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UONGOZI Leadership Essay Contest for African Students (USD$2000 + Fully-funded to Johannesburg, South Africa) 2018

African citizens between the age of 18-25 are invited to submit an essay for this year’s Leadership Essay Contest organised by the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI Institute).

Application Deadline: 18th May, 2018 (5pm GMT).

Eligible Countries: African countries

To be taken at (country): South Africa

About the Award: The essay contest aims to provide a space for the youth of Africa and the next generation of leaders in the region to contribute to important discussions on leadership.

Type: Contest

Eligibility/Criteria: The contest is open to all African citizens between the age of 18 – 25 years old, to write about their perspective on leadership as it relates to peace and security in Africa.

The essays should respond to the following question:

“If you were an African leader how would you finance development and transformation?”

  • The essays should be no more than 2 A4 pages long.
  • The format shall be of single spaced, Arial font size 11 with page margins of 1 inch (2.54cm) for each margin, and sent as a Microsoft Word document.
  • Essays will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, use of language and appropirateness to contest theme.
  • All essays must be written in English.
  • Applicants must be African citizens between the age of 18-25 currently residing in Africa.
  • The selected winners will be required to travel to Kigali on 25th July, 2018, therefore valid identification and travel documents will be required for this purpose.


Number of Awards: 5. A total of five winners will be selected.

Value of Program: 

  • A grand prize of USD $2,000 will be awarded to the overall winner. The second prize will be $1,500, third prize $1,000, fourth prize $700 and fifth prize $500.
  • The top 5 winners will travel to Kigali, Rwanda, to receive their awards at a prize giving ceremony to be held during the African Leadership Forum Gala Dinner on 27th July, 2018, which will be attended by senior leaders from across Africa in the public, private and civil society sectors.
  • The overall winner will be asked to read the winning essay at the event.

How to Apply: 

  • Essays should be submitted by email to
  • Applicants must also submit a written statement of originality and ownership of intellectual property rights.
  • The final deadline for submission will be Friday, 18th May, 2018 (5pm GMT). The top five winners will be notified via email on the first week of July, 2018. Feedback will not be provided on individual essays.


Visit Program Webpage for details

Award Provider: UONGOZI Institute

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