Vijona Africa Contest


2019 submission window:

October 1 - October 31

Email submissions to


Vijona Africa’s Brilliant Young African CONTEST

2019 Rules of Engagement


  •  Each participant must reside in a country where Vijona Workshops were held that year (Ghana, Nigeria, or Cameroon). Participants need not have attended a Workshop, but they must be currently residing in one of these countries.

  •  There are no industry restrictions. Submissions from every industry is eligible.

  •  Each participant must be between ages 7 and 17.

  •  Each participant must submit a 1-2 minute video that highlights their talent or invention.

  •  When submitting their video, participants must include in the email their full legal name,

    age, gender, country of residence, and at least two forms of contact information (phone

    number and email, two phone numbers, etc).

  •  Each participant will be ask to provide proof of their country of residence and age before

    formal acceptance into the 2019 Contest. This verification will be done by our Vijona Africa representative in the participating countries.

Judge Requirements and Expectations:

Participants will be judged on

  1. Skill

  2. Creativity

  3. Originality

  4. Potential contribution to society

  1. We recognize that these four qualities are subjective and difficult to define. A winning submission will demonstrate a high level of talent, often honed over years of practice, as well as an impressive level of imagination and creativity. The submission will surprise the judges in some way--it will be something they haven’t seen before, at least not done in this particular way. It will have real life applications that will better society, although this doesn’t mean that it has to be entirely practical and pragmatic, in the same way that a mural or dance performance can benefit society without having to have a quantifiable or predictable impact on viewers. Participants will not be judged on the quality of their submission video itself, unless their talent is filmmaking.

How contestant submissions will be received and stored

Submissions should be sent to from October 1 through October 31 2019. After we close the submission window on October 31, 2019, all verified and eligible submissions will be released on our Facebook page from November 1 to November 30 for public likes/votes. These community votes will count towards final scores.

Judging Approach

Judging will take place between November 1 and November 30, 2019. The winners will be announced at the annual Vijona Africa Gala on December 7th, 2019. All winners will also be contacted personally on December 7th.

Follow up/tracking approach or expectations for winners:

Prize money distribution will be overseen by respective Country Coordinator. Prize money must be used by each winner to further develop their talent or innovation, whether through formal education in that discipline or through more creative means. Prize money must be spent within Africa, preferably within the country in which the child resides. A bank account will be established in the child’s name and the Contest Country Coordinator will oversee the withdrawal of funds. No money will go directly to either the child or their family members.

Winners are expected to attend at least one Vijona Workshop the following year (2020) in the country where they live. At the workshop they will present their winning talent/innovation and what they have accomplished with the prize money in the past year. Transportation to and from the workshop and lodging will be provided.

2019 Contest Timeline:
October 1: Open submission window
October 31: Close submission window
November 1: Release verified submissions to judges and to Social Media page November 1 - November 31: Judge review and selection of winners
December 7: Announce and award 2019 Prizes
December 8-31: Coordinate prize disbursement route for each winner

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