African citizens between the age of 18-25 are invited to submit an essay for this year’s Leadership Essay Contest organised by the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI Institute).

 Application Deadline

 14th July, 2017 (5pm GMT).

Eligible Countries 

African countries

To be taken at (country)

South Africa

About the

 The essay contest aims to provide a space for the of Africa and the next generation of leaders in the region to contribute to important discussions on leadership.


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

“If you were a leader, what would you do to ensure that peace and is achieved and sustained in Africa?”

  • The should be no more than 2 A4 pages long. The format shall be of single spaced, Arial font size 11, and sent as a Microsoft Word document.
  • Applicants must be African citizens between the age of 18-25 currently residing in Africa.
  • The selected winners will be required to travel to Johannesburg on 23 August, 2017, therefore valid identification and travel documents will be required for this purpose.

Selection Criteria 

will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, use of language and appropriateness to the contest theme.

All must be written in English.

Number of Awards: 5

Value of Program: A grand prize of USD $2,000 will be awarded to the overall winner of the essay contest.  A total of five winners will be selected. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the second to fifth place winners.

 The top 5 winners will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, to receive their awards at a prize giving ceremony to be held during the Africa Leadership Forum Dinner Gala on 24 August, 2017, which will be attended by senior leaders from the public, private and civil society sectors. The overall winner will be asked to read the winning essay at the event.across Africa in

How to Apply:  should be submitted by email to

Applicants must also submit a written statement of originality and ownership of intellectual property rights.

The final deadline for submission will be Friday, 14th July, 2017 (5pm GMT). The top five finalists will be notified via email by the first week of August. Feedback will not be provided on individual essays.

Template for Statement of Originality:

I, (Enter full name), hereby confirm that the content of the essay I have submitted is my own work and it has not been submitted elsewhere for any other purpose.

I certify that the intellectual property rights for this essay are owned by me and that any information that was sourced elsewhere has been appropriately acknowledged.

(Enter Signature and date)

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Award Provider: UONGOZI Institute

9 Responses

  1. Warees Solanke
    Warees Solanke

    Simple now! Provide what guarantees peace of mind and security from hunger, poverty. I will ask what the Scandinavia is doing that brings ifayabale or the small Arab Qatar or Libya under Gaddafi

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  2. Hassan Cissey
    Hassan Cissey

    Very straightforward. As a leader, give those you govern their constitutional right, always call for dialogue when any conflict is perceived and always be prayerful…
    Three fundamental principles for ending conflict in any nation.

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    • Clement Abegunde
      Clement Abegunde

      But Hassan, do you realize that what is your constitutional right may not be my constitutional right? Until we have similar vision or orientation, we can’t think the same way. Any solution to our problems must begin from having a good leadership.

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  3. Clement Abegunde
    Clement Abegunde

    I believe Africans generally need moral, social and, if possible, spiritual rebirth. To accomplish this remains a great huddle. Everything about us is centred around quick and personal gains. Nothing is done to benefit humanity. Sir, most of our NGOs are established for getting donors to exploit. Sir, something is wrong with our foundations/culture. How do we then destroy the demons in average African? These factors are responsible for the sufferings we see manifesting in Africa.

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  4. Tope Sunday
    Tope Sunday

    If today, fortune smiles on me and I become a leader, I will ensure that justice prevail at all times. I will be fair to all and sundry, and I will not place one ethnic above the other. Also, as a Christian, I will not treat adherents of other religions as second fiddle, rather, I will treat all, equally. If I were to be a Nigerian leader, I will jettison the Federal Character principles because, it sacrifices competency for sentiment. I will work very closely with the lawmakers to enact a law that will make all the elective positions less attractive and perhaps, on a part-time basis. This, I believe, will put an end to the sit-tight syndrome in most of the African countries. I will fight corruption to a standstill and I will not be selective in my war against corruption as being witnessed in Nigeria today. I will go after those who had looted the country’s treasury and will reward hard work and honesty to encourage others to be more patriotic. I will make hate speech a crime and will be punishable with life imprisonment. The value system has collapsed, I will embark on a massive cultural re-birth, which places high premium on good character, integrity and honesty. I will ensure that all regions have control over their natural resources (restructuring), and I will ensure that they are all heard. May God help me, amen!

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