Wesley Girls High School’s Assanwaa Akpene Yankson has been declared the winner of the 2019 UBA National Essay Competition, making her the school’s third student to win the competition since its inception in 2014.
She succeeds Paulina Bedwiwaah Mensah, who went on to win the title in 2014 and who is studying medicine at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She also follows Hannah Akahoho, who won in 2016.
The 6th edition of the National Essay Competition has included more than 1,000 submissions from schools in 16 regions of Ghana.
The dramatic yet thrilling moment saw Assanwaa Yankson at the award ceremony at the British Council Hall in Accra on Monday, January 13, 2020, earning the grand prize of a colossal USD 5,000 worth of scholarship.
Nathaniel Mawuli Fleku from St. Mary’s Senior High School in the Volta Region also won a $3,000 scholarship as the 1st runner up, while Desmond Duodu Yeboah from Opoku Ware Senior High School in Kumasi earned a $2,000 scholarship as the 2nd runner up.
Speaking at the event, Isong Udom, UBA Ghana’s managing director congratulated all 10 finalists and urged them to use the opportunity they were provided to excel in their academic pursuits.
“UBA is very dedicated to the African education field in an attempt to change the region further,” Mr Udom said.
Mr.Udom also congratulated the past recipient, Ms.Dorcas Darko, who graduated from the University of Ghana in 2019 and urged the winners to imitate her example by taking their studies seriously to realise their academic dreams and aspirations.
Deputy Education Minister and MP in the Ashanti District of Bosomtwi, Hon. Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum congratulated UBA on the decision to support the government’s effort to ensure that the maximum level of education is offered to all qualifying Ghanaian students.
He spoke of his encounters and inspired students to make attempts through hard work and determination to fulfil their dreams.
He called for other Ghana-based companies to adopt the polished model of the UBA.
Both the UBA branded Laptop and other UBA branded souvenirs were given to each of the 10 finalists as a reward for the daring step taken to compete in and to reach the endpoint.
This year’s award declaration means the Bank will now fund 18 students in any of Africa’s universities of choosing.
A global forum for the creation of academic and writing abilities of students of the SHS in Ghana and the grant of fully paid bursaries to all Universities in Africa is the National Essays competition, an initiative of the Université d’Amérique (UBA) after it was introduced in Ghana in 2014.
Source: UBA Ghana