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Youth Essay Contest Winners: Working Together to Create the Africa We Want

Published: Thursday, 20 Jul 2017
Author: Rachel Warner
Department: Office of the Dean

Three African youth have been selected as the winners of an essay contest co-hosted by MSU's Alliance for African Partnership and Youth Empowerment Programs. The essay contest, titled "Working Together to Create the Africa We Want," invited African citizens between the ages of 15-24, to describe their desired future for Africa and the role of youth in that future. The contest was part of a series of activities commemorating the launch of the Alliance for African Partnership, held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, July 18-21.

The essay contest acknowledges a new era of engagement in Africa, where the voice of young people will be the driving force behind the vision, partnerships and strategies that move the continent forward. Contestants were required to focus their essays on one of the following six AAP themes: agri-food systems; water, energy, and environment; youth empowerment, education; culture; and health and nutrition.

A panel of eight judges from five countries received over 270 essay submissions representing 20 African nations. The first place winner, Tricia Mawire from Zimbabwe, was invited to attend the Alliance for African Partnership launch where she read her winning essay to attendees during a gala evening.

The essay contest winners are: