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2012 Essay Competitions In Africa


5th Continental Essay Competition

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The Africa-wide development agenda, as championed by the African Union (AU), is focused on regional integration and the formation of an African Economic Community (AEC) as laid out in the 1980 Lagos Plan of Action for the Economic Development of Africa and the Abuja Treaty of 1991 African Union (2013). The Africa regional integration roadmap considers the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) as the building blocks of the AEC (Ilmari Soininen (2014), the establishment of the  Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) initiative by 217, and although regional agreements may vary, all have the objective of reducing trade barriers among member countries and achieving a more industrialized and prosperous continent, for which the importance of standardisation and Conformity Assessment and the associated institutions of Quality Infrastructure like ARSO and the National Bureau of Standards play a central role.

The elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers called for by the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) initiative, under an effective Quality Infrastructure offers African countries a great long-term opportunity and greater challenge to improve industrial capacity and trade.  Indeed, the CFTA has substantial room to increase Africa’s trade growth dramatically and to pave the way for the industrialisation and economic transformation necessary for African countries to achieve the ambitious targets of the global Agenda 2030 and Africa’s own Agenda 2063, as highlighted by UNECA in its Economic Report of Africa 2015. The CFTA which is the Flagship project of the Agenda 2063 is poised to contribute significantly to increased competitiveness of Africa’s industrial products through harnessing the economies of scale of a large continental market; increased rate of diversification and transformation of Africa’s economy and the continent’s ability to supply its import needs from its own resources and share the benefits of an increasingly connected global marketplace.

In a nutshell, Quality Infrastructure refers “to all aspects of metrology, standardisation, conformity assessment (testing, certification and inspection) quality management Market surveillance and accreditation. This includes both public and private institutions and the regulatory framework within which they operate.” (BMZ, 2004). Experts’ opinion, universally, conquers that, Quality Infrastructure offers a complete package addressing the needs of the nation’s citizens, of customers and consumers, and of enterprises and other organizations that offer them products and services, and essentially contributes  to governmental policy objectives in areas including industrial development, trade competitiveness in global markets, efficient use of natural and human resources, food safety, health, the environment and climate change. Setting up a Quality Infrastructure System, therefore, is one of the most positive and practical steps that a developing nation can take on the path forward to developing a thriving economy as a basis for prosperity, health and well-being (UNIDO 2016).

Advocating for, and setting up an effective Quality Infrastructure in Africa, is thus in tandem with the African Union call on the African institutions to give priority to structural transformation, an overarching objective of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 that calls for the promotion of macro-economic policies that facilitate growth, employment creation, investments, manufacturing and industrialisation (AU, Agenda 2063). Already, the African Union, during the 9th Sessions of its Ministers of Trade and Industry, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2014, declared the 2017 as year of African Quality Infrastructure and called on greater awareness creation on the need of Effective Quality Infrastructure, in all African Countries.

The Winners of the 4th Essay Competition are:

OneTapera Dzidzo Jogwe1st Continental WinnerZimbabwe
TwoMoffo Kamta Diane2nd Continental WinnerCameroon
ThreeOta Ama Chinoso3rd Continental WinnerNigeria
FourAgbama Joseph AkemNigeria
FiveOgbaga Sunday ThomasNigeria
SixNiyomugabo ClementRwanda
SevenGentle Chigozie UwaomaNigeria
EightChristopher MercyNigeria
NineMaboune Pegerkouo JessicaCameroon
NineDeugooue Siaga CharlesCameroon



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Soumitra Subinaya (India) on the Grammar of Conscience
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Shashank Harivyasi (India) on Bridging the Gap: Humanity and Olympism
September 4, 2012

Akampurira Justus (Uganda) on Interpreting Olympic Values and Recommendations for Olympism in the Twenty-First Century
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Kyomuhendo Ateenyi (Uganda) on Olympism in the Twenty-First Century: The Place of a Value That Is Timeless
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Steven Schmidt (United States) on How Sport Demonstrates Our Shared Humanity
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Desislava Stoyanova (Bulgaria) on the Meaning of Olympic Values in the Twenty-First Century
August 31, 2012

Adetunji Adeniran (Nigeria) on Olympic Values That Promote Peace
August 30, 2012

Kenneth Sickle (United States) on Tools and Weapons
August 30, 2012

Jimmy Shaw (China) on Olympic Values That Inspire a Harmonious Life
August 29, 2012

