Visa Free Africa

The Visa Free Africa Writing Competition 2019 (Win $1500 Cash Prize)

The Kigali Global Shapers Hub is calling upon all young people living in Africa to participate in the Visa Free Africa Writing Competition for a chance to win a $1500 cash prize.

The Kigali Global Shapers Hub, a part of the Global Shapers Community, an offshoot of the World Economic Forum, is a network of young brilliant and dynamic young people committed to shaping their community, region and continent at large.

Visa Free Africa

Africa is one of the fastest growing regions in the world, yet African citizens face some of the most stringent visa restrictions globally.

As a result, there are hundreds of stories of missed opportunities lost job opportunities, a student who couldn’t take up an internship, a doctor that had to give up speaking at a conference, an entrepreneur that lost a promising piece of business when he couldn’t attend a business meeting.

For the last 30 years, the African Union has attempted to address free movement within the region. While there has been some progress, African citizens still need visas to travel to 42 out of 55 African countries.

Africa’s current population of over a billion is expected to double by 2050. A Visa Free Africa will help boost tourism revenues, foster new business opportunities, facilitate economic growth and increase employment.

The Kigali Global Shapers Hub are raising a petition to push for a Visa Free Africa. It may not happen overnight but it needs to happen soon.

A Visa Free Africa is needed now more than ever!

The writing competition is one of the platforms under the #VisaFreeAfrica Campaign that is aimed at putting a face to a large number of young Africans missing out on these opportunities.

Competition Criteria

  • The contest is open to all African nationals residing in Africa between the ages of 18-35 years.
  • The writing style should be narrative non-fiction based on a real-life experience you had while traveling from and to an African country. The story should start from a time when you were denied a Visa or how the process involved in getting a visa cost you an opportunity to study or work.
  • The article should be up to 1,000 words
  • You can choose to write in English, French Portuguese or Arabic.

How to Participate

Share your ideas on what a Visa Free Africa means to you, the continent, it’s people and the rest of the world.

Click here to Start

Deadline: 15th April 2019


5 thoughts on “The Visa Free Africa Writing Competition 2019 (Win $1500 Cash Prize)

  1. Abuko Agatha on Reply

    I have actually read through the content and analyzed the questioned, woow its such an interesting topic of discussion all for a good cause to foster a better place in Africa as free movement demonstrate liberty as long as it does not infringe on others’ rights . Here comes my question, how are the written essays to be submitted via email or… Shed more light on that.

  2. Emmanuel Quarshie on Reply

    I would please like to know when and how do we get the results of the essay competition.

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