The Africa 35 Under 35 Award For Young Africans Minds


The Africa 35 Under 35 Award for young African Minds is a yearly award ceremony to appreciate and project great Innovative minds. The main partner and sponsor of the 2020 edition is AFRICA KITOKO.

The AFRICA 35.35 recognizes the merit of 35 youth under 35 years old among the most notable brains in Africa and from the Afro Diaspora.

This program began since 2016 and has awarded 146 smart young minds from 32 countries. This new edition will have the laureates receive their honors in their respective home ountries because of the global pandemic 

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Africa 35 Under 35 Award Categories

This is a complete list of all the allowed or required categories, so scroll gently and spot the category that best fits your skill.

  • Acting
  • Advocacy and Community Action
  • Agriculture and Agri Business
  • Arts, Culture and Fashion
  • Influencer and Internet Personality
  • Corporate Manager
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Media Entrepreneurship
  • Music
  • TV and Radio Personality
  • Public Service
  • Technology

The Africa 35.35 Award Requirements

The application link is below this article, on the platform the below information is asked;

  • Full name 
  • Email 
  • Mobile number (WhatsApp) 
  • Other Mobile Number (direct line)
  • Linkedin profile (url) 
  • Nationality 
  • Please summarize in a paragraph the mission and work that you or your organization is performing. (300 characters) 
  • Please describe the specific opportunity/problem that you or your organization are working to solve
  • Please describe your work or the specific products / programs of your organization and why is your current work innovative ? (1000 characters) 
  • What is your story? 
  • What is your impact to date (kindly give a concrete figures of your impact i.e. number of staff, number of sales, turnover, number of beneficiaries, other …) (1000 characters) 
  • Please describe a past experience or achievement that demonstrates your ability to overcome difficulties and adversity. (1000 characters)

And lot more on their official site.

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The Africa 35.35 Awards Committee

The committee or brain behind this award is called the Association 3535. Association 35.35 thinks, designs and also executes new initiatives that dynamize African innovation ecosystems. 

The Association Association 35.35 brings together young professionals from 20 African countries and on this occasion collaborates with several partners in Africa.

Among the 35 laureates, they will designate the African Youth of the Year who has driven exceptional impact in Africa.

Notable Dates For Applicants

  • On July 30th to August 31st is the call for Entries
  • September 2020 is a Public announcement from the Africa 35.35 team. 
  • September 2020 will be Leadership Program and Awarding
  • Ceremony holds in the month of October 2020 

An international and independent jury comprised of personalities is in charge of selecting the laureates, according to the following 3 criteria : Demonstrated leadership (20%), Innovative nature of work (30%), Positive impact (50%)


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