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2018 Global Voices Essay Contest - Africa

GYAN's second annual essay contest The Africa We're Creating was a great success,
and we are excited to announce the winners!

With the contest open to all African citizens between the ages of 15-24 years old, our team received over 500 essay submissions representing more than 20 African nations! Essay contestants were asked to respond to the contest theme "Confronting Inequity", and select one of the following sub-themes to discuss: access to quality education; access to technology; access to income (via employment or entrepreneurship); access to healthcare; gender representation; or participation in governance. This contest also required contestants to write about their specific interventions that are currently working to confront an inequity of their choosing. Essay authors wrote of their social businesses, organizations, media platforms, and more that are impacting and transforming the lives of those in their communities.

A panel of nine judges determined the contest winners, who will win the following prizes:

Congratulations to our winners listed below, and thank you to all contest participants! 


Contest Winners

1st Place
Mthabisi Ndlovu Zimbabwe | Crossroads: The Future of Education in Africa

2nd Place
Peace Ujunwa Chinekwe Nigeria Confronting Inequity Through Access to Healthcare

3rd Place
Mary Nyanduko Ombongi Kenya Reaching out to African Student Innovators


Honorable Mention

In addition to our winners, the following contestants receive an honorable mention:

  • Liz Mwendwa Mubari Kenya
  • Kathurima Victor Peter Muthomi Kenya
  • Pacifique Nsengiyumva Rwanda