The African Center for Governance and Economic Management (ACGEM) is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting essay competition on the theme: “Embracing Homegrown Democracy in Africa: Unlocking the Potential of African Democracies”.

In pursuit of fostering intellectual discourse and promoting innovative ideas for the advancement of governance and economic management in Africa, ACGEM invites young scholars, students, policymakers, and thought leaders from across Africa to engage in a thought-provoking discussion on the subject of homegrown democracy in Africa.


  • 1st Place:
    • $3000 cash prize
    • All-expense-paid trip to ACGEM headquarters in Accra for a 1-month internship
  • 2nd Place:
    • $2000 cash prize
  • 3rd Place:
    • $1000 cash prize


  • Open to citizens of African countries between the ages of 18 – 35.

Selection Process

Selection process

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of distinguished experts in the fields of governance, economics, and democracy. Entries will be judged on the basis of originality, clarity, depth of analysis, and relevance to the competition theme.

Important Dates:

  • Submission Deadline: June, 28th 2024.
  • Winners Announcement: September, 30th 2024.

Method of Application

  • Essays should be written in English and should not exceed 5000 words.
  • Essays should be formatted in Times New Roman, with a font size of 12, and a line spacing of 1.5.
  • Submissions should be emailed to and copied to
  • All submissions should include a cover letter with the participant’s name, contact information, and a brief profile not exceeding 500

For More Information,

Visit the Official Webpage

Application Deadline: March 31, 2024.