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

Deadline: 30th of September, 2022

A culture of sustainable development in Africa, with a specific emphasis on industrialization and innovation in Africa, is being promoted through the essay contest, which harnessed the enthusiasm, creativity, and initiative of African youth.

It also intends to motivate African society to take notes from the bright young brains and consider how each of them may influence the future of their continent. The essay competition will encourage leaders to reflect on and take action on challenges related to industrialization from the perspective of young people and push for urgent reforms.

The African Union Commission is holding the essay competition as part of its activities leading up to the next African Union Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification, which will take place 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, it should prioritize what kind of industrialization to maximize the synergies with Africa’s development agenda towards the overarching aim 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 will 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

Click here to apply

Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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