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14-year-old girl beats 12,000 contestants to emerge winner of essay competition, wins ₦2.5million scholarship to university

A brilliant 14-year-old boy named Eshiet Abasiekeme has outshined 12,000 contestants to emerge as the winner of an essay competition and was awarded ₦2.5million scholarship to study at the university.

Eshiet Abasiekeme, a pupil of Bright Stars Model Secondary School, Akwa Ibom Nigeria emerged as the winner of the United Bank of Africa (UBA) Foundation National Essay Competition(NEC).

She was awarded an educational grant of 2.5 million naira to study at any African university of her choice. She will also be supported throughout her educational career and beyond with constant mentoring by the UBA Foundation.

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The UBA Foundation holds an annual National Essay Competition(NEC) for high school students from across Nigeria. The UBA Foundation’s Education initiative has been changing lives for a decade as the tertiary education scholarship program continues to impact the lives of many students and their communities.

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Eshiet who had joined the virtual event from her school in Akwa Ibom state in Nigeria, expressed her excitement as she heard the announcement that she had won the first prize of the NEC for that year.

“I feel honoured to be the winner of this year’s NEC, and I want to appreciate UBA and UBA Foundation as this will help towards my dream of becoming a lawyer,” she said.  Eshiett together with 11 other finalists, were given brand new laptop computers to enable them to continue to work competitively in the evolving tech world.

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The Managing Director/CEO of UBA Foundation, Bola Atta, congratulated and applauded all the participants for their exceptional brilliance. She stated that the Foundation had taken into consideration the effect that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on lives.


“We are passionate about the annual NEC because it changes lives and helps to improve the quality of lives of students and their families. The NEC helps to improve the quality of writing and competitiveness amongst students,” Bola Attah said.

”We have launched in more African countries this year and would have launched the initiative in 20 countries by the end of 2021. It is not just about writing essays, the ripple effect is really quite enormous, and we are glad that it is cascading to other countries where we operate.’ she added.

Eshiett said she plans to have her undergraduate studies at the University of Uyo because it is her home state.

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