The courses take about an hour to complete. You’ll get a deeper understanding of the UPR and how to conduct advocacy in the UN and potentially win a great prize.
Already entered the contest? Nominate a friend or colleague to complete a course and you’ll be entered in the competition again to win a prize during the drawing. Just tag that person in a tweet and send us a direct message (@uproar_fyi). Feeling shy? Have them mention your name when they submit their certificate and we’ll make sure to give you the credit. Find out more about the competition here.
Africa Is a Country (AIAC) is proud to announce the launch of our inaugural Africa Is a Country Fellowship Program, with the support of the Shuttleworth Foundation and the Open Society Foundation.
The purpose of the AIAC Fellowship is to support the production of original work and new knowledge on Africa-related topics that are under-recognized and under-covered in traditional media, new media, and other public forums. It particularly seeks to amplify voices and perspectives from the left that address the major political, social, and economic issues affecting Africans in ways that are original, accessible, and engaging to a variety of audiences.
Fellows will be writers and/or other cultural/intellectual producers who can contribute meaningfully to transforming and expanding knowledge about Africa and the diaspora. Each fellow will receive a grant of up to US$3,000 to create original work on a topic of their choice for AIAC over a 9-month period. While we expect that most fellows will produce essays and/or reporting and analysis, we are also open to work in other formats, such as photo essays, documentary videos, and more. Fiction, poetry, and fine and performing arts are not eligible for support from this program.
Topics may include (but are not limited to): work and worker rights; the climate crisis; women/gender issues; immigration/border politics; reactionary politics (neoliberal authoritarianism, xenophobia, Afro-capitalism); political alternatives to neoliberalism and state-led pan-Africanism, and social movements as well as African and diaspora history and culture. We are also open to considering important topics not mentioned here. Surprise us!
The closed cohort 19-week accelerator supports social entrepreneurs in East Africa in developing scalable business models that strengthen their enterprise’s capacity to scale and improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable.
Learn to scale their social enterprise business model
Receive individualized support from IKEA coaches and Acumen facilitators
Get to be part of a dynamic peer community of social enterprise leaders
Get to take part in a final summit to network with investors and supporters
Have an opportunity to be one of two teams who will be selected for $25,000 in seed funding
You are qualified to apply if you:
Run a social enterprise (nonprofit or for-profit) based in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, or Ethiopia
Have demonstrated market traction and are post-revenue
Have a team equivalent to 3 full time staff
Focus on promoting livelihoods, equality and inclusion
Applications close January 14th and will be considered in the order they are submitted.
“Since 2013, HEVA has innovated financial models specifically for the East African creative economy:
“We have invested in more than 20 creative businesses in the fashion, digital content, crafts and decor value chains. From Nairobi, Kampala, Kigali, Arusha, Lamu to Dar es Salaam, the creative sector is where the creation of new products and new cultural experiences is happening. We want to be in the forefront of helping producers of cultural goods and services to build high-value, profitable businesses where new ideas will come to life, and where the highest potential for great profits, great jobs and happy people will be found.”
It will be made to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on-air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.
As well as spending time with the BBC in London, the winner will also get to travel to Africa to report a story – and have that story shared across the continent and the world.
Waihiga said that you could always sense “the passion in the way Komla told the African story”.
“His will to change the narrative about Africa was one of the reasons he stood out amongst other international broadcasters,” the 2018 award winner said.
“I feel the placement at the BBC – working with Komla’s friends and colleagues – has helped me to continue Komla’s remarkable work, and I look forward to a day when more African journalists of the calibre of Komla will be able to tell unique African stories from different outlets around the world.”Ahead of the inaugural award, Komla Dumor’s former colleagues reflected on the broadcaster’s talent
Waihiga will take part in the 2019 launch event, chairing a debate for the BBC World Service about the power of young Nigerians in the forthcoming elections.
Speaking ahead of the launch, Jamie Angus, director of the BBC World Service Group, said:
“In an era when impartial and factual journalism has never mattered more, it’s important that we look to the journalists who know, understand and can contextualise African stories for global audiences so that we can offer a full picture of what’s happening across the continent.
“All of the previous winners have shown they’re exceptional journalists, and have brought insights in to how to improve engagement with local audiences.
“We’re very pleased to be continuing Komla’s legacy and are looking forward to finding another outstanding journalist from the continent.”
To see if you are eligible for the role and to apply, click here
You can also spread the word on social media using the hashtag #BBCKomlaAward.
The Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling, a collaboration between the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), ONE, and the Elliott family, honors an up-and-coming journalist in Africa who strives to strengthen people’s voices and improve their well-being.
The Award was established in honor of Michael Elliott, an outstanding editor, philanthropist and former ICFJ director, whose life was a testament to the power of storytelling to bear witness to and improve the human condition. Elliott served as a distinguished editor at The Economist, Newsweek and Time before becoming CEO of ONE. In 2016, he had spoken of his dream to establish an award that would bring together his belief in great journalism with his commitment to progress in Africa.
From the study tour, I came back home with great ideas and tips on digital storytelling.
– Mercy Juma, 2017 Michael Elliott Award Winner (Kenya)
Past award winners include Mercy Juma from Kenya and Abubakar Ibrahim from Nigeria. Juma’s award-winning story, “Teen Mums of Kwale,” tells of primary school girls whose families make the controversial choice to let them use contraceptives even though the practice is taboo in the Muslim communities of Kenya’s Kwale County. Ibrahim received the award for his story, “All That Was Familiar,” which chronicles the struggle of two women, one from Cameroon and one from Nigeria, to find their loved ones who have been internally displaced since Boko Haram began its insurgency in those countries.
About the Award
This prestigious annual award honors an emerging journalist in Africa who tells important stories through quality reporting. In a special study tour organized by ICFJ, the winner spends time in U.S. newsrooms to learn new skills and share knowledge. Starting in 2019, the winner will also complete a two-week internship at the headquarters of The Economist in London. To take full advantage of the tour, applicants must speak English, even if they work in another language. The winner also receives a US$5,000 cash prize to pursue an in-depth reporting project.
The contest is open to English-speaking journalists working in Africa for print, broadcast and online news media. Applicants must have no more than 10 years of journalism experience.
Applicants must submit one published story that reflects top-notch storytelling about an important issue. The submission can be a feature story; an in-depth, investigative or explanatory piece; or a multimedia report or documentary.
A copy of the published story or broadcast clip must be submitted in English. Works in other languages must include English translations.
The submitted story must have been published between Dec. 1, 2017, and Dec. 1, 2018.
A distinguished international jury selects the winner.
The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in collaboration with ONE and the Elliott family seek entries for the 2019 Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. In its third year, this prestigious award will honor an up-and-coming journalist in Africa who tells important stories through quality reporting.
Mike served as a distinguished editor at The Economist, Newsweek and Time before becoming CEO of ONE. Last year, he had spoken of his dream to establish an award that would bring together his belief in great journalism with his commitment to progress in Africa.
This award, given in Mike’s name, will provide the winner a $5,000 cash prize to pursue an in-depth reporting project. In a special study tour organized by ICFJ, the winner will spend time in U.S. newsrooms to learn new skills and share knowledge. The winner will also complete a two-week internship at The Economist in London, United Kingdom. In order to take full advantage of the study tour and the internship, applicants must speak English, even if they work in another language.
Past award-winners included Mercy Juma from Kenya and Abubakar Ibrahim from Nigeria. Juma’s award-winning story, “Teen Mums of Kwale,” tells of primary school girls whose families make the controversial choice to let them use contraceptives even though the practice is taboo in the Muslim communities of Kenya’s Kwale County. Ibrahim received the award for his story “All That Was Familiar,” which chronicles the struggle of two women, one from Cameroon and one from Nigeria, to find their loved ones who have been internally displaced since Boko Haram began its insurgency in those countries.
We invite you to submit your application if you meet the criteria – and please spread the word. The application deadline is Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
The contest is open to up-and-coming, English-speaking journalists working in Africa for print, broadcast and online news media.
Applicants must have no more than 10 years of journalism experience.
Applicants must submit one published story that reflects top-notch storytelling about important issues.
The submission can be a feature story; an in-depth, investigative or explanatory piece; or a multimedia report or documentary.
The published story or broadcast must be submitted in English. Works in other languages must include English translations.
The application deadline is Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
A distinguished international jury will select the winner.
2018 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY: ‘Through Arts and Imagination’
Re-Imagining Democracy: in search of silenced voices
Call for Submissions
Johannesburg, 3 July 2018 – What does democracy mean to you? How are youth in your community putting democracy into action? What do you see as threats to democracy today? What does your ideal democracy look like?
