​UONGOZI Institute Leadership Essay Competition 2017 for Young Africans ($USD 2,000 Prize & Funded to Johannesburg, South Africa)

Application Deadline: Tuesday, 14th July, 2017
African citizens between the age of 18-25 are invited to submit an essay for this year’s Leadership Essay Contest organised by the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI Institute).

The essay contest 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.
The essays should respond to the following question:

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

The essays should be no more than 2 A4 pages long. The format shall be of single spaced, Arial font size 11, and sent as a Microsoft Word document.

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

All essays must be written in English.


Applicants must be African citizens between the age of 18-25 currently residing in Africa.

The selected winners will be required to travel to Johannesburg on 23 August, 2017, therefore valid identification and travel documents will be required for this purpose.


A grand prize of USD $2,000 will be awarded to the overall winner of the essay contest. A total of five winners will be selected. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the second to fifth place winners.

The top 5 winners will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, to receive their awards at a prize giving ceremony to be held during the Africa Leadership Forum Dinner Gala on 24 August, 2017, which will be attended by senior leaders from across Africa in the public, private and civil society sectors.

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

How to Apply

Essays should be submitted by email to: submissions@uongozi.or.tz .

Applicants must also submit a written statement of originality and ownership of intellectual property rights.

The final deadline for submission will be Tuesday, 14 July, 2017 (5pm GMT). The top five finalists will be notified via email by the first week of August. Feedback will not be provided on individual essays.

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Ivy Barley, a Young Ghanaian, wins big prize in Berlin, Germany

​Her name is Ivy Barley. She is a young lady who have beaten all the odds to make her country Ghana and Africa proud. Barley made it to the front row of German newspapers by winning the prestigious ‘E-Skills for Girls Competition’ in Berlin. She won the first prize of €15,000, got a mentorship from Google and also had the opportunity to meet German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

She is a leader and an example of a perfect role women play in the computer or ICT world. She started the “Developers in Vogue”, a social enterprise that connects skilled female developers and improves the digital skills of girls and women.

Her business stands to inspire a lot of women globally especially in the coding field of ICT.

Whiles more and more women are venturing into the tech sector, there is still unbalanced ratio of gender in the digital world. It is estimated that about 71% African girls and women will not get online by the beginning of the year, 2020. A lot of women in Africa do not see the hidden benefits of technology and as a fact, creates a developmental lag in their society.

It is on several agencies including government in Africa to empower women to take advantage of technology. Various individual organizations are also key to support the African girl child or woman to see what a life changing technology can have on their lives.

There are vast number of skills a girl or woman in Africa can partake and among them are coding, digital- enabled financial management, web designing/ writing and critical analysis.

Like Ivy, girls have major advantage over men when it comes to IT. They can lead companies and invent great ideas through the coding perspective. This makes them highly stable and relevant in the current state of the imbalanced gender scale.

Ivy’s innovation has generated a greater challenge to women to stand to their feet since her company has created opportunities for the universal gender. Her achievement is worth to be celebrated especially by younger ladies who want to succeed just like her.

Sourve: ghmarv.com