Wole Soyinka Essay Competition 2020 for Young Leaders

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About the Award

Undeterred by the current rage of Covid-19 and its attendant disruption of the social order, the Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange, (WSICE) is set to hold its annual programme which usually coincides with the celebration of the birthday anniversary of an illustrious son of Africa and global citizen, Oluwole Akinwande Soyinka; the poet, dramatist and scholar, who is the 1986 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The 11th edition of The Wole Soyinka Essay competition which is a part of the annual Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange Program (WSICE) is now open.

The theme for the year’s project is: I AM because YOU ARE , which is drawn from UBUNTU, the Southern African philosophy which epitomises the principle of shared values that ensures the sustenance and survival of the human family. The theme is inspired by observed factors and motives behind the responses of people and governments across the world to the challenges pushed forward by the rage of the pandemic. In particular, the obvious interdependence of our collective humanity has been brought to the fore in the way people and States have risen to support others experiencing the dire effects of the pandemic.

The 2020 edition of the WSICE runs July 12-14 with programs slated to hold in Nigeria and other parts of the world.



Eligible countries

All entries are accepted in 5 languages English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese.

This competition is open to young people between the ages of 12 and 22 and entries are accepted in English, French, Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

It is divided into two age categories.

i. Age 12-16 — (350-400 words)

ii. Age 17-22 — (800-1000 words)

Type: Contest (Essay writing)

Selection/ eligibility: age 12-22

Number of awardees: 20

Value of Award:


Global winner -$1,000

Zonal winners -$500

Zonal runner ups – $300


Global winner -$600

Zonal winners – $300

Zonal runner ups – $200

Duration of Award:  This year’s events will run for three days – July 12 – 14 2020

How to apply

The second and integral part of the year’s cultural exchange is the essay competition which targets the youth, and is open in two categories:

Ages 12-17 – Secondary/High School students (350-400 words)

Ages 17-22 –  College, University and Tertiary level students (800-1000 words).

The submission of essays will start on the 5th of June and close on the 26th of June.

Three winners from each category will be announced on the 14th of July during a scheduled Meet & Greet session in the same virtual/digital space.

More details


26th June 2020

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