister of Education in-charge of Tertiary Education lauded UBA for the initiative.
She said the Education Ministry would continue to support the UBA National Essay Competition amongst senior high school students to ensure that it becomes the most sought after competition.
By Times Reporter