Paradigm Initiative (PIN) Essay/Debate Competition on Digital Rights and Inclusion

Deadline: 30th of June, 2022

Paradigm Initiative is celebrating its 15 anniversary, and the goal is to bring together Partners, Friends of PIN, Alumni, Volunteers, PIN Team members, and inclusion stakeholders.

As part of activities to commemorate this day. Paradigm Initiative is organizing an Essay/Debate Competition for young and outstanding African youth between 18-20 years with passion and drive for digital rights and inclusion in the continent who want to make their voices heard. Paradigm Initiative works to connect underserved young Africans with digital opportunities, and ensures protection of their rights.

These events will hold in Lagos, Nigeria, on July 23rd, 2022, to commemorate PIN’s milestone, and The PIN Festival (PINFest) in Harare, Zimbabwe, on October 10th – 14th, 2022.

Essay Topic: Are Social and cultural norms in Africa impeding the realization of digital rights and inclusion?


  • Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 25
  • The competition is open to only Africans who currently reside in Africa.


  • An all-expenses paid trip to Zimbabwe
  • Laptop set at the PIN Festival and many more.


The essay should not be more than 1500 words.

1st Round

Argumentative Essay: Share an essay of not more than 1500 words on the topic: Are the Social and cultural norms in Africa impeding the realization of digital rights and inclusion ?.

– In the essay, take a stand for either FOR or AGAINST.

2nd Round

A total of 8 candidates will be selected and divided into two groups of 4 each ( FOR and AGAINST ) to prepare for the virtual debate via zoom on Thursday, July 20th, 2022. Debate winners will be announced during PIN Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, July 23rd, 2022.

4 outstanding candidates will be selected, two from each team, to compete at the grand finale.

3rd Round / Finale

The debate finalists will win an all-expenses paid trip to Zimbabwe and a laptop set at the PIN Festival slated on October 10th – 14th.

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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