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UONGOZI Institute 2023 Youth Leadership Competition for African Students (Fully-funded)

The Youth Leadership Competition is organised as a component of the African Leadership Forum (ALF) 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 and sustainable development.

In each contest, African citizens between the age of 18 and 25 are asked to write about their perspectives on leadership as it relates to a theme tied to the ALF.  

The essays are rigorously evaluated on the basis of originality, organisation, creativity, appropriateness to contest theme and the use of language. The winners get the opportunity to participate in the ALF plenary session and receive their awards at a prize-giving ceremony – in the presence of distinguished delegates from the forum.

Essay Topic: If you were an African leader, how would you promote African intra-trade to unlock agricultural potential in the Continent?

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About UONGOZI Institute Leadership

The Leadership Essay Competition is organised annually by UONGOZI Institute 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 and sustainable development. Since 2013, seven Competitions have been organised. This blog will serve as an informal platform for the UONGOZI Institute (UI) to provide useful information, as well as encourage an exchange of ideas, for those across the continent, and beyond, who are interested in issues of leadership and sustainable development in Africa. Posts will cover... read more


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UONGOZI Institute Youth Leadership Competition


Aim and Benefits of UONGOZI Institute Youth Leadership Competition

  • Young Africans between the age of 18 and 25.
  • All essays must be typed. The minimum length is 500 words, and the maximum is 700 words. The format shall be of single spaced, Arial font size 11 with page margins of 1 inch (2.54 cm) for each margin, and sent as a Microsoft Word document.

Requirements for UONGOZI Institute Youth Leadership Competition Qualification

  • Up to five winners will be selected. Winners will be asked to create posters to visually describe their ideas. The posters will be showcased at the ALF.
  • Winners will receive their awards at a prize giving ceremony to be held during the ALF Gala Dinner on 23 February, 2023. The ceremony will be attended by senior leaders from across Africa, representing public, private and third sectors.
  • A grand prize of USD $2,000 will be awarded to the overall winner, and they will be asked to read their essay at the dinner event.
  • Selected winners residing outside Ghana will be required to have valid travel documents for travel. UONGOZI Institute will cover the costs related to their travel, including visa fees, air ticket and accommodation. 

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Interview date, Process and Venue for UONGOZI Institute Youth Leadership Competition

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must also submit a written statement of originality and ownership of intellectual property rights. Download a template here
  • Essays will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, use of language and appropriateness to contest theme.

Application Deadline

January 10, 2023


How to Apply

For more details,visit UONGOZI Institute website


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