Apply for 2020 UBA National Essay Competition

Apply for 2020 UBA National Essay Competition
Photo from previous edition of the UBA NEC. Photo Credit: UBA Foundation Website

The UBA National Essay Competition, NEC, is an annual writing competition organized by UBA foundation for students in senior secondary schools across Nigeria.

The 2020 edition of the NEC makes the 10th Edition of UBA foundation’s education initiatives designed to promote reading culture and encouraging healthy and intellectual competition amongst secondary school students in Nigeria and across Africa.

Selection Criteria and Eligibility:

Eligible applicants are Nigerians in recognised senior secondary schools across country.

Each applicants will submit a handwritten essay of not more than 750 words.

Entries are to include the following:

– A passport photograph

– A copy of a birth certificate, National ID or passport

Essay Topic:

“Do you think that the lock down during the Covid-19 pandemic was an essential measure in spite of the hardship it brought economically? What would you have done differently and why?”

Selection Procedure:

The first stage is the submission by interested applicants nationwide, the articles will be reviewed by the panel of judges after the deadline of submission has been reached.

Afterwards, the judges will shortlist 12 articles in which the writers of these 12 articles will write on another topic which will be announced.

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The last stage which is the final selection will have three (3) winners selected from the 12 articles.

The judges are made up of professors of reputable universities across the country.

How to Apply for The 2020 UBA National Essay 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.

Click here to apply. Or Click here for more information from UBA foundation website.

Alternatively, you can send your post to the address below:

UBA Foundation

UBA House (15th Floor)
57, Marina

Lagos State.

You can also drop-off your entry at any UBA Business Office in Nigeria for onward delivery to UBA Foundation.


The overall winner of the UBA essay competition will go away with N2.5 million education grant.

While the second and third winners will go away with N2 million and N1.5 million education grant respectively.

Deadline for registration is 2nd October, 2020.

Click here to apply. Or visit the UBA foundation website for more info.

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