UONGOZI Institute Leadership Essay Competition for African Citizens

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UONGOZI Institute Leadership Essay Competition for African Citizens

UONGOZI Institute organized an essay competition “Leadership Essay Competition”. The competition is open to all African citizens between the age of 18-25 to write to submit an essay about their perspectives on leadership as it relates to financing development and transformation in Africa.

The aim of the competition is 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.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the applicant must meet all the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be African citizens
  • Applicants must be between the age of 18-25

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To apply, the applicant must submit an essay by email to submissions[@]uongozi.or.tz.

  • The essays should respond to the following question: “If you were an African leader how would you finance development and transformation?
  • Applicants must also submit a written statement of originality and ownership of intellectual property rights.


  • 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 appropriateness to contest theme.
  • 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.


  • A total of five winners will be selected.
  • 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.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline for submission is Friday, 18th May 2018 (5 pm GMT).

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