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NSE set to announce 2018 Essay Competition winners

The Nigerian Stock Exchange

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) is set to announce the winners of the 2018 edition of its NSE annual essay competition for students in Senior Secondary Schools in all states of the Federation.

The Grand Finale and Awards Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Civic Center, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The topic for this year’s edition, “Discuss how technology can promote financial literacy and encourage
investment habit among youths” aims to bring the subject of technology to the fore and get young people
thinking about how to adopt technology as a veritable tool for building a financially savvy generation.
This year’s competition, supported by Jim Ovia Foundation, Access Bank Plc and Prime Atlantic Limited, was
opened for entry on Monday, July 16, 2018 and closed on Friday, October 26, 2018. We received over 20,000
entries across the Federation, 50% more than the total entries received in 2017.
The competition recognises the top 10 essays, while, the top three essay writers will be rewarded with equity
investments, university scholarship funds and personal laptops/tablets at the Awards Ceremony.

The winners will also be hosted to a Closing Gong ceremony at The Exchange. The schools represented by the top three winners will be recognised and presented with prizes such as trophies, desktop computers and printers. The
remaining seven (7) essay writers will receive consolation prizes, certificates of achievement and recognition
at the awards ceremony.
Mr. Olumide Orojimi, Head, Corporate Communications, NSE, expressed his happiness about this year’s NSE
Essay Competition and how it has increased the reach of The Exchange’s CSR programmes in line with its
sustainability mantra.

In his words, “Improving financial literacy is important to the future of Nigeria as they are an important stakeholder group as it relates to planning for a sustainable future as a nation. This is one of the ways we contribute to building a financially literate populace that can access various financial inclusion offerings available to them.”
The essay entries were graded by a team of highly qualified examiners, identified in partnership with the
Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers.

There were three stages of grading: At the first stage, all entries were marked and essay writers who scored 70 per cent and above were invited for the second stage, which required that students write an in-person follow up essay on a related topic at any of the NSE branches closest to them.
The top 10 essay writers progressed to the third stage which eventually produced the top three
essay writers.