Sophie Onuh of Nikkyt High School in Abia State Monday emerged the winner of an essay competition organized by the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE. Her first and second runners-up were Blessing Ejike from Beth Roots Model Secondary School, Onitsha, Anambra State and Dan Onmonya of Mount Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School, Makurdi, Benue State.
Over 5000 entries were reported to have been received during this year’s edition of the annual competition. The essay competition, begun 14 years ago, has as this year’s theme, ‘Boosting financial inclusion in Nigeria by enhancing investor education and financial literacy.’
NSE’s Chief Executive Officer, Oscar Onyema, lauded the initiative which he said has positively impacted many young Nigerian lives in secondary schools.
Onyema explained that “the integration of financial literacy in Nigeria” was part of the underlying focus of the initiative.
“Through 200 free capacity building workshops, approximately 16,000 retail investors from the grassroots can now make better investment decisions,” he said.
The NSE boss said they would continue to commit to financial inclusion and literacy in the Nigeria.
He said NSE being a member of the National Financial Literacy Steering Committee “is working towards a coordinated approach to enhancing financial literacy in Nigeria.”