As part of its commitment towards the Nigerian child, Ecobank has called for children aged between the ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 17 to send in articles on the topic “My Plan For Nigeria If I’m Elected President” as part of activities to mark this year’s Children Day on May 27th.

Announcing the commencement of the competition in Lagos, Ecobank’s Country Head of Domestic Products, Mrs. Funmi Ajayi , said the essay writing which is the bank’s Annual Essay competition and open to children under the Ecobank Education Support Saving Account (ESSA and ESSA+), also known as the Ecobank Youth Account, will have lots of Mega prizes to be won.

The applicants are to write between 200 to 300 words on the topic and submit to Ecobank not later than May 27, 2011. Entries are to have the contestant’s full name, age, phone number, ESSA account number, home address and school name written at the top right hand corner of the opening page.

Ecobank’s Country Head of Domestic Products, Mrs. Funmi Ajayi, made known that as least 30 winners; 15 in each category will go home with laptops: while 20 winners; 10 in each category will have the educational grant worth N10, 000 each.

According to Mrs. Ajayi, the competition is strictly opened to children that have the ESSA account, while those without the account can quickly go to any Ecobank branch to open an account with a minimum of N1000 to be eligible to participate.

She said entries are to be submitted at any Ecobank branch or sent to [email protected] In her words “shortlisted winners will be contacted via telephone and their names will be published in local press in June”.

The maiden edition had 10,000 applications, and 29 eventual winners taking home laptops and having ESSA Account with a deposit of N5, 000 opened for them.

The Ecobank Annual Essay Competition instituted in 2010 is adjudged very credible as it is graded by examiners accredited by the West African Examination Council (WAEC).

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