2023 Call for Nominations: Diaspora Young African Leaders Awards in Africa

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Application Deadline: March 15, 2023

The African Youth Architects (AYA) established the Diaspora Young African Leaders Awards to recognize and acknowledge outstanding contributions made by young Africans living abroad to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union Agenda 2063. This international award, which will be hosted in New York City, USA on June 23- 24, 2023, aims to give a forum that encourages and honors the outstanding contributions of the African Diaspora to the continent’s growth.

The two-day event, themed “Young people can shape Africa’s future.” will also host Shape Africa’s Future convention (SAF Convention), a gathering of Africa’s notable business leaders, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), policymakers, top investors, creators, and innovators to brainstorm on how to change Africa’s future.


The main awards up for grabs are:

  • Model African Diaspora Award: The African Diaspora Award is intended to recognize professionals in the Diaspora who have made significant contributions to the advancement of Africa. This unique award will honor Africans in the diaspora who continue to promote and champion Africa’s interests in the global arena.
  • African International Student’s Award: This award recognizes an African International student who has excelled in both leadership and academics. The awardee is involved in a variety of activities on campus and in the community in which they live. They also serve as role models for the student body by volunteering, engaging in events, excelling in school, reaching out to fellow students, and contributing to the advancement of the African continent’s development goals.


  • Nominees must be aged between 18 and 40 at the time of nomination.
  • Nominees must be Africans living abroad who are contributing to the development and building of Africa.

Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1) on March 15, 2023. Nominations submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

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