UBA Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of United Bank for Africa has called for entries for the 2023 edition of its annual National Essay Competition.

According to a statement, the competition, which is in its 13th year, is part of UBA Foundation’s education initiative aimed at promoting literacy and encouraging healthy and intellectual competition among senior secondary school students in Nigeria and across the African continent.

The statement said the 2023 edition would feature increased participation from senior secondary school students across Nigeria who could submit their entries from the comfort of their homes through the UBA Foundation NEC digital submission portal.

The essay topic for this year is ‘Will Artificial Intelligence take over human intelligence? What should students do to ensure AI doesn’t override but enhance their ability to learn through research?’, the statement said.

Students were expected to properly research, write, scan and upload their handwritten essays to the digital portal on or before October 20, 2023.

According to the statement, the first prize winner would receive an educational grant of N5m to study at any African university of their choice, while the second and third-placed entries would win N3m and N2.5m educational grants to any African University.

Also, winners of the 12 best essays, would go home with brand new laptops and other educational tools to help them with their studies and other tertiary research work.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UBA Foundation, Bola Atta, said that with the digital submission portal, more students in senior secondary schools across the country now had the opportunity to scan and send in their entries and compete to win any of the educational grants for study at any university of their choice on the African continent.

She said, “We have worked hard to ensure that every Nigerian high school student who wishes to, will be able to enter the NEC 2023 and stand a chance to win a fully funded University education through the UBA Foundation.

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