‘Through Arts and Imagination’ is a global contest seeking bold and original creative arts submissions – music, poetry, art, multimedia – that present youth perspectives on Re-imagining Democracy. To celebrate International Youth Day on 12 August 2018, the Youth Working Group at CIVICUS, a global civil society alliance, would like to create space for the voices of silenced youth to be heard. CIVICUS wants to provide an opportunity for youth to express a vision of democracy reimagined. You will not only get the chance to make your voice heard by a global audience, but you will also get a chance to help a cause of your choice!
“In a world in which our democracy and fundamental freedoms are under increasing threat, a world where the voices of young people are silenced and marginalised, we believe that it is up to this generation to re-imagine the democracy we want to live in,” said Elisa Novoa, of the CIVICUS Youth Working Group.
The Symposium hopes to showcase pieces that present what democracy means to you – what it looks like and feels like in everyday life. We want to see that democracy is about more than just putting a ballot in a box, but instead involves actions such as: organizing, thinking and writing, working alongside others, protesting, expressing solidarity, being part of a community, and engaging locally. You are also welcome to submit your ideas and dreams about a democracy that is true to its name – ‘rule by the people’ – and how you imagine it would play out in your community.
What are we looking for?
The Youth Day Creative Symposium has three submission categories:
Written arts: poems, short stories, essays (500 words max.)
The submission must relate to the overall theme of Re-Imagining Democracy. Submissions should present your views and feelings on the current state of democracy and your views, as a young person, on rethinking and rebuilding it.
Your submission should relate to one of the following sub-themes:
Diversity- We are One! Art that celebrate, feature and empower people of many different intersectional identities (gender, race, sexuality, age, ethnicity, nationality, etc.)
Culture and society – Breaking Barriers for all! Art that showcases intercultural-interreligious integration and “decoloniality”
Economic justice. Art that speaks to solidarity economies, democratisation of labour, youth social entrepreneurship and just transition
Democratisation of education Art that shares a message around access to education, different modes of learning, active participation and dialogue, education of multiple historical narratives
Silenced/unsilenced youth – Hear my voice! The experience of driving a rights-based agenda: organising, speaking up, mobilising.
Are you Eligible?
In order to submit a piece in this contest participants and submissions must fulfill the criteria below:
Creators must be 30 and under by 12 August 2018
Submissions must respect the deadline (27 July, 2018)
Only one submission per person
Original content that hasn’t previously been published
Submission in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese
What’s in it for you?
The top 15 submissions will be promoted on the CIVICUS social media pages.
One-day workshop run by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation to support participants in their work to share powerful messages through creative mediums on Friday 10 August in online for the top 15 submissions.
Cash prize and free CIVICUS voting membership to the organisations that the top 3 symposium participants chose to donate their prize to.
1st place: 300$US
Publication of the best (3) submission in the 2018 State of Civil Society Report.
Creativity: The submission is created based on an original idea and the participant has showed the use of their imagination and has created something unique.
Authenticity: The submission is reflective of the participant’s experience, a true lived experience, or a vision of potential experience. The piece is grounded in the reality of the topic of reimagining democracy as they understand it and creatively interpret it.
Connection to the theme: The submission directly relates to one of the presented sub-themes and explores and relevant and pertinent issue within that sub-theme.
Connection to struggle & contributions to community: The submission reflects a relevant challenge that is faced by youth based on the themes. It tells a story of an initiative creating a positive outcome for a community.
Youth perspective: The submission presents and considers the youth voice and experience.
*Consideration will be given to ensure gender, ethnic and religious diversity of contestants.
 2018 Creative Symposium partners might be able to provide a physical space to run this workshop in their cities.
 Participants will select in their registration form an organisation contributing towards the solution of their selected cause to donate their prize if their poem, song or short story is selected in the top 3.
The Africa-China Reporting Project (ACRP) at Wits Journalism is inviting all journalists, media practitioners and photographers to submit images for an Africa-China Photo Exhibition that will collect images from across Africa that best encapsulate applicants’ interpretation of “Africa–China”.
The Project will include selected images in an Africa-China Photo Exhibition and make them publicly available under a Creative Commons license, giving full credit to the image owners at all times. The Project will also select the best two images in the exhibition and give the following awards:
First place: US$1,000 grant to write an accompanying story of the image as well as a fully paid trip to the Project’s Africa-China Journalists Forum in Johannesburg on 1 November 2018, along with the option to do one of the opening speaking slots
Second place: US$1,000 grant to write the accompanying story of the image