Next Contest: 2022

The 17th Annual Essay Contest for Children
and Young People of African Descent
Here is what two contestants had to say about the 2018 contest.
Miafo Ivan Lagrange – Cameroon
Jordan Tchoumba – Cameroon
Open to all children of African descent in Africa and
across the African diaspora.

Registration Open – bottom of this page

Essays to be written and due: Saturday, 19 February 2022
Results announced: 23 April 2022

Families, schools/Saturday schools and after school/homework/sports clubs/activity groups working with young Africans in Africa and across the African Diaspora

Age: 7-10 years, 11-13 years, 14-16 years

Our purpose:  We encourage and support Children and Young People of African Descent
across Africa and the African Diaspora in their educational development

Why:  As members of the extended African family across the African diaspora,
we believe it is important for us to show our children that we care about them and
are willing to encourage and support their efforts.    By participating in this contest, young Africans will:

Practice research skills
Gain public acknowledgement
Improve communication skills
Boost self-esteem and confidence
Experience a sense of accomplishment
Maintain focus on excellence in education
Gain public speaking experience (winners)
Receive constructive feedback from Judges
Practice self-expression and critical thinking
Be recognized and celebrated within the community
Be knowledgeable about and share understanding of important global issues.

Prizes across all three age groups!
Winning essays published on this website

Registration: $8/£5 (developed countries only)

Register your school/group at the bottom of this page 

Important Dates

Research Area Topics released:                      from 16 October 2021
on completion of Registration
Actual Essay Topics released:                                 19 February 2022
Essays written:                                                                19 February 2022
Essays due:                                                                        19 February 2022
Winners Announced:                                                             23 April 2022

Essay Writing Pack provided to all registered essayists.
This pack contains information on:
—   how to write a winning essay
—  what the Judges are looking for
—  common mistakes noticed by Judges in previous years
—  tips and suggestions to improve essay writing skills

This is a private initiative by and for Africans in Africa and the Diaspora 
founded by Lorna Jones. (Not a charity).