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African Union Development Agency (AUDA) and NEPAD (Transforming Africa) 2019 Youth Essay Contest

Title of Essay- The Africa We Want

Organizer– AUDA/NEPAD

Prize- Cash Prizes and a trip to South Africa

The contest subject is “The Africa We Want”. Interested youths are expected to submit their innovative ideas via a short essay format – the ideas or proposals should be those that can potentially have positive societal impact currently, or those that will transform the African continent in years to come through action/s that need to be taken now.


Contestants must be between 15 and 35 years by the contest deadline. Only one proposal per contestant will be accepted. Contestants must be African citizens; non-African citizens are not eligible to participate in the contest. Please Note- Youths (between the ages of 15 and 35) and especially girls, women and people living with disabilities are strongly encouraged to participate.


Applicants must submit a completed and signed version of the below listed documents.

  • The essay – (please follow the essay instructions below)
  • Parental consent (Applicable only to those below the age of 18)
  • Consent Form


The winners of the essay competition will be announced in April 2019 at the ‘Championing of Agenda 2063 for #TheAfricaWeWant’ advocacy event in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Therefore, all contestants residing outside South Africa are encouraged to get their passports ready, as the top five winners will be invited to the prize-giving ceremony in Johannesburg!! The winners will all be notified prior to the event by email or phone number provided in the submission.


The AUDA/NEPAD essay contest closes at midnight on 28 February 2019.

NOTE– Essays must be received by 11:59PM GMT on 28 February 2019 OR postmarked by 28 February 2019 if sent by post.


The essays will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

1) Content and relevance in terms of Africa’s development

2) Innovation and creativity

3) Potential for implementing the idea on a large scale using Africa’s own resources.

Essay instructions

Type the essay on A4 paper size, 2-3 pages maximum. Handwritten essays are accepted and should be on A4 paper size, 2-3 pages maximum. Please include your name on the essay.

APPROVED LANGUAGES: Essays can be written in any of the African Union (AU) official languages namely: Swahili, English, French, Arabic and Portuguese.

Submitting your entry

USING EMAIL: Scan your entry documents to a .jpg or .pdf format and attach them to the email. Please send the email to

USING POST OFFICE: Address the mail to: NEPAD Agency, 230, 15th Road Randjespark, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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In an effort to promote African youth’s active participation in the continent’s development, the African Union Development Agency/NEPAD is running a short essay contest, targeting young African people and its diaspora in proposing concrete pathways through which Agenda 2063, the continent’s framework for transformation, can be fast-tracked.

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