WHAT: The AfCFTA Youth Creative Competition is an Essay, Infographics and Animation Competition, organized by the Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA) in collaboration with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim Bank), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Under the theme ‘The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): What is in it for young Africans?’, the creative competition highlights the place of competitions and challenges in awakening the consciousness and inventiveness of the youth to contribute content that can further propel their own understanding of AfCFTA’s instruments by using simple and relatable terms and concepts generated by youth themselves. 

WHY: The purpose of the creative competition is to break information asymmetry among youth on the AfCFTA and promote a bottom-up approach to the policy formulation and implementation by harnessing innovative youth driven solutions that will contribute to active youth engagement in the popularization of the AfCFTA. 

WHO: The AfCFTA Youth Creative Competition is open to all youth (18-35 years) who are nationals of African countries, as well as those in the diaspora. The youth should be able to create animation, infographics or write essays and other creative content on the potential impact of AfCFTA on youth in Africa. 


The competition will run for two months; from 31st July – November 2021 as follows: 

  • Submissions open – 31st July 2021 
  • Submission deadline – 30th September 2021 
  • Jury reviews submissions – 1st October – 31st October 2021 
  • Announcement of winners – November 2021 


Abinaidah Chaseba, YALDA International Head of External Communications 

M: +260 97 684 5196 

E: cabinaidah@gmail.com  

Chazha Ludo Macheng, YALDA International Head of Publicity & Communications 

M: +267 7694 4699 

E: lcmacheng@gmail.com  

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