Londiwe Goba (South Africa) on Respect, Excellence and Friendship: The African Perspective on the Meaning of These Values and How They Can Be Applied to Bring About Social Upliftment in the Twenty-First Century
August 29, 2012

Wihan Botha (South Africa) on the Olympic Games 2012 – Where Dreams Become Reality!
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Rand Kamaran Khalid (Iraq) on Bridging Cultures
August 27, 2012

Rakesh Ranjan (India) on Olympic Values for the 21st Century and Their Realization
August 27, 2012

Ariana Andrews (New Zealand) on International Cooperation Inspired by Olympic Values
August 25, 2012

Isaac Piche (United States) on Camaraderie Through Competition
August 24, 2012

Desislava Stoyanova (Bulgaria) on Interpreting Olympic Values for the Twenty-First Century
August 24, 2012

Edel Ochami (Kenya) on Unity in Diversity
August 23, 2012

Lydia Adzobu (Ghana) on Realizing Olympic Values Through Culture
August 22, 2012

Colette Bishogo (South Africa) on a Global Understanding of Respect and Excellence
August 22, 2012

Rakib Mahmood (United States) on Spreading the Olympic Values in the Twenty-First Century
August 22, 2012

Ukwuegbu Chijioke (Nigeria) on Promoting the Olympic Values
August 21, 2012

Prakruti Ramesh (India) on Being Educated in the Olympic Spirit
August 20, 2012

Riabko Kateryna (Ukraine) on Olympic Values in Modern Society
August 17, 2012

Aimeé Schroeder (South Africa) on A Brief Analysis of the Significance and Implementation of the Olympic Values in the Twenty-First Century
August 17, 2012

Rhoda Ennin (Ghana) on Olympic Values for the Twenty-First Century
August 16, 2012

Erica Pincus (United States) on the Olympic Games: Sport, Spirit, and Sustainability

August 16, 2012

Jennifer Aduro (Nigeria) on Olympic Values as a Breath of Fresh Air
August 15, 2012

Pang Nianliang (China) on An Interpretation of Olympic Values and Approaches to Realize Them
August 15, 2012

Obanor Riomachi (Nigeria) on Olympic Values in the Twenty-First Century
August 14, 2012

Soolmaz Abooali (United States) on ‘Mind, Body, Spirit’ and Olympic Values for Social Change
August 14, 2012

Samantha-Kaye Christie (Jamaica) on Using Olympic Values to Inspire More Humane Development
August 13, 2012

DeAnna Coon (USA) on Acceptance, Gratitude, and Respect
August 13, 2012

Sharif Angozy (Kurdistan Region, Iraq) on Olympic Values in the 21st Century
August 11, 2012

Kubra Ulutas (Turkey) on Using Olympic Values to Promote Women's Participation in Sport
August 10, 2012

Milarose Barcelona Barraca (Philippines) on Olympism Ablaze
August 9, 2012

Nicole Nation (Jamaica) on Using Sport and Education to Promote Peace Through Olympic Values
August 9, 2012

Steven Aiello (United States) on Celebrating Cultural Diversity While Remaining Unified Through Olympic Values
August 8, 2012

Roshni Dadlani (United Arab Emirates) on Excellence, Respect and Friendship: Bridging Our Global Gap
August 7, 2012

Tomas Momesso (Argentina) on the Olympic Games as a World Language
August 7, 2012

Chad Beyer (South Africa) on the Role of Olympic Values in the Twenty-First Century
August 6, 2012

Felix Tetteh (Ghana) on Using Social Media Ambassadors to Spread Olympic Values
August 6, 2012

Amanda Lo (United States) on Using Olympic Values to End Discrimination
August 3, 2012

David E. Natarén (Honduras) on Using Olympism as a Mean for Development
August 3, 2012

Melissa Kartahardja (New Zealand) on Olympic Values in the Twenty-First Century: Thinking Outside The Box
August 2, 2012

Mark McCormack (United States) on Why the Olympic Games Should Come to Murfreesboro
August 2, 2012

Amela Trokic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) on Spreading Olympic Values through English Language Classes
August 1, 2012

