The Stories of Africa

2023 African Youth Storytelling Contest

In 2023, young storytellers from across Africa once again sought to challenge the dominant narratives on the continent they call home.  Ahead of the GLF Nairobi Hybrid Conference 2023, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) and the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) hosted a youth storytelling contest to share visions for a thriving Africa where landscapes are healthy, communities prosper, and justice prevails.. We received over 250 incredible submissions from young people from across Africa and the African diaspora. Three incredible storytellers won the jury’s hearts. And the 2023 winners are…

This year, we’re changing the dominant narrative on Africa – and we need your help to make it happen.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) and the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL)  are hosting The Stories of Africa, a youth storytelling contest that aims to amplify critical voices from across the African continent.

We’re looking for perspectives from Indigenous Peoples, local communities, pastoralists, women leaders, farmers, and community leaders on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Food systems and livelihoods
  • Land tenure and rights
  • Land degradation and restoration
  • Youth initiatives  
  • Women’s leadership