2019 Leadership Essay Competition Winner announced

We are pleased to announce Panashe G.R. Gombiro from Zimbabwe as the winner of this year’s African Youth Leadership Essay Competition.

The Competition, organised annually by UONGOZI Institute, 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.Since 2013, seven Competitions have been organised.

This year, African citizens between 18 – 25 years were asked to 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?”

Over 2,000 essays from 21 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 four highest scoring essays determined the top four winners. The three runners-up following Gombiro are:

  • Kelvin Mugisha Mutagwaba (Tanzania) – 1st runner-up
  • Dimowo Ofuje Cosmas (Nigeria) – 2nd runner-up
  • Cissè N. Wassa (Ivory Coast) – 3rd runner-up

In recognition of their achievement, the overall winner and three runners-up were invited to attend the plenary session of the Africa Leadership Forum, convened by H.E. Benjamin William Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 29th – 30th August, 2019. They also attended the African Leadership Forum Gala Dinner on the 29th, where they were announced at an award ceremony, officiated by H.E. Thabo Mbeki, former President of the Republic of South Africa.

The overall winner received a certificate and cash prize of $2,000. Cash prizes and certificates were also awarded to each runner-up.

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

Read Gombiro’s Essay here:  THE EDUCATING, ADJUDICATING, COMMUNICATING AND EXECUTING ANTS

Find out what H.E. Mkapa said about Gambiro’s Essay

Panashe G.R. Gombiro (right) receives an award as overall winner of this year’s Competition from the former President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Thabo Mbeki (right).
The first runner-up of this year’s Competition, Kelvin Mugisha Mutagwaba (left), receives his award.
The second runner-up of this year’s Competition, Dimowo Ofuje Cosmas (left), receives his award.
The third runner-up of this year’s Competition, Cissè N. Wassa (left), receives her award.
The four winners of this year’s competition pose in a photo with the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan (1st row – middle); and former Presidents of Madagascar, Tanzania, Somalia and South Africa (2nd row).

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