UBA launches 2017 SHS Essay Competition



UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the United Bank of Africa Plc, has launched its 2017 Essay Competition for Senior High Schools (SHSs) in the country, with a call on students to take interest in the programme to win exciting cash awards.

The ultimate winner in the essay competition would win $5000, the second $3500 and the third $200 under the topic, ‘Galamsey or illegal mining has been a menace to the Ghanaian society causing ill effects.  As a student, what ways or methods do you suggest can curb this societal problem?’

According to UBA Ghana entry for the essay competition closes on November 3, and the essay must be handwritten with not more than 750 words.

Speaking at the launch of the contest at a short ceremony at UBA’s Ghana’s Office, attended by a number of UBA’s senior executives, staff and representatives from the Ghana Education Service and beneficiaries from previous editions, the Chief Executive Officer of UBA Ghana, Abiola Bawuah said the platform was to create a platform for the students to develop their intellectual and writing abilities of SHS students across Africa.

She said there were about 90,000 SHS students across the country, and the UBA Foundation was expecting about 50,000 SHS students to partake in the programme.

She said the number of essay entries received last year was an improvement over the previous year’s, saying the bank was excited about that.

The CEO said the bank was enthused about the interest students had shown in the programme, and said “we have guardians and students who call in to ask when the competition is starting and this tells us from outside how keen the competition is getting and also reminds us of how we cannot fail the people.”

Mrs. Bawuah said UBA Ghana was pleased with the bank’s contribution to education in the country.

“For three consecutive years, we have organised and sponsored nine students at the tertiary level, and this year we are hoping to make it 12.  We are committed to this and will keep supporting students who strive to achieve academic excellence in cognitive writing among other academic disciplines,” she said.

The CEO of UBA Foundation, Bola Atta said nine of the beneficiaries of the essay competition were tertiary institutions receiving quality education.

She said UBA would continue to support the essay competition, saying “there is no looking back on this.  One of our key focus areas is education as it leads to empowerment especially for the youths who are the future leaders on the continent”.

Madam Atta said the competition had been launched in three other African countries and plans were advanced to launch it in all the countries UBA operate.

The Deputy Director in charge of Secondary Education Division at the Ghana Education Service, Augustus Owusu-Agyemfra in his address said the programme was in line with the objectives of GES to build the cognitive capacities of students.

He pledged GES’s commitment to support the programme, saying, “We will continue to support the programme for it to succeed.”

Madam Agelica Abrey, whose son won the last two competitions, entreated parents to take part in the programme.

She said her son had been given scholarship by the UBA Foundation to pursue further studies at the university, saying without the scholarship, she could not have afforded to send her son to the university.

Frederick Kwame Asante, a former winner of the UBA Essay Competition, urged his fellow students to take keen interest in the competition to develop their writing and cognitive skills.


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