3RD ANNUAL

AFRICA’S
ULTIMATE STORYTELLER CONTEST

UNITING AFRICANS THROUGH THEIR STORIES

WHAT IS THE CONTEST ABOUT?

The aim of Africa’s Ultimate Storyteller Contest is to unite Africans through the stories they share. The contest aspires to bridge barriers and create an understanding between Africans from different countries with different stories.

During the contest, participants are requested to make a video recording of themselves telling a true story that we circulate digitally and is voted on by the African public.

This encourages and recognises Africans who tell their stories of adventure, courage and breath-taking moments, stories that inspire and educate, stories that make us laugh and sometimes make us cry.

Now in its 3rd year, the contest has reached over 24 African countries, with more than 20 000 votes cast for the final stories in 2020.

TELL YOUR STORY

HOW TO ENTER

Entrance to the 3rd Annual Africa’s Ultimate Storyteller Contest contest closed on the 25th of June 2021. The next intake will open in early 2022.

AFRICA’S ULTIMATE STORYTELLER CONTEST is open to all individuals born on the African continent and who reside permanently within the African continent.

All stories are to be delivered in English and will be judged against the Hadithi ya Africa judging criteria which will be made available to you below.

Storytelling training worth $199 will be provided to semi-finalists at no cost. A virtual participant briefing will be conducted to ensure that the contest format and stages have been understood by the semi-finalists.

Please read the contest rules carefully to avoid disqualification.

THE CONTEST WILL CONSIST OF THREE STAGES

Stage one – All participants submit a 3-5 minute story before the closing date. Public votes from the general public will determine the semi-finalists that will represent their country for stage two of the contest.

Stage two – The semi-finalists submit a 5-minute true story before the closing date. The judges, who are selected from various storytelling organisations across the continent, will select 10 finalists for the final stage of the contest.

Stage three – The 10 finalists submit a 7-10 minute true story before the closing date. The general public will be encouraged to vote for their favourate story. Both the judges score and the public vote will be considered to crown the winner.

HERE ARE SOME KEY DATES TO KEEP IN MIND

CONTEST TIMELINE




MEET THE TEAM

CONTEST TEAM

PONTSHO PITSI

PROJECT COORDINATOR

NTOKOZO NDLOVU

PROJECT COORDINATOR

OMPHILE
LEPHALLO

PROJECT COORDINATOR

THANDWEFIKA TSHABALALA

CONTEST MANAGER

BUSI MASONDO

PROJECT MANAGER

MOSIE MAMAREGANE

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

HERE ARE SOME STORIES FROM THE 2021 CONTEST

RANDOM STORIES

A man’s apology to feel emotions by Oscar Hamunali

I am telling this story because it’s something I believe is happening around the world and I wanted to tell it in my voice and fueled by my story

All families weren’t like ours by Chantelle Ashley

It’s a story I’ve never told and seemed like a good place to start excavating myself. I know this is a common experience, but as a child I thought it was standard and when I realized it wasn’t, that a…

An embarrassing moment by Hope Netshivhambe

“I chose it because I initially felt awful in the moment of experiencing it, later when I got home, I decided that I’d put all of that to good use, that maybe something may come out of my embarrassmen…

Be the change you wish to see by Banonie Mwale

Banoni Mwale shares a story of how his hard upbringing shaped him to be a community leader in his village in Ngala, Malawi; believing that he would be the change that he wished to see in his immediate…

Be woman by Emma Kinani

This story resonates with me at a personal level. I went through a difficult personal experience that left me bereft, angry, and thinking less of myself than I should. I gave another human being the p…

Being Royatly by James Qeqe

I think every story needs to be heard, and this particular story is a reminder how I became an African author and playwriter.

Blinding bright light by Tshegofatso K Moyo

Tshegofatso shares a story of how she encountered lighting at close proximity, because of an apparent unsolved matter with a witch doctor.

Christmas was never the same by Nolubabalo Rani

It is a story that reminds me of forgiveness. And also we make choices in life whether good or bad and it’s your choice to live with bitterness or release yourself by forgiving the other person. I cho…