UBA National Essay Competition 2021 for Secondary School Students in Nigeria (Up to N7.5 million in prizes)

Deadline: October 29, 2021


  • Applicant must 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;
  • All incomplete and/or duplicate entries will be disqualified.

Entries are invited to the United Bank for Africa (UBA) National Essay Competition 2021. This year, they invite students to submit essays on the topic: “What is the role of technology in educating the African youth?”

Now in its 11th edition, 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.


  • The first prize for the UBA National Essay Competition is a N3 million educational grant;
  • The second and third prizes are N2.5 million and N2 million in educational grants to any African University of the winners’ choice.

Selection Process

  • 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.


  • 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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