Apply for 2019 Uongozi Institute Essay Competition

Uongozi Institute

The 2019 edition of the Uongozi Institute Essay Competition is now open for applications. The leadership essay competition that attracts young African writers aged between 18 years and 25 years is open for eligible individuals from across Africa to apply.

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 and sustainable development.


This year’s Competition aims to solicit thoughts on promoting good natural resource management for socioeconomic transformation in Africa. The essays should respond to the following question:

“If you were an African leader, how would you promote sustainable use of the renewable natural resources for fostering socioeconomic transformation in Africa?”

All essays must be typed. The maximum length is two (2) A4 pages. 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.

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

All essays must be written in English.


A grand prize of USD $2,000 will be awarded to the overall winner. Up to five winners will be selected.

The winners will receive their awards at a prize giving ceremony. The ceremony will be held during theAfrican Leadership ForumGala Dinner on 29th August, 2019, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Among those expected to attend the ceremony include former African Heads of State and other distinguished leaders from the public sector, private sector, academia and civil society.

Additionally, the overall winner will be asked to read the winning essay at the event.


Applicants for the Uongozi Institute Essay Competition mustbe African citizens between the age of 18 and 25 years.


Essays should be submitted by email

Applicantsmustalso submit a writtenStatement of Originalityand ownership of intellectual property rights.

The final deadline for submission will be Friday, 21st June, 2019 at 17:00 hours (GMT).The winners will be notified via email on the third week of July, 2019.Feedback will not be provided on individual essays.

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