UBA Ghana Officially Launches 2020 National Essay Competition (UBANEC)

The United Bank for Africa (Ghana) has launched the seventh edition of the UBA National Essay Competition. The UBA Foundation National Essay Competition (NEC), which was launched in 2014 in Ghana, is aimed at funding the education of Senior High School (SHS) students in any university of choice in Africa.

It has provided a competitive platform to develop the intellectual and writing abilities of SHS students in Ghana and other African countries where UBA operates and granting winners scholarships to study in any university in Africa.

The competition in Ghana has so far produced over 18 winners, who are currently studying in various universities across the country. The number of participants in this year’s edition is expected to increase to over 5,000.

The participating students will battle it out in the essay writing competition on the topic: ‘You have been given the opportunity to speak at the U.N general assembly meeting in New York on the challenges facing education of the African youth in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Write your speech’.

Speaking at the launch, UBA Ghana MD/CEO, Olalekan Balogun said: “UBA is very committed to the area of education of the African in a bid to transform the continent and achieve Africapitalism as espoused by our Chairman Tony Elumelu. Tony Elumelu’s Africapitalism concept believes in using African resources to develop Africa and chief among them is the human resources”.

Mr Balogun noted the essay competition forms part of UBA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives to support the educational sector in Ghana. He continued the UBA believes in the future of Africa’s youth and had therefore instituted a number of interventions in education to secure the future of the continent saying “we believe that giving back to the society through education can impact everybody and help the continent grow”.

“This year, we hope to receive entries from applicants from secondary schools across the entire country. The advent of the novel coronavirus has also brought in its wake more innovation and, therefore, we have modified the submission process to ensure ease of access and increased participation of senior secondary school students”.

Mode of application

Applicants can now submit entries through an online submission portal www.ubaghana.com/nationalessaycompetition2020.

He, therefore, urged students, teachers, parents and guardians from all parts of the country to continue supporting the NEC project by participating or encouraging students to submit their entries.


In spite of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, UBA has kept the winning prizes as US$5,000, US$3,000, and US$2,000 to assist the first, second and third place students respectively, to attend any university of their choice in Africa.

The topic is appropriate

The representative of the Minister of Education, Mr. Godwin Godson Elli, said: “The choice of your 2020 essay topic is one that I find most appropriate as the world continues to battle the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past six months or so, COVID-19 has disrupted our lives in many ways significantly, and education has borne its share of the brunt”.

Suddenly, many parents are saddled with their children all day long and have come to appreciate the enormity of the teacher’s work. We all owe a great debt to our gallant teachers for the various roles they have played and continue to play in our lives”.

Mr. Elli was confident that the essayists would appreciate the issues that the competition seeks to address and avert all their minds not only to the challenges but what they can do to surmount them as they try to restore their lives to normal.

He was delighted to note that UBA is involved in the development of literacy skills, first through its Read Africa project, and also through its National Essay Competition for Senior High Schools.

A representative of the Director-General of Ghana Education Service (GES), Mrs Ajuba Adu-Tutu added that UBA has partnered the Ministry and the Ghana Education Service for the last seven years to organize the National Essay Competition.

“The money they have voted every year to pay for the scholarship for the winning students is significant and ensures that every child desirous of attaining the highest education in Ghana can do so,” she said.

Miss Akpene Yankson, the current champion from Wesley Girls High School encouraged other students to participate in the competition noting it is very competitive and helps students to develop their creative writing skills. “Above all, UBA would support the winners with funding to attend tertiary education which I am so happy about”.

How To Surprise🎁 Your Girlfriend👩‍👧On Her Birthday🎂

In fact, some of the best gifts are ones that come from the heart rather than being expensive or elaborate. Try one of these ideas for making your girlfriend feel special on her birthday:

Do something she has wanted to do for a long time.

Surprise your girlfriend on her birthday by doing something she has wanted to do for a long time.

Here are some ideas:

  • Go for a morning jog with her at the park.
  • Volunteer at the animal shelter together, cleaning cages and feeding dogs or cats. If you have kids, you could also bring them along when they're old enough to help out as well! This will be a great bonding experience for everyone involved!
  • Take her on an adventure in nature like hiking up a mountain or exploring caves nearby (if there are any). It's important that you plan ahead so she doesn't get hurt while trying these activities though! Also, make sure they aren't too strenuous since women tend to not have as much energy as men do even if they look good doing it too 😉

Go somewhere she has always wanted to go.

