The United Bank of Africa (UBA) has recently acknowledged and rewarded the brightest talents in the UBA Foundation National Essay Competition (NEC) 2023. A total of twelve students advanced to the finals of this literary battle, and during an awarding ceremony hosted at the UBA Head Office on Friday, October 27, 2023, the top three participants were bestowed with prizes. This annual event seeks to nurture communication skills and provide a stepping stone for the future.
Mugisa Alvin, representing Princess High School, stood as the overall champion, a distinction that earned him a laptop and a substantial cash reward of UGX 3.5 million. Additionally, Akori Martha from Tororo Girls School and Tusiime Allan from Exodus College School secured the positions of first and second runners-up, respectively. Both Akori and Tusiime were recipients of brand-new laptops.
The NEC 2023 attracted the participation of students from various schools across Uganda. The essays submitted by these young talents underwent rigorous evaluation by a panel of esteemed judges, comprising professors from renowned Ugandan universities.
Chioma Mang, the Managing Director of UBA Uganda, elucidated the motivation behind hosting such an essay competition. She emphasized the significance of effective communication, asserting that it plays a pivotal role in every aspect of one’s life. Furthermore, she stressed that the competition aims to bolster the confidence of learners, fostering their writing skills in the process. “We run this essay because we also believe that communication is key in everything that you do. We do it to give them (learners) the confidence to express themselves and to build their confidence and writing skills,” she stated.
Ismail Mulindwa, the Director of Basic and Secondary Education at the Ministry of Education, echoed the importance of initiatives like the NEC. He noted that such programs contribute significantly to enhancing students’ reading and writing capabilities and promote assertiveness. “Some students cannot apply for jobs because they are not trained, but if we have such competitions, they learn how to write, read, and to be assertive. As the ministry, we support such initiatives to go ahead,” he affirmed.
The UBA Foundation’s National Essay Competition, which debuted in 2022, is specifically designed for senior secondary students. This initiative was launched by UBA Uganda to furnish students with proficient communication skills, thereby equipping them for success in the professional arena. The competition serves as a competitive platform, facilitating the development of intellectual and writing abilities among senior secondary school students in Uganda.