Essay Contest – Working Together to Create the Africa We Want

The Alliance for African Partnership is a new project at Michigan State University that will establish a collaborative and diverse platform for addressing today’s global challenges. The Alliance will use new models of engagement for shared research and outreach , while improving the resources and capacities of African universities, institutions, and scholars.

MSU is partnering with the University of Dar es Salaam to launch the Alliance for African Partnership initiative this July in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Focused on the theme of “Putting Vision into Action Together,” the launch will build on AAP’s mission to bring about positive change in Africa through meaningful partnerships. For more information about AAP, visit:


In celebration of the launch, The Alliance for African Partnership in partnership with MSU’s Youth Empowerment Program invites youth to participate in an essay contest. The contest is open to all African citizens between the ages of 15-24. The essay contest provides a space for the youth of Africa, and the next generation of leaders in the region, to contribute to important discussions about leadership, partnership, and African development. The first place winner will travel to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to receive their award at the AAP Gala Evening on 19 July 2017, which will be attended by leaders from academia, civil society and the public and private sectors. The winner will be asked to read the winning essay at the event.


“Working Together to Create the Africa We Want!”

The essay should respond to the above topic by presenting a vision for the Africa you want. Describe the partnerships needed to make this vision come true. What are some obstacles to achieving your vision? What role do you think you need to play? Who else needs to be involved?


Eligibility: 15-24 year old citizens of Africa

Length: 600-900 words

Due Date: June 21, 2017


 First Prize: Laptop & Invitation to AAP Launch

 Second Prize: Tablet

 Third Prize: Camera

Language: All essays should be written in English or French

Permission Notice: Submission of your essay by email indicates that you authorize MSU to release all information submitted as part of your participation in the Essay Contest to the Essay Contest Review Committee for the purpose of assessing your candidacy for the award. All or parts of winning and non-winning essays might be published on the AAP website and other MSU sites. By submitting your essay, you agree that your essay can be used in this way.


1. Save your essay to your computer as a Microsoft Word document or PDF

2. On the top left side of your first page, include: your full first and last name,

age, country of origin, and email address.

3. Email your essay as an attachment to and

with the subject line “AAP Essay Contest” by the due date of June 21, 2017.

2 thoughts on “Essay Contest – Working Together to Create the Africa We Want”

  1. Tinka George William

    I cant believe Iam seeing this 2 days past the due date. I should have taken part. But anyway.. could they by any chance have pushed the deadline past June 21st?

    1. Junior Achievement Africa

      Hi George, Unfortunately we have no control over the deadline. Kindly contact the coordinators directly. We wish you all the best!

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