Uongozi 2019 essay competition


UONGOZI Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development


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

The selected winners of the Uongozi 2019 essay competition will be required to travel to Dar Es Salam on 29th August 2018, therefore valid identification and travel documents will be required for this purpose.


This year’s Uongozi 2019 essay 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?”


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

The winners of the Uongozi 2019 essay competition 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.


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


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.

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.


Visit the organizer’s website for more information about the Uongozi 2019 essay competition.