All essays submitted should specifically address the Essay Topic, which is: “The Africa We Want: The Role of Young People”.

On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the African Union in May 2013, Africa’s political leadership acknowledged past achievements and challenges and rededicated itself to the Pan African vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.”

Agenda 2063 was developed through an extensive consultative process involving various African stakeholders, including the youth, women, Civil Society Organizations, the Diaspora, African Think Tanks and Research Institutions, Government planners, Private Sector, the African media, inter-faith leaders, the Forum for Former African Heads of State and Government, African Islands States and others. In addition, ideas captured from continent wide sector ministerial meetings and meetings with the Regional Economic Communities are included. Outcomes of these consultations form the basis for the Aspirations of the African People, the driver of Agenda 2063.

For young people, the 50-year agenda is a matter of concern in terms of its implementation. Young people on the continent are required to write an 800-1000-word essay, imagining the Africa that they want and explaining how it can be achieved and what the roles of the young people would be during this journey / transformation towards the implementation of the Agenda 2063.

Tips for Essay Writers

We recommend all applicants read the Agenda 2063 and our list of Tips for Essay Writers. This will help you avoid common mistakes.


  1. The contest is open to all young people in Africa aged 18-25 at some point during the contest period (August 27th to October 1st, 2018)
  2. Candidates must be a student in any of the AAU Member Universities (kindly confirm membership on the AAU website via
  3. Each candidate is limited to submitting one essay.
  4. Writers must be African Nationals
  5. Submissions should be in English, French, Arabic and Portuguese.

Essay Length

Essays should be 800-1000 words in length. Submissions that do not meet this requirement, or that exceed it, will be disqualified.


Essays must be submitted no later than 23:59 GMT, October 1st, 2018.


All essays must be the original work of the student whose name is listed on the submission form. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.


Essays will be judged on their ability to answer the topic in an articulate, clear, and organized manner, using examples. Essay submissions will be evaluated in a fair and unbiased manner using the same criteria. Judges will be selected based on their backgrounds and expertise in education, writing, and the subject matter. The decisions of the judges are final.

Ownership and Use

The ownership of any submission remains the property of the writer, but entry into the competition constitutes the entrant's permission and consent, without compensation, with attribution, for the Association of African Universities and the African Union to use, reproduce, transmit, post, distribute, adapt, edit, and/or display the submission.

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