Students For Liberty, African Liberty Organisation for Development, Rational Standard, Network for a Free SocietyThe Rational Standard would like to congratulate all winners of the Rising Tide Foundation essay contest, especially the two local winners who both made it into the top 10. The contest was locally promoted by the Rational Standard and African Students For Liberty, while being managed by the African Liberty Organisation for Development and supported by Network for a Free Society.

The essay contest, where entrants were to submit an essay discussing whether their government was helping or hindering entrepreneurship, received 634 entries from 22 countries. Four African academics judged the essays to come up with five winners and 7 runners-up.

All winners won a cash prize with the top five also being invited to a Liberty and Entrepreneurship Camp at St Paul University, Kenya, from 14-17 July.

If winners have not been contacted or have not done so already, please contact Adedayo Thomas at [email protected]

The Top Five


$1000 to Linus Okechukwu Unah from the University of Nigeria.


$700 to Hamzat Oluwasheyi Joshua from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria.


$500 to Gift Chatina from Malawi Polytechnic.


$300 to Christopher Kilatu from Ardhi University, Tanzania.


$250 to Thabiso Mondlane from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Consolation Prizes

Seven consolation prizes of $50 each were given. The second South African to get a prize was Chido Fungai Dzinotyiwei from the University of Cape Town, who came ninth overall.

Congratulations to all winners!

Nicholas Woode-Smith is co-founder of the Rational Standard and its Technical and Marketing Director. He is a student at the University of Cape Town, with majors in Politics, Philosophy and Economic History. He is the youngest council member of the Institute of Race Relations in history and the Regional Director of Southern Africa for African Students For Liberty. He also writes science fiction – prominently, the Warpmancer and Cape Zero series.