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Competition 2020 Brings Out The Finest Young Creative Writers in a Challenging Year…..Ten out of the twelve  winners are girls




The UBA Foundation, the CSR arm of the United Bank for Africa, today, held its tenth annual National Essay Competition(NEC) in a virtual ceremony that was attended by high school students from across the nation. The UBA Foundation’s Education initiative has been changing lives for a decade as the tertiary education scholarship programme continues to impact the lives of many students and their communities.


For the fourth consecutive year, the females have been leading this competition with14 year-old Eshiet Abasiekeme of Bright Stars Model Secondary School from Akwa-Ibom state taking home this year’s winning prize.  Eshiet received an educational grant of N2,500,000.00 to study in any African university of her choice. She will also be supported throughout her educational career and beyond with constant mentoring by the UBA Foundation.

Abasiekeme who had joined the virtual event from her base in Akwa Ibom state in Nigeria, could not contain her excitement as she heard the announcement that she had won the first prize of the NEC 2020. “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 proudly, expressing that she would like to go to university in Uyo in her home state.

The second prize was awarded to 14 year old  Mofoluwake Adesanya of Spring Forte-Lead College Lagos State, who won a N2,000,000 educational grant, whilst the third prize of N1,500,000 went to Abdulganiyy Habeebah, 16 years old. Abdulganiyy attends the International School, University of Lagos.  

Eshiet and the 11 other finalists, took home their brand new lap top computers to enable them continue to work competitively in a world that is rapidly becoming fully digitalised.

Congratulating all the winners at the final event of the competition, the Managing Director/CEO of UBA Foundation, Bola Atta, applauded all the participants for their exceptional brilliance.  She explained that the Foundation had taken into consideration the effect that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on lives and incomes across board and had increased the prize money by 33 per cent this year to help cushion any negative or inflationary effects.

Emphasising the driving force behind the annual competition, she said, “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. 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 said.

Also speaking at the opening of the event, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UBA Plc, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka,  commended all 12 finalists, expressing that UBA was happy to be touching lives and making a solid impact through its National Essay Competition, which is now in its 10th edition.  He was very pleased about the fact that more females again came out tops this year, adding that notwithstanding the constraints and challenges of 2020, the Foundation received the highest number of entries ever, at over 12,000 digital submissions’.

Uzoka who is also the Chairman, UBA Foundation said, “The NEC has been changing lives positively for 10 years, and we have awarded scholarships to students not just in Nigeria but in other parts of Africa like Ghana, Sierra Leone and Senegal.  Some of these students are already graduates and contributing meaningfully to their communities’.

To all 12 of you that have emerged finalists, I would like to congratulate you. If out of 12,000 entries you were able to make it to the top 12, that represents about 0.12% of the entries. You are no doubt, already a winner,” he continued.

UBA Foundation’s National Essay Competition is an initiative under the Education pillar of the Foundation. Now in its tenth year, the aim of the NEC is to ensure that more African youths have access to education. The programme also highlights the good quality of education that exists on the continent as it stresses that the grant must be used in any university of the winners’ choice on the African continent.


1 Eshiet Abasiekeme Eshiet   1st
2 Mofuluwake Adesanya   2nd
3 Abdulganiyu Habeeba   3rd
4 Emenugha Hannah Amarachi   4th
5 Ibem Marylyn Anya   5th
6 Ehibor Favour    6th
7 Nwabueze Regina Ugochi   6th
8 Dimaro Tamarapreye    7th
9 Ozoke Melvin Damian Uchenna    8th
10 Enobong Flourish David   9th
11 Chukwuma Light E. C.   10th
12 Stephen God’s Grant   11th



New Book On OBJ For Launch On Monday With John Momoh As Chairman



A new book on former President Olusegun Obasanjo would be launched on Monday, December 28 in Lagos. The book titled: “The man, The General, The President”, written by a former aide of Obasanjo during his second term as president, Otunba Femmy Carrena.

The book is eyewitness account of the seeming unknown sides of the Former president.

According to the author and the Obasanjo Presidential Library, who are organisers of the event, the founder and Chairman of Channels Television,Mr. John Momoh, will be the chairman of the event while business mogul,Chief Kessington Adebutu (CON) is the Chief Launcher.

Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dapo Abiodun of Lagos and Ogun States are expected as Special Guests of honour at the event.
Also expected is the Founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank, Mr. Jim Ovia, among other dignitaries invited to the event.

According to Carrena: “The 10 chapter book took a look at Obasanjo from his childhood, his early days in Ibogun, his younger years in the military, his many roles as president and his other roles, either as a man, army General or a two-term president.

The book also contains some of the behind-the-scene power plays that makes Obasanjo the controversial character that he is.”

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UBA Gets Double Honours at BAFI Awards… Wins Best Bank of the Year, International Bank of the Year



Pan-African financial institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, carted two highly coveted laurels at the BusinessDay’s Bank and other Financial Institutions Awards (BAFI) winning the Bank of the Year and the International Bank of the Year at the glamorous event held over the weekend.

