ARSO 8th Continental Essay Competition for African Students 2021

ARSO 8th Continental Essay Competition – Here is a detailed guideline on how you can apply for the ongoing ARSO 8th Continental Essay Competition for African Students in 2021.

The Competition aims to have 3 categories of winners: the National, Regional and Continental.

In this regard, ARSO is requesting all the National Standards Bodies in Africa to organize the competition at the National level and send out the attached documents (8th Continental Essay Concept Paper and the Registration Form) to the various Universities /Colleges eligible for the competition.

The NSB is expected to conduct the competition at National Level. This entails sending out the relevant documents to Colleges/ Universities, receiving the essays from the participants, doing the assessment and awarding or giving recognition to the winners as appropriate to the NSB.

The organizers are inviting students in institutions of higher learning in Africa (Colleges/ Universities approved lay their local commission of higher education) to submit their essays on the theme: “”The role of standardisation in promoting Arts, Cultures and Heritage – The Creative Econonmy in Africa”” to their respective National Standards Bodies (NSEC) email addresses, (Confirm with your respective NSBs on the submission dates).

Theme: “”The role of standardisation in promoting Arts, Cultures and Heritage – The Creative Econonmy in Africa””

Competition Entry Rules & Conditions

  1. This competition is open to Citizens of all African Countries below the age of 35 years living in Africa and studying in a university/college recognised by the local commission for university education or equivalent body in their countries
  2. Length of essays : Essays should be between 1000 and 1200 words
  3. Presentation: Essays should be double spaced and presented in Century Gothic, size 12
  4. Language of essays: Essays must be submitted in English or French
  5. Information on the author: Authors may use up to 50 words to describe themselves. Information should include their names, course and year of study, name, town and country in which their  university is (N. B: this will not be part of the 1000- 1200 words)
  6. Contacts of authors: Authors should provide us with their postal, physical, telephone and email addresses on the first page of the essay together with the title of the essay and information on the author. Also kindly attach a copy of the Identity Card or pass port and a completely filled registration form that can be obtained from Apex ( and ARSO (
  7.  Eligibility
    • The following essays are not eligible for this competition:
      1. Essays that have been shown or accepted for other competitions.
      2. Essays that have been published in any form.
      3. Essays that focus on the work of a particular person, organization or brand name.
  8. Number of essays to submitted: Participants are only allowed to submit one essay.

ARSO Continental Essay Competition Prizes

There will be two levels of winners

At Regional Level

  • 1st position – USD 500
  • 2nd position –USD 300
  • 3rd position – USD 200

At Continental Level

  • 1st position – (male and female) each USD 1000
  • 2nd position –USD 800
  • 3rd position – USD 500

In addition the 1st Position Winner will be awarded a trip and accommodation to the next ARSO general Assembly Events in Kampala, Uganda that will take place in 2020 to be honored.

How to Enter ARSO Continental Essay Competition

Email address for submission in Nigeria:


Deadline: June 4 2021.

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