Frequently asked questions about the Young African Leaders Awards

The Young African Leaders Awards (YALA) celebrate and honor exceptional young leaders for their community commitment, and leadership role to make their nation and the world a better place.
The Young African Leaders Awards are committed to celebrating the long-standing efforts and achievements of youth and youth groups throughout the world.

Do you know an emerging young leader between the ages of 18 and 35 who is doing remarkable things for their community, a young person working towards making Africa and the world at large a better place for the lives of so many ? If so, regardless of whether you are a proud parent, an enthused youth – you name it – if you want to nominate someone, you can. The awards are open to young people in every country in the world.

  • Start early
  • Research the criteria and the candidate
  • Write a well documented argument
  • Complete the nomination form

The award is designed for young leaders who:

  • All categories of the Young African Leaders Awards are open to young people between the ages of 18-35 years of age who have demonstrated good leadership skill in the course of embarking on sustainable projects.
  • Have demonstrated leadership in their efforts to work on behalf of youth initiatives.
  • Must have meaningfully impacted youths in their communities.
  • • Must have demonstrated strong ability in proposing innovative solutions to challenging issues of sustainable development, such as poverty, quality education, water distribution, climate change, good health and well-being, peace and security, etc
  • You cannot nominate yourself
  • African Youth Architects Board of Directors
  •  Award Committee Members
  • Age above 35 years
  • 2019 Young African Leaders Awards Winners
  • Nominees will be notified that they have been nominated for this award through email. They are required to confirm their acceptance by submitting acceptance letter through email along with the following items:
    • Proofs of organization membership, (membership Photo ID, or Card)
    • Submission of information about the organization (Website, Email address, phone number)
    • Submission of an evident based project
    • Proofs of participation in community activities (Photos, Videos, links to Medias)

    All information should be sent to

    Please note: All information shared are kept confidential.

  • YALAWARDS are Very competitive!
  • An effective nomination is key to presenting the accomplishments of your candidate to the award committee.
  • Award committee may not know your candidate
  • Award committee rely on concise, complete nominations.
  • Well written nominations highlight the accomplishments of your candidate.
  • Effective communication from you gives your candidate a good chance.

If you have shortlisted into Top 30 finalists, you will receive an email from us notifying you. However, if you do not receive an email, it unfortunately means you have not made through to the Top 30 finalists.

Once applications are submitted, they will be scored and read by a panel online judges who will select the Top 30 finalists. The panel of judges will select the Top 20 finalists. Then the Young African Leaders Awards panel will select the 10 winners through a secure voting system, submission of an evidence based projects, and an interview. Please note, nominees will only be judged based on the information requested on their nomination forms. No materials posted or emailed separately to us will be looked at during the judging process.

The 2019 Young African Leaders Awards took place on September 29, 2019 in The Gambia, West Africa.
The 2023 Young African Leaders Awards celebration will be held on May 13, 2023 in Morocco, North Africa.
The 2023 Young African Leaders Awards Diaspora celebration will be held on June 24, 2023 in New York, U.S.A

Our fourteen award categories were created to recognize and honor the continued need for inspired leadership and positive role young people played in advancing the worlds development through youth’s participation.

    • Award for Kwame Nkrumah’s Visionary Leadership
    • Nelson Mandela’s Humanitarian Award
    • Young Women of Innovation and Leadership Award
    • Education star Award
    • Art & Culture Award
    • Global Environment Award
    • Universal Peace Award
    • First-Generation Entrepreneur Award
    • Icon Award
    • Innovative Teaching Award
    • Educational Excellence Award
    • Moroccan Young Leader of the Year Award
    • Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security Award
    • Moroccan Artist/Influencer of the Year Award

To meet the 2019 YALAWARDS Winners, please click here the next round of YALAWARDS winners will be announced in May 13, 2023.


You can:

  • Follow the Young African Leaders Awards on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Follow African Youth Architects on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram

The YALAWARDS is produced by members and executives at the African Youth Architects, who work to capture youth energy at every stage of the event’s planning. The YALAWARDS truly are for youth, by youth.

The executives of the African Youth Architects are involved in nearly every aspect of planning for the YALAWARDS. Their contributions include providing feedback on creative decisions, pitching ideas for activities at the event, and collaborating on what types of awards should be handed out.

For any further questions, comments, or concerns, please email

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