As a rule of thumb, we suggest that you take your girlfriend somewhere she has always wanted to go, but never had the time. This can be anything from a trip to the beach or concert to an amusement park or weekend getaway at a fancy hotel. The point is for you both to enjoy yourselves and have fun together!

If you want to do something really special for your lady love on her next birthday, book tickets for her favourite band taking over the town in two weeks—but don't tell her about it yet! This will keep her on her toes during their concert date and make her feel loved after all this effort from you!

Take her on an unconventional date.

A unique date can be the perfect way to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. When you take a girl out for the first time, you have to impress her and show her that you are not just any guy.

If she's never been to the place where you're taking her for dinner or drinks, then it'll definitely leave an impression on your woman.

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You don't have to go overboard with this one; just try something new and exciting! Even if what you choose is not extravagant or expensive, she will appreciate that special effort was made in order for her enjoyment - even more so when she realizes that all other guys wouldn't bother doing such things for their girlfriends' birthdays (or at all).

Get her a thoughtful gift.

When you're looking for the perfect birthday gift for your girlfriend, it's important to keep in mind that she will actually use and appreciate what you get her. A thoughtful gift is one that is special to you, but also something she will appreciate. You can take this a step further by making the gift yourself—this shows that you put a lot of thought into it!

A few ideas:

  • Paint her favourite picture of herself on canvas (or another medium) using watercolours or acrylics
  • Make a scrapbook filled with photos of your favourite memories together and write captions as captions were written back when people still wrote on paper instead of computers (which means they're handwritten)

Spend more time with her than you usually do.

As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. This is especially true when it comes to your girlfriend of four years who has been feeling neglected lately and has been complaining that she wants more time with you.

Spend more time with her than you usually do. Make sure that each day you spend some quality one-on-one time with her before bedtime so that she knows how much she means to you—and how much fun she can be!

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important for couples to make time for each other even when life gets busy; this can help keep the spark alive in any relationship!

Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.

  • Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.
  • Go for a walk in the park, go for a hike, or get a babysitter and go to a movie.
  • Take your girlfriend to an art gallery or museum and look at all the paintings together.
  • Go to an amusement park that she's never been to before (but don't forget her birthday present).
  • Go see a comedian perform live with your girlfriend so that he can make jokes about how old you both are!

Bring her flowers or a small gift when she least expects it.

Flowers are a classic gift that any woman would love to receive on her birthday. The most important thing to know is what kind of flowers she likes best, so do some research and make sure you know your girl's favourite flower before you go out and buy it.

If you're not sure, ask her friends or family members what they think she would like.

Another thing you can do with flowers is getting creative with the presentation. You could wrap them up in cellophane and place them in a small box filled with tissue paper or put them in a vase and bring that to her house.

This can be done by asking the florist for help if you aren't sure how to arrange them yourself!

Don't forget to include a card or note explaining why they're special: "Happy Birthday" or some form of gratitude might be enough depending on how well you know each other at this point (if not yet).

Give her a private dance party.

If you want to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday, then the best way is to invite her over for a private dance party.

You could play some of her favourite songs, or even make up a song that describes how much she means to you. You can even put on some fancy clothes and dance with her. The most important thing is to make it special because after all, this is the woman who has been by your side since the beginning.

If she doesn't like dancing and prefers to sit back and watch others do their thing, then just make sure that she feels comfortable watching from afar before joining the fun!

Bring back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.

One of the best ways to surprise her is by bringing back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.

The best way to bring back a happy memory is by showing her something that reminds you both of that memory, like photos or videos. You can also share stories about how funny it was, and how much fun you had together.

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For example, if she always laughs when you say “I love dinosaurs” in a really annoying voice, then saying “I love dinosaurs” in your most annoying voice would be a great way to surprise her on her birthday!

You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money

You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money.

Spending time with her and doing something she has always wanted to do is one of the best ways to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. You can also surprise her by buying her a thoughtful gift.

To make this gift special, you can add a personal touch that not everyone else will have thought of. For example, if your girlfriend likes chocolate then you could buy her some chocolates but add a personal message inside each box so that only they know what it says.


You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show how much you care about your girlfriend. If you want to do something special for her birthday, just think about what she likes and try to make it happen.

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