African Union Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification Essay Contest for Young Africans 2022

Last Updated on September 6, 2022

African Union Essay Contest

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 their continent’s future. The essay contest will serve to open up dynamic conversations and spur reflection and action by leaders on addressing issues on Industrialisation from the perspective of young people and push for much-needed reforms.

The essay contest is organized by the African Union Commission as an activity within the preparation for the upcoming African Union Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification, scheduled to be held in Niger, in November 2022.


Our youth should inspire the way we think and act, and they shape the society we live in. As an African youth, what kind of industrialization should be prioritized to maximize the synergies with Africa’s development agenda towards the overarching objective of achieving sustainable development and prosperity for all? In doing so, how can our African leaders best pursue the envisaged industrialization pathway?


The following awards will be given to the three best essays respectively:

1st Prize will receive:

  • AUC issued Certificate
  • Round trip from home country to the AU Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification in Niamey, Niger.
  • Accommodation during the Summit
  • Present the essay to the Summit to leaders, and technical experts

2nd and 3rd prizes are:

  • AUC issued Certificate
  • Publication on the AUC website


  • Open to young people 15 – 35 from all African Union Member States.
  • Only one entry per person is allowed.
  • The essay can be submitted in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish)

Format Specifications

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


All essays must be sent to by the 30th of September 2022 at 23:59 pm EAT. 

For more information, visit African Union Essay Contest.

Deadline: September 30, 2022

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