APPLY NOW: 2022 African Union Summit Essay Contest For Young Africans

APPLY: 2022 African Union Summit Essay Contest For Young Africans
APPLY: 2022 African Union Summit Essay Contest For Young Africans

APPLY NOW 2022 African Union Summit Essay Contest For Young Africans

The African Union invites submission of essay from Young Africans for its 2022 Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification.


Participants with best essays will be given, certificate, Round trip from home country to the AU Summit, and the opportunity to present the essay to the Summit to leaders.



  • Host: African Union
  • Category: Competitions
  • Eligible Countries: African Countries
  • Reward: AUC issued Certificate
    • Round trip
    • Accommodation
    • Publication
  • Deadline: September 30, 2022


The essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity, and
initiative of the African youth in promoting a culture of sustainable development in
Africa, with a particular focus on industrialization and innovation in Africa.

It also aims to inspire African society to learn from the young minds and to think about
how each of them can make a difference in our continent’s future.

Theme: Industrializing Africa: Renewed Commitment Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Economic Diversification


Format specifications:

  • Arial size 12
  • 1.5 spacing
  • 2000 – 3000 words maximum
  • PDF or MS Word version

The essay should be centred around the Summit theme, elaborate the challenges and
actions within the region and solutions to those challenges. It should also include one
of the AU Agenda 2063 aspirations:

  • Aspiration 1: A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable
  • Aspiration 2: An integrated continent, politically united and based on the ideals
    of Pan-Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance
  • Aspiration 6: An Africa, whose development is people-driven, relying on the
    potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children.


To be considered for the Contest, you must:

  • Be from any African Union Member States
  • Be in the age range of 15 – 35
  • Submitted essay in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish)
  • Submit original and unpublished essay


  • Up to 15 $500 awards will be made for the top-ranked essays
  • DLA Piper award for the highest-ranked winner from an eligible Asian country
  • Jerome Poitou award for the highest-ranked award-winner from Haiti

Essay Details

  • The topic for the 2022 Lex:lead is or should answer “How can developments in Fintech impact upon economic development and how should it be regulated?
  • Essays must be in English, typed and attached as a PDF for a total of not more than five pages
  • All work submitted must be the applicant’s own, original work with clear attribution
    where other sources are consulted
  • Submissions must be made using the Identification Number assigned at registration and contain no information that could lead to independent identification of the applicant
  • Page size must be standard (8”x11” or A4)
  • Font size may not be smaller than 10 point and applicants are advised to use a font such as Times New Roman
  • If the idea is not the writers own, writer must cite where he/she found it, e.g., with book title, author, and page number or interview subject and date, in sufficient detail for
    the citation to be found and verified

Method of Application

Only essays from the registered candidates and received by the deadline will be considered.

Interested candidates should apply using the link below


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