VisaFreeAfrica Initiative Taps Continent’s Youth to Highlight Challenges in Intra-Continental Travel

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VisaFreeAfrica (VFA), a global campaign to facilitate mobility in Africa, has introduced a project known as the 55 Voices for a Visa Free Africa (55Voices4Africa) writing competition. The organisation is inviting all African youth to share stories about the challenges they face with intra-continent travel.

VFA is a product of Kigali Global Shapers, a community whose vision is to create a platform that engages with the youth to inspire innovation and change, in partnership with National Aviation Services (NAS), the fastest growing aviation services provider in the emerging markets.

Kigali Global Shapers launched the writing competition to build further awareness on the important of achieving a visa free Africa. This campaign will help put a face to a large number of young Africans with missed opportunities in areas of education, tourism, health and work among many sectors they would thrive in.

The 55Voices4Africa competition is open to all African nationals between the ages of 18 and 30 years, based in any African country.

To participate in the competition, one should submit a story that is a narrative based on an experience the writer or someone they know has faced when traveling to or from an African country that involved a tedious process to acquire a visa.

The essay should be no more than 1,000 words in a narrative nonfiction style written in English, French, Arabic or Portuguese.

The deadline for submissions is 15th April, 2019 at 11:59 pm GMT.

The submitted story must be an original work, entirely owned by the entrant, and does not infringe on the copyright, trademark, intellectual property privacy or other rights of any third party under applicable laws, rules and regulations.

Winners will be announced by 30th April, 2019.


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