Now in its 8th edition, the annual UBA Foundation National Essay Competition has been officially launched. The competition targeted at senior secondary students in Ghana is organized annually, as part of UBAFoundation’s education initiative aimed at promoting reading culture and encouraging healthy and intellectual competition amongst secondary school students in Ghana and across Africa.
In the last edition, Kwame Ahenkorah Antwi emerged overall winner walking away with a cash prize of $5000, a trophy and a laptop, with Adonoo Gracious Dzilorli also of Presbyterian Boys Senior High coming in as first runner up and winning a cash prize of $3000, a plaque and a laptop. Richmond Ayiku Lartey of Labone Senior High School also emerged 2nd runner up, winning a cash prize of $2000, a plaque and a laptop.
To be eligible to participate, contestant must be a Secondary School Student living and schooling in Ghana, submit a handwritten essay (750 words MAX), a passport photograph, a copy of their birth certificate, National ID or passport. 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.
To apply, students should send in handwritten essay entries of not more than seven hundred and fifty words on the topic “The Ghana Education Service (GES) has appointed you as a consultant to review the double track system. Submit your recommendations to the governing council of the GES.” Applicants must submit their complete contact information (name & address of school, telephone number, residential and email addresses). Entries close on 30th November 2021.
The first prize for the UBA National Essay Competition is a $5,000 educational grant, while the second and third prizes are $,3000 and $2,000 in educational grants to any African University of their choice. The educational grant is only applicable to applications to study in an African University.
More information is available here.