THE 2022 SAMA RANDY YOUTH WRITE CONTEST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

01-11-21

About the Contest

The Sama Randy Youth Write Contest is one of Better Breed Cameroon’s annual projects, through which the organization encourages critical consciousness in Cameroonian youth by enticing them to partake in social change discourse.

As of December 1st, 2021, Better Breed Cameroon will once again accept submissions from undergraduate Cameroonian students enrolled at all forms of higher education institutions nationwide for the 2022 Sama Randy Youth Write Contest. This is the 8th edition of the essay competition named in memory of pioneer Better Breed member Sama Randy, and it runs under the theme: Being and Becoming Cameroonian?

About the Theme

In recent years, there has been an uptick in discussions about the form of the Cameroonian state and differences between Cameroonians of different linguistic groups and tribes, as well as the inclusion of Cameroonians in the diaspora. In this connection, the government has repeatedly pushed the idea of Cameroon as one and indivisible. Yet, in 2017, it acknowledged the need to recognize the diversity of Cameroonian people with the creation of a National Commission on the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism.  

Through this edition of the Sama Randy Youth Write Contest, we challenge young Cameroonians to query what it means to be Cameroonian. We invite essays, open letters, and creative non-fiction that demonstrate critical thinking on the complexity of and issues surrounding Cameroonian identity. For the first time in the history of the contest, submissions may be made in both English and French as there will be two separate judging panels to ensure fair assessment per language.

About Submissions and the Awards

The competition is open to undergraduate students nationwide (including those in Higher National Diploma [HND] programs). All entries should have a minimum of 1 000 words and a maximum of 2 000 words in English or French. Entries should be submitted to Better Breed Cameroon as attachments via email to: contact@betterbreedcameroon.org. The subject line of the email should read: ‘2022 Sama Randy Youth Write Contest Submission’ and the body of the email must specify the participant’s name, contact number, age, degree program, and the name of their school.

Better Breed Cameroon is offering three cash awards of CFAF 100 000, 50 000, and 25 000 in each language category to the first, second and third prize winners respectively. All submissions will be graded based on content, manner of engagement, authenticity, spelling, grammar, and compliance with rules of submission.

This call for entries closes on 28 February 2022. Winners will be contacted within three weeks after the deadline and awarded soon after. For any enquiries regarding the essay contest, please contact Better Breed Cameroon by email at contact@betterbreedcameroon.org or via our social media pages: @BetterBreedCMR on Twitter, and Better Breed Cameroon on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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