A 16-year old General Science student of Ola Senior High School, Ho has been adjudged the winner of United Bank of Africa’s National Essay Competition.
Adzokpa Seraphine Aku Kekeli took home a scholarship package of GHȼ20,000.00, a UBA embossed trophy, a laptop and a certificate after beating eleven other finalists.
The first-runner up position was taken by Frederick Nana Kwame Asante, a General Arts student of Accra Academy School, while the third position went to another General Arts student, Kwabla Adjani, a student of the Sogakope Senior High School.
The first and second runners-up also got scholarship packages of GHȼ14,000.00 and GHȼ 8,000.00 respectively towards university tuition/fees, a laptop and a certificate.
The educational grants would allow the top three winners to study in any African university of their choice.
Ijeoma Aso, Chief Executive Officer of UBA Foundation, said the scholarship packages would be put in a trust fund and would be disbursed during the winners’ university education.
The UBA Foundation is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc.
Mrs Abiola Bawuah, Managing Director of UBA Ghana, commended the winners and the other finalists for their hard work.
“For the past 4 years, UBA Ghana has been supplying literature books written by African writers to a number of Senior High Schools across the country to help instill the culture of reading among senior high school students, with the ultimate aim of improving both written and verbal communication in English,” she said.
Also, she said the bank had also introduced the National Essay Competition targeted at second cycle students.
“It is our hope that, the educational grants the winners will receive from UBA will help some brilliant but needy students realize their dreams,” she said.
Mrs Bawuah said “the road to transforming and improving our educational sector may appear long and dreary; but we at UBA are hopeful and committed to providing our quota in supporting government, the Ministry of Education, parents and students to improve education in Ghana.”
Mrs Cynthia Bosomtwi Sam, Director, Curriculum Research of Development Division (CRDD) of Ghana Education Service (G.E.S) who stood in for Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the deputy Minister of Education in-charge of Tertiary Education, lauded UBA for the initiative.
She said the Education Ministry would continue to support the UBA National Essay Competition amongst Senior High School students to ensure that it becomes most sought after competition.
Source – GNA