Monica Islam (Bangladesh) on How Playing is Winning!
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Kieran Halloran (United States) on How Shared Olympic Values Help Break Down Cultural Barriers
July 31, 2012

Devesh Lalwani (India) on Using Olympic Values to Address Inequality through Art, Education, and Sport
July 31, 2012

Paul Adepoju (Nigeria) on Haunting Shadows of Olympic Victory
July 30, 2012

Gcobani Qambela (South Africa) on Olympic Values in Today’s World
July 30, 2012

Per Svensson (United States) on Using Technology to Facilitate Global Conversations about Olympic Values
July 26, 2012

Shajwan Imad (Iraq) on Olympic Values, National Unity, and Sport
July 25, 2012

Maha Aftab (Pakistan) on Spreading Olympic Values through Youth Exchange Initiatives
July 24, 2012

Nicky Clark (New Zealand) on Creating Balance and Unity through Olympic Values
July 23, 2012

Jessie Bullock (United States) on Olympic Values in the 21st Century: Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s World
July 20, 2012

Janelle Carrillo (Philippines) on How Life is a Fun Run
July 19, 2012

Suon Dina (Cambodia) on Olympic Values and Future Generations
July 18, 2012

Angelica Sha (Spain) on Olympic Values in Today's World
July 17, 2012

Jacqueline Van de Velde (United States) on Pursuing Dreams at the Olympics and Beyond
July 16, 2012

Cara Acciaioli (United States) on Two Weeks of Unity
July 13, 2012

Norbert Germano (Philippines) on Hopes for a Better World
July 12, 2012

Nobel Cubahiro (Rwanda) on Olympic Values for the 21st Century
July 11, 2012

Maggie Dunne (United States) on A Glowing Ring of Good
July 10, 2012

Ziyanda Stuurman (South Africa) on Using Olympic Values to Promote Excellence in Personal and Communal Pursuits
July 9, 2012

Joshua Wera (Kenya) on How Living with Olympic Values Ought To Be Our Everyday Norm
July 6, 2012

Rebekah Watson (Jamaica) on Learning Multiple Languages as a Path to Global Unity
July 5, 2012

Cecilia Maritza Tenorio Pereyra (Perú) on How Olympic Values Inspire Self-Realization and Achievement
July 4, 2012

Shivaank Rana (India) on How the Olympic Values of Friendship and Mutual Respect Translate into Everyday Life
July 3, 2012

Aida Cengic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) on How War Cannot Stop Progress Inspired by Olympic Values
July 2, 2012

Abigail Clauhs (United States) on Global Effervescence: Why the Olympics Are The World's Flash Mob
June 29, 2012

Ramon Clayton (Jamaica) on Olympic Values in Today’s World
June 28, 2012

Joe LaRose (United States) on How Olympic Values Foster Respectful International Competition and Dialogue
June 27, 2012

Bianca Benitez (Paraguay) on The Value of the Olympic Games in the Twenty-First Century
June 26, 2012

Kevin Huang (United States) on Diplomacy and Olympic Values
June 25, 2012

Carmen Hofhuis (Australia) on Olympism - To Be Treasured and Respected By All
June 22, 2012

Anna Poteshkina (Russia) on How Paralympic Athletes Can Connect with the World Through Social Media
June 21, 2012

Tyler S. Bugg (United States) on How Public Art Can Promote Olympic Values
June 20, 2012

Evangelos Alexandrakis (United Kingdom) on How to Be an Olympian Yourself!
June 19, 2012

Krystle Corpuz (United States) on Living with Passion and Purpose
June 18, 2012

Benedict Mutimba (Algeria) on Engaging Youth through Sport
June 15, 2012

Farzana Fayeq (Afghanistan) on the Ways Olympic Values Can Inspire a National Focus on the Future
June 14, 2012

Charlotte Davis (New Zealand) on the Role of Olympic Values in Alleviating Poverty
June 12, 2012

Goy Phumtim (United States) on Using Social Media to Spread Olympic Values Worldwide
June 12, 2012

Kavya Srinivasan (India) on the Triumph of Respect, Friendship, and Excellence Over Socially Constructed Barriers
June 12, 2012

Jimmy Manyanga (Zimbabwe) on Using Olympic Values Education to Promote Global Unity
June 11, 2012

Kathleen Yu (Philippines) on Constructive Action Inspired by Olympic Values
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