Miss Chiamaka Loretta Nwajiaku from the Sacred Heart College, Apapa, Lagos, has won 1st prize in the 2015 NSE Essay Competition for Senior Secondary School Students. She emerged winner ahead of over 4,000 students across the country, winning N500,000 in scholarship fund for university education, N250,000 worth of equity investment and a laptop. She was also honoured with a Closing Gong ceremony. Miss Vivian Aneke of Government Day Secondary School, Gwagwalada, Abuja and Miss Kindness Jehu of All Saints College, Gombe emerged first and second runner up respectively.
Speaking at the awards ceremony held at the Civic Centre on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, the CEO of The Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr. Oscar N. Onyema, OON, noted that the Exchange is taking the lead in championing financial literacy and inclusion in Nigeria. “Since it began in year 2000, the annual NSE Essay Competition has inspired over 20,000 young people in over 7,000 secondary schools across Nigeria to showcase what they have learned about financial and capital markets”.
Mr. Onyema expressed satisfaction with the number of participants of the 2015 NSE Essay Competition stating that “This year, we have been truly impressed by the quality of entries, pedigree of schools and the diversity in the submissions. We believe that the impact of this initiative is commendable as we continue to record high levels of participation, increased interest and awareness of the dynamics of the stock market”.
Delivering her keynote address, Mrs. Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli, MFR, Founder, LEAP Africa, said “young people should learn to take responsibility and have a life of service”.
The NSE Essay Competition is one of the Exchange’s financial literacy and inclusion initiatives aimed at building a financially savvy generation.