The essay prize competition is named in honor of Wangari Maathai ( b.1940-d. 2011), the Kenyan scholar and activist who, in 2004, became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace prize. Wangari Maathai was Kenyan environmentalist who began a movement to reforest her country by paying poor women a few shillings to plant trees. She was the founder of the Green Belt Movement and authored four books: The Green Belt Movement; Unbowed: A Memoir; The Challenge for Africa; and Replenishing the Earth.
Born in Nyeri, a rural area of Kenya, Wangari Muta Maathai was the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree (1971). She was internationally acknowledged for her struggle for democracy, human rights, and environmental conservation. According to the United Nations, at the time of her death, her Green Belt Movement had planted more than 30 million trees in Africa and helped nearly 900,000 women while inspiring similar efforts in other African countries.
The essay contest is therefore intended to encourage, in the spirit of Dr. Maathai, excellence in graduate and undergraduate scholarship on the experience of the Africa and it's Diaspora. A prize of $300 will be awarded for the best original essay on any topic in Afroamerican, Caribbean, and/or African studies in each of two categories: (a) Undergraduate student; and (b) Graduate student. The judges for the competition will be drawn from among the faculty and faculty associates in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. The competition is open to all University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate students working on Afroamerican, Caribbean, or African topics. The paper must be written no earlier than January 1, 2014. Since DAAS is a multi-disciplinary program, the papers may be from a wide range of fields including, among others, anthropology, architecture, art, art history, business, drama, education, history, economics, education, health, journalism, law, literature, medicine, music, natural resources, nursing, policy studies, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, urban planning, women's studies, natural resources and environment. Papers written for courses are eligible.
Please send the following two items in the same email, but as separate email attachments. The attachments should be either Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word documents.
1. A completed essay coversheet.
Your cover sheet should include the following information:
- student status (undergraduate or graduate)
- essay title
- course for which you wrote the essay (including semester and year)
- email address
2. Your essay.
-The essay should be no more than 6,000 words in length (approximately 30 pages).
-It should be typed, one-and-a-half spaced or double-spaced.
-The font should be no smaller than 11 point.
-There must be a title page. The title page must have the title of the essay and the word “graduate” or “undergraduate” directly below it; remove all other identifying information. Do not put your name, email, or course information on the title page.
Essays must be submitted by email to email@example.com no later than 5:00 P.M., Friday, March 16, 2018. Important: Depending on your status, write the following in your email subject line: Essay Competition (undergrad) or Essay Competition (grad).
Prizes and certificates will be presented at the DAAS Graduation Ceremony. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you an African youth concerned about corruption on the continent? Have you or anyone close to you been a victim of corruption? Do you believe your future is in any way threatened by corrupt practices? Would you want your voice to be heard on the issue of corruption? And do you have a passion for writing?
Then you should seriously consider participating in this year’s ‘Anti-Corruption Youth Essay Competition,’ organized by the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC). This is within the framework of festivities to mark the tenth anniversary of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC) which include the annual International Anti-corruption week, which is a major item in the Regional Anticorruption Programme for Africa, developed by the UNECA, in collaboration with the AUABC.
The Regional Anti-corruption Program for Africa aims at up scaling the fight against corruption on the continent with a view to ensuring a corruption free, better governed and economically prosperous African continent. As you are well aware, corruption negatively affects all segments and groups in society, particularly the youth, who constitute the majority in many African countries.
This essay competition is therefore intended to serve two main purposes: to establish the level of awareness, among African youths of the manifestations and impact of corruption; and to provide a platform for African youths to present their perspectives on the causes, manifestations and impact of corruption and corrupt practices.
This year’s theme is “How to make corruption unattractive in Africa” if you have a story or an experience to share relating to this theme, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to make your submission and let your voice count.
“How to make corruption unattractive in Africa”
African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC)
The authors of the best three essays will be flown to Arusha the AUABC host city for festivities to mark the tenth anniversary of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC) which include the 2013 annual International Anti-corruption week, to directly take part in the festivities. More significantly, the five leading authors will participate in a final competition, during which they will make oral presentations (of their essays) to a panel of judges, who will select the three top winners who will then receive special awards from African dignitaries and officials in attendance.
15 October, 2013
- Applicants must reside in an African country
- Applicants must be currently attending in Bachelor or equivalent level
- Essays must be between 4-7 pages long (single line spacing)
- Submissions must be the unaided work of applicants
- Submissions should be either in English or French
- Applicants must be willing and fit to travel
- To submit an entry, email your essay with your name, age, university or training school, country of origin, and contact information (email address, telephone number) to: Emmanuel ATENGA (e-mail: email@example.com).
Got questions? Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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