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The Africa Philanthropy Network (APN) is inviting young people from across Africa to enter its essay contest. This competition is part of the organization’s drive to harness innovative ideas from young people for philanthropic work on the continent.

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The ideas that contestants will contribute through their essays could be transformative for philanthropy in African communities. As such, the organizers of this contest encourage entrants to put some thought into parsing out their solutions.

The APN also intends for this essay contest to deliver ideas that could make it the go-to platform for case-making on philanthropy in Africa.

The theme of this year’s essay contest is African Philanthropy transforming community challenges: Innovation and Practice.


Persons who enter this competition could enjoy these benefits:

  • The top ten essayists will win monetary rewards and gain continent-wide recognition
  • Entrants could receive a certificate of participation
  • They will be profiled on social media
  • They could get the chance to speak in peer learning events

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People who intend to enter this competition should meet these conditions:

  • Should be a citizen of a sub-Saharan African country
  • Must be aged between 18 and 35 years old
  • Should be fluent in English, French, Portuguese, or Kiswahili

Documents Entrants Must Submit

Persons who are entering this contest should submit these items via email:

  • Contact information (including emails and social media ID)

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  • A copy of their national ID or passport
  • Passport-sized photo (a high-resolution jpeg in PNG format, 1024 x768 Pics, with file size, not more than 7 MB)
  • Their essay, which should not be more than 1,500 words long, in Arial Narrow font (references and footnotes will not be part of the word count)

Note: submissions should be written in English, French, Portuguese, or Kiswahili. APN will only accept one essay from each participant. They will not tolerate plagiarism.

Participants should email their entries to They should not forget to include their name and contact details.

Entries will remain open until June 29, 2022.

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This article was first published on 15th June 2022


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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