UONGOZI Institute Leadership Essay Competition 2020 now open

UONGOZI Institute is pleased to announce this year’s Leadership Essay Competition, the eighth since inception (2013). Similar to previous years, this year’s topic aims to solicit thoughts on the theme of the African Leadership Forum (ALF). The essays should respond to the following question:

If you were an African leader, how would you promote African intra-trade to unlock agricultural potential in the Continent?


The Competition is open to all African citizens between 18-25 years.

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 event, which will be held online during the ALF in July 2020. 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 18-25 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, 10 July, 2020 at 17:00 hours (EAT). The winners will be notified via email on the third week of July, 2020. Feedback will not be provided on individual essays.


The Leadership Essay Competition is organised annually by UONGOZI Institute 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.


Need advice on how to write a winning essay? Follow these tips from some of the previous overall winners: Liz Guantai (2016), Victor Azure (2017), Victor Ndede (2018), Panashe Gombiro (2019).


UONGOZI Certificate Programme in Leadership

Designed for emerging leaders and executives working in any function or industry across Africa, the self-paced programme provides tools for leaders to effectively manage their resources to achieve sustainable development.

Module 1: Strategic Leader

Succeeding in today’s rapidly changing and challenging organisational environment requires leaders with strategic thinking and the ability to make strategic and financially sound choices. This engaging module helps equip leaders with these crucial leadership attributes. The module expands participants’ understanding of sound strategic management techniques and financial initiatives to allow them to excel as truly strategic leaders in their line of work.

Module 2: Service and Process Development for Executives

This Module focuses on innovative process development and the development of efficient public service delivery, as well as their implications for the customers and citizens’ satisfaction. It provides a toolbox for the leaders to better understand the most useful approaches for efficiently blending services with technology, as well as delivering and managing services successfully.

Module 3: Driving Change

Change is inevitable. This module is designed to expose participants to concepts and best practices of managing and leading change in their organisations. The module also touches on modern technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain to help leaders plan for the future when grasping the changes that these technologies may bring into the organisational environment.

Selection Criteria

  • Minimum 3 years of work experience in a supervisory or managerial position.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Good command of written and spoken English
  • Good computer skills

How to apply

Complete and submit the UONGOZI Certificate Programme in Leadership application formFemale candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Programme Details

Start Dates: September 2020

Duration: 6 months (2 months per Module)

Commitment Estimate: 2-4 hours a week

Tuition Fee: Euro 880 per person (Group packages are negotiable)

After completion of this programme, participants will receive a Certificate in Leadership Development. Qualified participants will also have additional advantage/consideration into the UONGOZI Executive Programme. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.