Leadership Essay Competition 2018

Deadline: 18 May 2018
Open to:  all African citizens between the age of 18 – 25 years old
Award: grand prize of USD 2,000


African citizens between the age of 18-25 are invited to submit an essay for this year’s Leadership Essay Competition organized by UONGOZI Institute.

The competition 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.

The competition is open to all African citizens between the age of 18 – 25 years old, to write about their perspectives on leadership as it relates to financing development and transformation in Africa. The essays should respond to the following question:

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

All essays must be written in English.


  • Applicants must be African citizens between the age of 18-25;
  • 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 grand prize of USD 2,000 will be awarded to the overall winner.

A total of five winners will be selected.

  • The second prize will be 1,500 USD;
  • Third prize 1,000 USD;
  • Fourth prize 700 USD;
  • Fifth prize 500 USD.

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?

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.

Essays should be submitted by email to submissions@uongozi.or.tz.

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.

For more information please visit the official website.