UONGOZI Institute is pleased to congratulate Mr. Victor Azure from Ghana for winning the 2017 African Youth Leadership Essay Competition. This competition was organised in order to provide a space for the youth of Africa to contribute to important discussions about leadership.

The top five winners were invited to the African Leadership Forum co-convened by H.E. Benjamin Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania and H.E. Thabo Mbeki, former President of South Africa in Johannesburg from the 24th-25th August, 2017. They also attended the African Leadership Forum Gala Dinner on the 24th where the overall winner and runners-up were announced. The overall winner received a prize of $2,000. Cash prizes and certificates were also awarded to each runner-up.

The award ceremony was officiated by H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, former President of Tanzania.

The competition was open to all African citizens between the age of 18 – 25 years old. Contestants were asked to answer the following question in their essays:

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

Over 3,000 essays from various African countries were received and rigourously evaluated using the following criteria:

Originality, creativity, critical thinking (10 points)
Structure, organization/logical flow (3 points)
Content addressing the question above (7 points)

The five highest scoring essays determined the top five winners; and the winners are:

Overall winner:

Victor Azure – (Ghana)

1st Runner-up:

Sheena Millapo – Zambia

2nd Runner-up:

Amani Shayo – Tanzania

3rd Runner-up:

Khotso Mokoena – Zimbabwe

4th Runner-up:

Natalya Apopo – Kenya

UONGOZI Institute would like to thank each one of the 3,000+ young and potential African citizens who participated in this year’s competition.

READ THE WINNING ESSAY HERE: essay-victor-azure-ghana