Leadership Essay Competition 2019

1914x900-01African citizens between the age of 18 and 25 years are invited to submit their essays for this year’s Leadership Essay Competition organised by UONGOZI Institute.

The Competition 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 and sustainable development.


This year’s Competition aims to solicit thoughts on promoting good natural resource management for socio-economic transformation in Africa. The essays should respond to the following question:

“If you were an African leader, how would you promote sustainable use of the renewable natural resources for fostering socio-economic transformation in Africa?”

All essays must be typed. The maximum length is two (2) A4 pages. The format shall be of single spaced, Arial font size 11 with page margins of 1 inch (2.54 cm) for each margin, and sent as a Microsoft Word document.

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

All essays must be written in English.


A grand prize of USD $2,000 will be awarded to the overall winner.  Up to five winners will be selected.

The winners will receive their awards at a prize giving ceremony to be held during the African Leadership Forum Gala Dinner on 29th August, 2019, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The ceremony will be attended by former African Heads of State and other distinguished leaders from the public sector, private sector, academia and civil society. The overall winner will be asked to read the winning essay at the event.


Applicants must be African citizens between the age of 18 and 25 years.


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 Friday, 21st June, 2019 at 17:00 hours (GMT). The winners will be notified via email during the third week of July, 2019. Feedback will not be provided on individual essays.

Postgraduates of UONGOZI Institute’s Diploma in Leadership urged to be ‘catalysts for change’

Graduation Ceremony for the second cohort of the UONGOZI Institute’s Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Programme took place on 09th April, 2019 at Milimani City Conference Centre, Dar es Salaam.

The Ceremony was officiated by the Deputy Minister of State, President’s Office – Public Service Management and Good Governance (PO-PSMGG), Hon. Dr. Mary Mwanjelwa (MP).

Launched in 2017, the one-year Programme aims to develop leadership competencies with a focus on Making Strategic Choices; Leading People and other Resources; and Excelling in Personal Leadership Qualities. The Programme, jointly delivered by UONGOZI Institute and Aalto University Executive Education of Finland, offers 10 modules, combining in-class workshops with online individual or group assignments.

In her remarks, Deputy Minister Mwanjelwa commended graduates for their determination and commitment, which was paid off with the award of diplomas. She further commended UONGOZI Institute for mobilising the necessary resources and expertise to deliver the Programme.

She explained how the Programme aligns with the Public Service Reform Programme (PSRP) that aims to improve accountability, transparency and resource management for service delivery. Furthermore, Deputy Minister noted that the PSRP, being implemented by the PO-PSMGG, requires “well-organised, skilled, ethical and dedicated public servants” in order to achieve the aims of the initiative.

The Diploma recipients were urged by Deputy Minister Mwanjelwa to put the knowledge gained from the Programme into practice: “We expect you to make strategic choices, lead people and other resources, and excel in personal leadership qualities.”

She added, “We do not expect you to turn a blind eye to corruption. You need to serve as catalysts for change since you had the opportunity to be part of this Programme.”

On his Part, Prof. Joseph Semboja, CEO of UONGOZI Institute stated, “The first Graduation Ceremony held on 21st March, 2018 saw a total of 32 senior leaders from the Tanzania Police Force graduating. Today, 33 senior leaders from various ministries and public institutions will be awarded their diplomas.”

Prof. Semboja further stated that the Institute continues to collaborate with various stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of the Programme.

“For the third cohort, we have introduced cost-sharing, and we are pleased with the positive outcome,” he expressed.

35 participants from the third cohort also attended the occasion. The cohort includes senior leaders from public, private and civil society organisations within Tanzania. The cohort commenced its first module on Reflective and Inspiration Leader on 09th April.

Deputy Minister Mwanjelwa
The Deputy Minister of State, President’s Office – Public Service Management and Good Governance (PO-PSMGG), Hon. Dr. Mary Mwanjelwa (MP) delivers Keynote Address.


Prof. Semboja
The CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja delivers opening remarks.


The Group Managing Director of Aalto University Executive Education delivers his remarks. 


One of the Graduates, Ms. Beatrice Kimoleta receives her diploma certificate.


One of the Graduates, Hon. John Mongella receives his diploma certificate.


Participants during the ceremony
Participants during the Ceremony.

UONGOZI Institute facilitates Seminars for Parliamentary Leadership


UONGOZI Institute was privileged to facilitate two leadership seminars for Committees of the National Assembly of Tanzania.

The first seminar, organised in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), took place in Arusha from 25th to 26th March, 2019. Those participating included 16 members of the Parliamentary Privileges, Ethics and Powers Committee. The second seminar, held in Dodoma on 30th March, was organised for 26 members of the Administration and Local Government Affairs Committee.

The sessions jointly covered the theoretical aspects of leadership; ethical leadership; personal leadership; emotional intelligence; and managing conflicts of interest.

Collaborations of this nature are important to UONGOZI Institute as they continue to enhance the Institute’s philosophy on achieving sustainable development through competent leadership.