My Africa My History (MAMYH)
The Goal of the Program
Unearthing African youths and leaders who will explore her History and historical differences in designing Policies that can address her problems.
Cash prize of twelve thousand US dollar (USD12,000) for the winner and six thousand US dollar (USD 6,000) for the runner-up
Lots of consolation prizes for outstanding team members
Stages in the Selection
Online Application and Critical Writing
Selection Criteria at this stage is based on the correctness of information fill out on the application form (10%) and the critical writing (90%)
The critical writing and essay would be evaluated based on:
- Applicants’ abilities to portray a deep understanding of African history before, during and after colonialism
- Applicant’s ability to defend their arguments using examples like the economy, politics, social structure, education
- Applicant’s should be precise and clear in their thoughts about Africa
Eurocentric literature reviews and video
Applicants would read two Eurocentric literatures:
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Evaluation at this stage would be based on:
- Applicant’s clarity of thought
- Applicant’s confidence, assertiveness and passion for the pains of Africa
- Applicant’s fluency, use of the English and precision in expression
- Applicant’s fluency in his/her native language
- Applicants reflection of his/her African identity in the video
Visible proves that the Applicant has read the book
- Excellent interpretation of the books
- Applicant’s ability to give examples of misrepresentation of African identity by these Eurocentric writers
Applicant would be invited for auditioning with different panels that would review applicants based on the following categories:
- Dance display
- Art: Pencil drawing and virtual art
- Creative writing
These creativities must be excerpt from the book, ‘The Puzzle – The Personification of Alkebulan’ written by Adat Oden and Okebiorun Rachel .
The location for the auditioning are Abuja, Calabar, and Lagos (All in Nigeria) and Nairobi (Kenya). Skype Audition would be used for applicants in Diaspora and those who are far from these locations.
The African History Challenge
Contestants who made it to this stage would be grouped into teams and lodged in ASAcube’s facility. Within this time, teams would work together to tell the History of Africa creatively. Accommodation, feeding, recreation, and gallery for rehearsals and practice and promotional materials are catered for by the Academy.
Post My Africa My History
The 20 contestants, who made at the final stage, would be casted in the Academy Film, The Alkebulan. This is actually the hallmark of the contest.
- Must be African
- Must be able to speak at least an African indigenous language
- Must be aged 16-35years as at the time of application
- Must be very creative. This is very important because at the audition and final stage of the
the contest, presentations would be assessed based on teams’ ability to express African history via stage acting, dramatizing, poetry, artwork (painting), conference discussions among others.
- Must be a good team player
- Must be able to read, understand and unravel details in critical and creative writings
Applications would be reviewed based on:
- Applicant’s ability to communicate effectively in writing
- Applicant’s creativity in writing
- Good knowledge of Africa pre-colonial and colonial experiences
How to Apply
- Application forms can be assessed here
- Application can be assessed here free of charge.
- Applicants are to pay US$5.00 for the book “the Puzzle- The personification of Alkebulan” at the time of creating the application dashboard.
My Africa My History (MAMYH)
The program is first of its kind in Nigeria and in Africa. We are standing out because of the following innovations to the program.
We have written a book, “The Puzzle: The personification of Alkebulan”, which would be used by the contestants at every stage of the competition. “The Puzzle: The Personification of Alkebulan” will be used at the final stage as reference by teams and by our judges to match the contestants presentations with real facts about African History. “The Puzzle” is a product of research and facts presented in a very complex and critical manner to engage the contestants’ literary abilities, critical thinking skills, logical conclusions abilities, imaginations and possibilities of event and rhetoric. The Puzzle be gotten online by clicking here
Two more books authored by a non-African would also be used during the program. The names of the books and their authors would be communicated in due course
Teams at the final stage of the contest would be at liberty to choose the form of performance to adopt in their presentations. Available forms are drama, poetry, conference discussion, songs, arts display and exhibitions and integration (many forms)
The winners of the competitions will be cast in our film, “Alkebulan”
There would be Alumni and the Ambassadors of the program in the proceeding year
My Africa My History (MAMYH).
While the Europeans and the Americans pride in the knowledge and the founding documents of their history, the Africans, especially, the youths of today know very little about their history. Suffice here to say, “The history of Africa, though not written so well in the slate of human existence and in real time, its little remnant is almost at the verge of extinction”, this was the assertion of the famous legendary orator, Martin Luther King (Jr). African history, which is supposed to be one of the cores in our school system, is made elective at the secondary schools. In fact, in some secondary schools in Africa, history appears to have been abolished. The Citizenship Education, General studies, course taught in the university is shallow enough to keep our graduates empty and sometimes more confused in telling the history of this great continent, Africa.
Also, the general binoculars on which the Africans, the Europeans and in fact almost everyone sees Africa’s history is in the light of the Asian and the Europeans activities in pre-colonial and colonial Africa. As though, Africans do not exist before these periods. Little wonder, Erynot Jacqueline asserts that, “African has no history except that bequeathed to her by the Asian and the Europeans”. Certainly, Africans lived and led normal lives before the appearance of the Asians and the Europeans in the continent.
Africans have paid the price of not knowing their history in different fronts, spanning from developing foreign solutions to African problems to buttressing governing policies on foreign parameters. The worst of it is the loss of African cultural signatures in our daily interactions with one another and the compromise of her unity on the altar of sovereign states,
the experiment initiated by Otto Von Bismarck to give credence and legality to his kindred to own and personalize fragments of Africa. “Africans problems require Africans solutions”, P.Lumumba, the Director of the Kenyan School of Law once stated. African based solutions would be ingrained in giving sound response to the questions: Who are Africans? Where we are coming from? What had and is happening to us? Where we are going? Above all, who do we want to be? These are history- provoking questions.
The Pentagon STaM, therefore launches a maiden edition of “My Africa my history: the Africa in the eyes of the Africans”. This is a contest-based program designed to tell the story of Africa to near accuracy by Africans and also redress the growing fingers of uncertainty in the way her story is told.