Essay Topic

During the COVID-19 Pandemic school closures, explain the interventions you wish you had implemented to make your life at home or your community more comfortable”

Scholarship grant to the 3 National Winners:

First   – Le 50million

Second – Le 30million

Third – Le 20million



Trophies for the 3 National Winners

Laptop plus Plaque/Certificate of Participation for all the 12 Finalists

What is this Competition About?


NEC is a UBA Foundation Initiative scheduled to be organised every year in countries where UBA has presence. This program has been running for the past 9 years in several countries. I am happy to note that UBA Sierra Leone is joining other UBA Group subsidiaries in Africa to launch the programme this year.


NEC is for senior secondary students as part of UBA Foundation’s CSR pillar focusing on education, just like its Read Africa Initiative which is aimed at promoting the reading culture and encouraging healthy and intellectual competition amongst secondary school students across Africa.

Who is the Competition for?

Senior Secondary School pupils- visually impaired students are also encouraged to participate by submitting their Essays by braille

Selection Criteria and Eligibility


  • Applicant must be a senior secondary school pupil
  • Applicant should upload scanned copy of their hand-written essay, of not less than 450 words and not above 500 words on the topic
  • Applicant must submit their essay only once.
  • Applicant Must submit a passport photograph and birth certificate
  • Applicant Must submit their essays on or before the 11th of December 2020, late entries will not be accepted.

How to Apply:

Applicant must submit their completed contact information (Name, Age, School, Address of school, Telephone Number of Parents and Guardian, Residential Address and Email Address).

Applicants must attach photocopies of their birth certificates and a passport picture.


Applicant should send scanned hand-written essay to  cfcsierra-leone@ubagroup.com or WhatsApp to +23275142718


Applicants can also submit their hand-written essays at UBA branches across the country, and at MBSSE district offices nation-wide.

About UBA Foundation

United Bank for Africa (UBA) PLC, Africa’s global bank, is committed to being a socially responsible financial institution and role model for all businesses in Africa. As the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the UBA Group, UBA Foundation is committed to the socio-economic betterment of the communities in which the bank operates, focusing on development in the areas of Education, Environment, Economic Empowerment and Special Projects as its four CSR pillars. The UBA Foundation was incorporated in January 2004.

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