AfriFEST 2016 – Essay Contest

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Essay Contest

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Essay Topics (Select One):

1.           Create a dream vacation to Africa visiting at least three cities in three different regions of Africa.

2.           What makes Africa a unique continent?

3.           Choose an African inventor and tell how his/her invention has impacted society?

Section I – General Rules

  1. The Houston AfriFEST Essay Contest is open to Texas residents who live in the following counties: Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Liberty, Chambers, Galveston, and Waller.
  1. Contestants must type an original essay with limited guidance from
  1. Any quotations or copyrighted material used in the essay must be identified properly. Failure to identify non-original material will result in disqualification.
  1. Houston AfriFEST will have the right to edit, publish, or otherwise duplicate any essay entered into the contest without payment to the author.
  1. Contestants must attend and participate in Houston AfriFEST 2016 being held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Houston Baptist University, 7502 Fondren Road, Houston, TX 77074. The contest winners will be announced around 6:30 pm.

Section II – Qualifications

  1. The requirements for participation are: middle school student in grade 6, 7, or 8. Contestants must meet all requirements to compete and be Texas residents who live in the following counties: Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Liberty, Chambers, Galveston, and Waller.
  1. Contestants must meet the application deadline – October 2, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

Section III – Contest Rules

  1. Failure to write on one of the official topics will result in
  1. Each entry must use the application page as the first page of the entry.
  1. The number of the official essay topic selected must be listed at the top right side margin of each typed essay entry page.
  1. Essays must be typed and double-spaced. (Deduction of 5 points)
  1. Essays must contain a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 400 words. Every word of the essay is   This does not include the bibliography or footnotes identifying non-original material.  (Deduction of 5 points for each 25 words over and under the limits specified.)
  1. No reference can be made in the essay that specifically identifies the contestant. This does not include nationality.  (Deduction 5 points or fraction based on degree of identification.)
  1. Any questions should be referred to NAMC Houston,, 713-568-9450.

Section IV – Judging

  1. Judging will be completed by a group of qualified judges.
  1. In an effort to conceal the identity of each contestant, each entry will be assigned a number by the essay contest chair. The assigned number will be placed on the title page and first page of the essay.  The application page will then be detached and retained by the essay contest chair.  The judges will be given the essay bearing only the assigned
  1. Only judges can assign a penalty or award points.

Section V – Scoring

Scoring procedures for all judges will be identical.

  1. Organization (Logical interpretation of the subject, adherence to topic) 40 points
  1. Vocabulary and Style (Phrasing and continuity) 30 points
  1. Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling 20 points
  1. Neatness 5 points
  1. Adherence to contest rules (prepared in the proper format) 5 points

Section VI – Awards

Awards include a framed certificate.

Awards are:

First Place $ 200
Second Place $ 100
Third Place $ 50


NAMC’s goal is to serve as a cultural bridge between the cultures of Nigeria and the United States of America.