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Previous winners spotlight

What previous winners say about the competition

Panashe Gombiro

Winner: 2019
“I believe that all young Africans should take part in the contest. The research and preparation involved in writing your essay is the most rewarding part of it. Through this, we gain knowledge, awaken to and engage with the realities of our Continent. The contest becomes a sustainable pedestal to equip youth to take the action needed.”

Victor Ndede

Winner: 2018
“For me, the highlight was just being in the space where high-level discussions were taking place. I got the opportunity to attend the plenary session of the African Leadership Forum, where we had a keynote address from H.E. Paul Kagame then, a high-level panel discussion.”

Victor Azure

Winner: 2017
“I believe that Africa’s development can be fully realised if African youth are inspired to find innovative, well-suited and sustainable solutions to African problems. So, I was very excited to find a platform such as UONGOZI Institute’s Youth Leadership Competition, which allowed young people like me to contribute to important discussions on building a peaceful and sustainable Africa.”

Liz Guantai

Winner: 2016
“My highlight of the day was meeting so many inspiring people at the ALF. I talked to a lot of participants, most of whom are established leaders and business owners who were very generous to share their knowledge and experience with aspiring leaders like myself.”