UONGOZI Institute is pleased to congratulate Mr. Victor Ayal Ndede from Kenya for winning the 2018 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 three winners were invited to the African Leadership Forum co-convened by H.E. Benjamin Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania in Kigali, Rwanda from Thursday 02nd August, 2018 to Friday 03rd August, 2018. They also attended the African Leadership Forum Gala Dinner on the 02nd where the overall winner and runners-up were announced at an award ceremony officiated by H.E. Joaquim Chissano, former President of the Republic of Mozambique. The overall winner received a prize of $2,000. Cash prizes and certificates were also awarded to each runner-up.

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 an African leader how would you finance development and transformation?”

Over 2,000 essays from 36 African countries were received and rigorously 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 highest scoring essays determined the top three winners, as follows:

Overall winner:

Victor Ayal Ndede – Kenya

1st Runner-up:

Janeth Justinean Lambert – Tanzania

2nd Runner-up:

Hope Katanu Mutie – Kenya

UONGOZI Institute would like to thank each one of the 2,000+ young African citizens who participated in this year’s competition.

READ THE WINNING ESSAY HERE: Emancipating the Giant: The African Renaissance