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  The UBA Foundation is inviting students in secondary schools across Nigeria to submit entries for its annual National Essay Competition. The organization says it will be rewarding the top 3 entrants with educational grants worth millions of naira. According to the UBA Foundation, this initiative is aimed at promoting the reading culture and encouraging healthy intellectual competition among students in Nigeria’s secondary schools.
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The essay topic for this year’s edition of the competition is: Will Artificial Intelligence Take Over Human Intelligence? What Should Students Do to Ensure AI Doesn’t Override But Enhances Their Ability to Learn Through Research?


The following awards will be presented to the top 3 competitors:
  • First Prize: A ₦5 million educational grant to an African university of their choice
  • Second Prize: A ₦3 million educational grant to an African university of their choice
  • Third Prize: A ₦2.5 million educational grant to an African university of their choice

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This competition is open to persons who meet these criteria:
  • Must be a Nigerian student enrolled at a senior secondary school in the country
  • Must submit a passport photograph of themselves
  • Must submit a scanned copy of a means of identification (birth certificate, National ID, or passport)

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How to Apply

The application process involves taking the following steps:
  • Uploading a scanned copy of their original birth certificate or international passport data page
  • Uploading a handwritten essay of not more than 750 words on the portal
Entries will remain open until Friday, October 20, 2023. If you would like to enter this competition, you can do so HERE. Featured Image Source: Opportunities For Africans
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This article was first published on 13th September 2023 and updated on September 18th, 2023 at 2:18 pm


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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