AfDB Launches Writing Competition for Young Africans

Akinwumi Adesina, ADB President
Akinwumi Adesina, ADB President

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched a writing competition for young Africans aged between 20 and 29 years, ahead of its annual meeting, which will hold in Busan, Korea, in May 2018 with the theme “Accelerating Africa’s Industrialization.”

Participants are expected to write articles of about 1,000 words on the ‘Africa of your dreams’, based on any of the following sub-themes: Smart Cities and Urban Development, The Internet of Things, Agriculture as a Business, Fourth Industrial Revolution, ICTs and the video game industry, Inclusive and sustainable industrial development, Integrating Africa through Entertainment, Blockchain and cryptocurrency, The future of entrepreneurship and Health innovation.

The Bank’s goal is to build a better future for Africa tomorrow, and unlock the potential of Africa’s youth. It also envisages a continent that is dynamic, prosperous and led by the visionary leadership of its largest demographic asset which is the youth. In addition, the Bank recognizes the energy, creativity and innovative thinking that many African youth bring to the table.

At the end of the contest, four winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to attend the Korea event. Winners in each category will also take home a laptop computer, and runners-up will get tablets.

For further information and to apply, please visit