Re!gnite Africa (RA), in partnership with the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York and Shagika Tales, is implementing a project that seeks to amplify, document, and curate youth experiences about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown to their lives and economic wellbeing.

Through the project, Re!gnite will publish artwork from youth leaders, activists and artists aged 18 -30 in form of poems, drawings, essays/letters, and songs and videos not longer than 3 minutes. Additionally, examples from the government’s guidelines and measures against the coronavirus will be developed as case studies and used as learning tools for youth focused on transparency and accountability as a basis for basic rights to social security and worker’s rights and welfare.


Are you a young person, artist, or activist (18-30) with a story or an experience of how the outbreak of coronavirus and subsequent lockdown has affected your economic wellbeing? Did you lose your source of income?

  • Are there career-related opportunities you lost due to the crisis?
  • In what ways was your life been altered because of the lockdown or outbreak of the pandemic?
  • How has all this impacted your life
  • How can the government and leaders help you address these challenges?

General Guidelines

  • Open to young artists, activists and leaders aged 18-30
  • Submit your piece in the form of an essay, a poem, song or video, drawing, an audio narration, etc., to or to WhatsApp – 0770343616.
  • Submissions in English are highly encouraged. However, one can also submit a piece in a Ugandan local language
  • Deadline is June 22nd, 2020


  • Essays/letters/poems should not be more than 1000 words. They should be submitted as word documents via email or through WhatsApp
  • Songs/videos should not be longer than three minutes.
  • We recommend the following specifications for;
    • Audio: Mp3, 320Kbps
    • Video: Mp4, 1080px Full HD
  • The image and voice must be clear and easy to understand
  • Video should be shot in landscape
  • Paintings/drawings/caricatures can be in color, black and white, and use of filters in allowed


  • Outstanding submissions will be published and participants to win gifts in the form of cash, data bundles, COVID-19 safety package, etc.
  • Outstanding art pieces will be considered for further recognition under this campaign
  • 10 of the best submissions will be selected to lead this campaign as Arctivists

This project is supported by an Open Society Foundations grant managed by the Centre for Applied Human Rights – University of York (UK)


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