UBA Foundation National Essay Competition 2022

Now in its 12th edition, the UBA National Essay Competition, targeted at senior secondary students in Nigeria, is organized annually as part of the UBA Foundation’s education initiative.

The essay competition promotes the reading culture and encourages healthy and intellectual competition amongst secondary school students in Nigeria and across Africa.

UBA Essay CompetitionInformation
Scholarship SponsorUBA Foundation’s Education Initiative
Scholarship TypeEducational Grant
Scholarship Worth₦11.5 million
Number of Awards3
Study LevelSecondary School
Start DateSeptember 7th 2022
Application DeadlineFriday, October 14th 2022

Scholarship Requirements

  • Must be a secondary school student
  • Must submit a handwritten essay (750 words MAX)
  • Must submit a passport photograph
  • Must submit a copy of a birth certificate, National ID or Passport

Selection Procedure

Entries received for the competition will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges made up of professors from reputable Nigerian Universities, who will then shortlist 12 essays for further assessment.

Following this, the second round of the competition will involve the 12 finalists who will write a second supervised essay.

The three best essays will be selected as the winners from the 12 finalists who emerged from the first round of the competition.

Essay Topic

ASUU Strikes have often cost Nigerian students time. Advise the Nigerian government on how they can reach an agreement with ASUU to improve tertiary education in the nation.


  • Winner: N5 million educational grant to any African University of their choice.
  • 1st Runner-up: N3 million educational grants to any African University.
  • 2nd runner-up: N2.5 million educational grants to any African University.

How to Apply

  • 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.
  • Applicants must upload a handwritten essay on the portal


Entries for the UBA National Essay Competition open on Wednesday, September 7th 2022, and close Friday, October 14th 2022.

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14 thoughts on “UBA Foundation National Essay Competition 2022”

    • Hello Kate,

      The UBA Foundation Essay Competition is yet to start this year.

      You will get the update here when the essay competition kicks off.

      Do have a wonderful day.

  1. I’ve been trying since yesterday to upload my nephew’s essay and other documents, but it keeps rejecting it saying files could not be uploaded. Please, does anyone have an alternate means of submitting them? Like via email or something? Thanks.


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