AUDA/NEPAD Essay Contest 2019 for African Youths


The African Union Development Agency/NEPAD (AUDA/NEPAD) is now accepting entries from African Youths for its Essay Contest tagged ‘The Africa we Want”. The deadline for submission of entries is 28th February, 2019.

AUDA:NEPAD Youth Essay Contest

AUDA/NEPAD recognises African youth as important stakeholders in achieving the Agenda 2063 goals and aspirations. In this regard, deliberate efforts are being made to harness the intellectual insights and energies of the youth in shaping the pathways and participating in the implementation of Agenda 2063. Accordingly, AUDA/NEPAD is organising a short essay contest that will serve to solicit novel ideas from Africa’s youth.



AUDA/NEPAD Youth Essay Contest Eligibility

Contestants must be aged between 15 and 35 years by the contest deadline. Only one proposal per contestant will be accepted. Contestants must be African citizens; non-African citizens are not eligible to participate in the contest. All youths (between the ages of 15 and 35) and especially girls, women and people living with disabilities are strongly encouraged to participate.

AUDA/NEPAD Youth Essay Contest Rules and Requirements

The rules and requirements for this short essay contest are outlined below:

The short essay subject is “The Africa We Want”. Participants are invited to submit their innovative ideas through a short essay format – the ideas or proposals should be those that can potentially have positive societal impact currently, or those that will transform the African continent in years to come through action/s that need to be taken now.

The essays will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Content and relevance in terms of Africa’s development;
  • Innovation and creativity;
  • Potential for implementing the idea on a large scale using Africa’s own resources.

AUDA/NEPAD Youth Essay Contest Benefits

The finalists will be invited to a high level platform in April 2019, called ‘Championing of Agenda 2063 for #TheAfricaWeWant’ in Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition, the best essays will be posted on AUDA/NEPAD’s website and other platforms. All five winners will be awarded with prizes at the awards ceremony attended by high profile leaders in Africa.

How to Enter AUDA/NEPAD Youth Essay Contest 

All contestants must submit a completed and signed version of the document below. Please place a check next to each item below to be certain you have not missed anything!

  • The essay – as per the instructions below
  • Parental consent (Applicable only to those below the age of 18)
  • Consent Form

Essay instructions: Type the essay on A4 paper size, 2-3 pages maximum. Handwritten essays are accepted and should be on A4 paper size, 2-3 pages maximum. Please include your name on the essay.

LANGUAGE: Essays can be written in any of the African Union (AU) official languages namely: Swahili, English, French, Arabic and Portuguese.

If sending by EMAIL: Scan your entry documents to a .jpg or .pdf format and attach them to the email. Please send the email to essay@nepad.org.

If sending by POST: Address the mail to: NEPAD Agency, 230, 15th Road Randjespark, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

* If posting your entry, please be sure to paperclip all of your documents together, including the essay.

This contest opens on 21January 2019 and closes at midnight on 28 February 2019. Essays must be received by 11:59PM GMT on 28 February 2019 OR postmarked by 28 February 2019 if sent by post.

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