A student of Ola Senior High School, Adzokpa Serahine Aku Kekeli has emerged as the overall winner of this year’s United Bank for Africa (UBA) Ghana’s essay competition.
She was followed by Frederick Nana Kwame Asante of Accra Academy, and Senanum Kwabla Adjani of Sogakope Senior Secondary School.
For their prizes, the overall winner (Ms Kekeli) received an amount of GH¢20,000.00 and a plaque, while the first run-up (Master Asante) and the second run-up (Kwabla) took home GH¢14, 000.00 and GH¢8,000.00 respectively. Both also received a plaque each.
The prizes are meant for tuition fees in any African university of their choice. Additionally, all the 12 finalists received a laptop and certificate of participation each.
The 12 finalists who were selected from the hundreds of entries received in the 2015 National Essay Competition in Ghana were invited to write a second essay under the supervision of the Ghana Education Service (GES) on Saturday, November 28, 2015 in the board room. The topic essay was ‘What Matters Most to you in life and why?
Speaking at the awards ceremony on Monday, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of UBA Ghana, Mrs. Abiola Bawuah reiterated that the competition was here to stay.
She was happy to announce that two of the three ladies who emerged winners last year, are already in the University and had already begun accessing their grants.
Mrs. Bawuah used the occasion to throw more lights on the significance of education, saying: “In UBA, we believe that the future of Africa is the youth and the best way to secure this future is to adequately educate the youth”.
She said UBA Foundation has been giving out literature books to students in Ghana for five consecutive years now.
Mrs. Bawuah therefore called on the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to continuously support the bank’s annual essay competition which is in its second year running.
The MD/CEO of UBA Foundation, Ijeoma Aso Aso noted: “The foundation has three focus areas; education, environment and economic empowerment”.
The National Essay Competition, under the ‘education’ focus area is a spinoff of the Read Africa initiative of the foundation.
Under this initiative, the foundation gives out thousands of literature books and organizes mentoring sessions for school children, talking to them on the importance of reading.
According to her, the foundation started the essay competition to test the writing skills of school going children as reading skills cannot be easily tested. She promised that the foundation would continue to hold these competitions in Ghana.
Mrs. Cynthia Bosumtwi Sam, a director at the Ghana Education Service who represented the Deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa congratulated the bank for this achievement in the support towards education.
She added that both the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service have given their backing to the National Essay Competition in Ghana and are ready to further support the competition.
“Essay writing is a lifelong skill that students will need throughout their educational life and in the corporate environment, it is therefore useful that UBA Foundation is helping students develop this skill” she said.