The bank beat other strong contenders – Zenith Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, Access Bank and First Bank – to clinch the two top categories in a well-attended ceremony comprising of Bank CEO’s, Captains of Industries and Senior financial executives.

Deputy Managing Director, Ayo Liadi with the Bank of the Year Award won by UBA at the BusinessDay Bank and other Financial Institutions Award (BAFI), held in Lagos at the weekend.

UBA won the ‘Bank of the Year’ in recognition of UBA’s consistent effort in outperforming its peers using a composite of financial metrics, strategic foresight, execution discipline, world-class governance and global vision.

The Bank also won the award for ‘International Bank of the Year’, a keenly contested category, that pitches Nigerian financial institutions that have expanded on the continent against their international peers operating across Africa.

UBA’s Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Liadi Ayoku, who received the awards on behalf of the bank, expressed his delight on the recognition from BusinessDay.

l-r: Head of Media and Media Relations, UBA Plc, Ramon Nasir; Deputy Managing Director, United Bank for Africa, Liadi Ayoku, President, Nigerian Institute of Taxation, Dame Gladys Olajumoke Simplice; and Managing Director, BusinessDay Newspapers. Mr Ogho Okiti at the BusinessDay Bank and other Financial Institutions Award (BAFI) where UBA won Bank of the Year and International Bank of the Year Awards, held  in Lagos at the weekend.

He said, “These awards mark another milestone for UBA Group and is a testament of the diligent execution of the bank’s strategic initiatives on customer service. Being recognized as Nigeria’s best bank complements positive feedback from customers and is a recognition of our improving efficiencies, service quality and innovation. I therefore dedicate it to our growing loyal corporate and retail customers, who are our essence. Given our heritage commitment to Africa’s development, we continue to impact lives through our service as well as funding to individuals, businesses and government,” he noted.

Ayoku pointed out that the bank remains focused on its goal of democratizing banking in Africa, leveraging on new technologies and emphasised its determination to change the narrative of financial services in Africa.

Publisher of BusinessDay Newspapers, organisers of the event, Frank Aigbogun, noted that UBA has excelled in the key areas of prioritising customers, which according earned the bank the double honours.

While explaining the rationale behind UBA winning the two prestigious categories in its December issue, Aigbogun noted that the bank stood out in prioritising customers as has been evident in the significant rise in  Customer Deposits  which leaped by 35.7 % to N5.2trillion up from N3.8 trillion at the end of the last financial year.

He noted that even though Africa’s economic landscape has been unpredictable in recent times which resulted in recession in Nigeria and some of Africa’s best performing economies, the bank still found its rhythm and excelled.

He said, “In these conditions only the most diversified and innovative of regional banks can prosper. And this is precisely why UBA has scooped the BAFI 2020, Best Bank of the year and International Bank of the year, a testament to hard work, resilience. For one, the lender registered impressive top- and bottom-line growth over the review period.”

United Bank for Africa Plc is a leading Pan-African financial institution, offering banking services to more than twenty-one million customers, across over 1,000 business offices and customer touch points, in 20 African countries. With presence in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France, UBA is connecting people and businesses across Africa through retail; commercial and corporate banking; innovative cross-border payments and remittances; trade finance and ancillary banking services.

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To God be the glory, the ‘Prayer Rain’ programme that holds every Friday at the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) Prayer City is about to mark its 20th Anniversary under the anointed man of God, Dr. D.K Olukoya and set to rain thunderous prayers on the head of your enemies.

The Prayer Rain programme provides a way out for all those wallowing helplessly under satanic harassment. The programme is positioned to let you know what to do with the required prayers and joining the programme live could make the difference between those who sinks or swims in the river of life.

Over the years, Dr. D.K Olukoya has built an aggressive end-time army for the Lord through the Prayer Rain programme where you do-it-yourself as you are trained to wage war against your enemies through powerful prayer points for total victory.

Those in the know disclosed that apart from the Prayer Rain programme, that Dr. D.K Olukoya the God’s general has also published a powerful book called the Prayer Rain which you deserve to have a copy as a spiritual life-jacket that projects; Christian Prayer Manual, Spiritual Warfare Manual, Prayer For Deliverance, Gethsemanic Prayer Model, Kingdom Prayer Style, Apostolic Decrees and powerful Prayer Points.

Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries (MFM) Worldwide, is a Christian ministry devoted to the revival of the apostolic signs, Holy Ghost fireworks and the unlimited demonstration of the power of God to deliver to the uttermost.

The powerful online Prayer Rain programme to mark its 20th Anniversary would take place on Friday, November 27, 2020 by 9.00PM – 12.OO Mid-Night (WAT) under the ministration of Dr. D.K Olukoya, to crumble all barriers and enemies against your greatness with prayer points without limitations. Don’t miss it.


Join us for the special Prayer Rain programme as we rain acidic prayers upon every stubborn problem in our lives by connecting to the links below to partake and watch live:



MFM TV (Free-To-Air on IS20)

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