UONGOZI Institute is pleased to congratulate Ms. Liz Guantai from Kenya for winning the 2016 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 organised by H.E. Benjamin Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania and UONGOZI Institute, as well as a parallel Youth Forum held on 28 July, 2016 in Dar es Salaam. They also attended the African Leadership Forum Dinner Gala on the same date 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. Thabo Mbeki, former President of South Africa.

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:

What would you do as a leader to address the challenges facing African businesses?

A total of six hundred and twenty-three (623) essays from 22 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:

Liz Guantai (Kenya)


1st Runner-up:

Collins Kipkemoi (Kenya)

2nd Runner-up:

Adebajo Adekunle (Nigeria)

3rd Runner-up:

Chidinma Akaniro (Nigeria)

4th Runner-up:

Tinotenda Murove (Zimbabwe)

UONGOZI Institute would like to congratulate each of the winners, as well as thank each of the 623 contestants who submitted their essays.