Leadership Essay Competition 2018

Deadline: 18 May 2018
Open to: African citizens
Awards: first place: 2ooo USD; second: 1500 USD; third: 1000 USD; fourth: 700 USD; fifth: 500 USD


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?”

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.

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 2,000 USD 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 and 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.

How to Apply?

Essays should be submitted by email to [email protected].

Applicants must also submit a written statement of originality and ownership of intellectual property rights. Please read the part for  “Template for Statement of Originality“.

For more information please visit the official website.