United Bank for Africa (UBA) Ghana has given the top three participants in its 2022 National Essay Competition a sum of $10,000. This was done at an award ceremony in Accra.
The three winners are Genevieve Budu of the Ghana International School, Kenrich Nii Nakai Nettey from Presbyterian Boys Secondary School, Legon and Cecilia Akye also from the Methodist Girls High School, Mamfe.
The winner received $5000, while the second and third were given $3000 and $2,000 respectively as educational grants from the UBA Foundation. Meanwhile, all ten finalists received medals, certificates of participation, laptops and other UBA-branded items.
Speaking at the event, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of UBA Ghana, Chris Ofikulu, said that, “UBA Foundation believes that the future of Africa lies in its youths. For this reason, the Foundation has spent huge sums of money to actively facilitate educational projects and bridge the literacy gap on a Pan-African scale.”
“In Ghana, UBA Foundation’s National Essay Competition has grown to be one of the best initiatives that allows every student in Secondary School to exhibit their cognitive skills and potential while developing a positive work ethic with problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The National Essay Competition is one of our stunning initiatives to which we will forever pledge our full commitment,” he added.
Speaking on behalf of the Education Minster, Catherine Agyapomaa Appiah Pinkrah Director of General Administration at the Education Ministry congratulated all the finalists.
She called on other private sector businesses to emulate UBA in contributing towards education.
Meanwhile, the Programme Officer for Schools and Instructions Division at the Ghana Education Service (GES) Ajuba Amihere Adu-Tutu, said, GES will continue to support the UBA essay competition since essay writing is important in education.
The winner of the National Essay Competition 2022, Genevieve Budu, was grateful to UBA for organising the competition and encouraged others to participate the next time there is an opportunity.
The first essay topic was on sports betting while the final essay was on the topic “Illegal Mining (Galamsey) has become a menace in our country. What pragmatic measures should the government put in place to end the challenge of Galamsey?”
The top 10 were selected from over 400 entries. Out of the top 10, the three winners were selected.