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2015 African Youth Union Nelson Mandela Essay Challenge

2015 African Youth Union Nelson Mandela Essay Challenge

Nelson Mandela is a global icon who has inspired many people across the world. His immense
contribution is observed in all parts of the world. Mandela was a man of integrity, honour, forgiveness, reconciliation, humour and many more inspiring traits. His legacy will always inspire many. In the African Youth Union’s (AYU) capacity as a Pan-African youth organization with the largest youth representation on the continent, we’re committed to preserving the rich legacy of Nelson Mandela, so as to ensure its effective dissemination to future generations.

Mandela’s love for young children and the youth inspired the AYU to direct all its efforts towards the empowerment of the youth through various initiatives such as this.
The future of Africa is in the hands of its young people. Historically young people were crucial to African resistance to colonization and contributed to state building process post-independence. It is our belief that the youth continue to hold a central position in shaping Africa’s future, and it is to this end that we are committed to developing the youth’s full potential.

AYU is working to ensure that every young African is empowered, human capabilities are maximized and the youth’s contribution is recognized and constantly reaffirmed.

This essay challenge was introduced to preserve and honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela for a better Africa. It also aims to inspire young people to learn from Mandela and to think about how each of them can use the Mandela inspiration to make a difference in the world. This competition is going to be an annual event, commencing in 2014 and it will be cantered on the inspiration provided by the late Former President Nelson Mandela.

Africa has the youngest population in the world. It is the richest continent in natural resources, yet it is the world’s poorest continent. Leadership and democracy remains the continent’s main challenge for development. The continent’s majority –the youth have a role to play to ensure the transformation of the current state of leadership in Africa.

Nelson Mandela was an African who made history: after spending 27 years in jail, he served only one term as the President of South Africa. There is no doubt that Africa needs more leaders like Mandela who are driven by an ethos of selfless-leadership and service. However, questions remain: How do we produce leaders of Nelson Mandela’s calibre? What does Mandela mean to you? How can you use his inspiration in your daily life and inspire others? How can you carry his legacy to future generations?
(your essay must answer all the above questions)


The Essay theme is: “My Role as the Mandela of Today”


The African Youth Union (AYU)

2015 African Youth Union Nelson Mandela Essay Challenge


The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:
1st Prize: Certificate and prize of R10,000 ($1000)
2nd Prize: Certificate and prize of R5,000 ($500)
3rd Prize: Certificate and gift for 5 entrants
Honourable Mention: Certificate and gift for 20 entrants

1st prize winners will be invited an award ceremony in Kampala, Uganda scheduled for Mandela Day 2015. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizers.)

Additional awards (Recognition for Effort, Best School Award, and School Incentive Award) will be given if applicable.


May 15, 2015


  1. Essays may be submitted by any young person under the age of 24 (as of July 18, 2015) in one of the following age categories:
    a) Children (ages up to 14)
    b) Youth (ages 15 -25)
  2. Essays must be no longer than 700 words in English.
  3. Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group. In this case please enclose a list of participants’ names, ages and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director.
  4. Entries open on 25 April 2015 and close on 15 May 2015
  5. Entries may be submitted be submitted through this form.
  6. Essays must be original and unpublished.
  7. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
  8. Copyright of the submitted essays will be assigned to the AYU.
  9. Entries must be received by
  10. All prize winners will be announced on June
    18 2015 on the African Youth Union (AYU) website and official social media pages.
  11. Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in July 2015
  12. Please submit your entry through this link.


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  1. Winifred says:

    I’m privileged to get essay contest alerts owing to your mails sent to me at intervals . I really appreciate it.
    This is gonna be the 2nd essay contest I’ve gotten from you and participated in. I’ve sent the ‘My role as the Mandela of today ‘ essay via the link on your site. I look forward to being selected and contacted.
    More power to your elbow. Thanks

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