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MASK Awards

creativity and innovation competition

for young people of Africa


MASK is developing its new website that will be launched in September 2020. 

Due to the coronavirus disruptions, the MASK Awards will reopen in January 2021.

MASK Arts and Innovations Awards are dedicated to creativity and innovation of young Africans.

Since 2013, MASK Awards received more than 8,500 entries from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Seychelles,

Mauritius, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and South Africa. The works were seen by more than 650,000 people at the top cultural institutions around the world such as the Nairobi National Museum (Kenya), Turner Contemporary, Saatchi Gallery (UK),

and Library of Congress (USA).

"MASK Awards experience was an absolute game-changer for my creative occupation"

"MASK Prize is the driver of change in our society", "I gained a lot from the competition", "I urge you to continue inspiring us"

"I saw the MASK Prize exhibition and could not believe that we have so many talented young artists in Kenya"

Visit our current exhibition of MASK winning photographers

The Visual Tapestry:

20 July-7 August 2020

In partnership with Afrikan Gallery and The Viewing Room

Our latest exhibitions

Early 21 Century Young African Artists Exhibition

Saatchi Gallery, UK, Dec 2018 - Jan 2019

Our lastest exhibitions

Five-year Retrospective Exhibition

Turner Contemporary, UK, 12 May - 10 Jun 2018


MASK Awards will reopen in January 2021

In partnership with the Kenyan national newspaper The Star

and the Kenyan number 1 TV channel Citizen TV


1. Anyone who is aged 4-25 and lives in Africa

2. Any school, college or university (whether state or private)

The MASK Prize Alumni artists - those who had participated in MASK Prize in the past but now are older than 25 – enter your new work to be considered for artists list of our new and upcoming Museum of Contemporary African Art for Youth (MOCAAY). Enter good quality files via online Entry Form indicating your current age. Also make short films/videos about yourselves and your art that MOCAAY can upload to engage with your audiences.


Enter your creative and innovative artworks or entrepreneurial ideas on any theme and in any of these medium:


Paintings, drawings, collages, prints, graffiti

Installations, sculptures

Digital or computer art, animations


Architecture, furniture and fashion designs


Performance art: videos of dancing, acting, playing music instruments and singing

Entrepreneurial ideas (ideas that can be put to practice to improve our lives)

PLEASE NOTE:  All artworks or ideas must be original. Entering someone's work as your own is illegal.


Prizes are supported by Rivers Foundation (UK), The Nobelity Project (USA), Mabati Rolling Mills (Kenya), Unilever (East Africa), and Tribes Hotels Group (Kenya)

Winners are selected by Judges. Prizes totaling 300,000 KSH (Kenyan Shillings) will be awarded

at Award Ceremony at Trademark Hotel in Nairobi.

three categories:

1. Best Creative School

2. Best Artist in 2 age groups: 'Under 15' and '16-25' years old categories

3. Best Innovator in 2 age groups: 'Under 15' and '16-25' years old categories


Enter any number of works, it is free, using this online


The Entry Form will be activated in January 2021

Meantime, join our social media platforms: 

 Instagram     Twitter     Facebook     Youtube   #Creativity4aBetterFuture



  • Images - take a good-quality photograph of your artwork, save it as JPEG file  (that is more than 300 KB and less than 4 MB in size) and upload it in your ENTRY FORM
  • Films - make a short video/film, upload it to Youtube, and enter the Youtube URL link into your ENTRY FORM
  • Entrepreneurial ideas - enter them as videos/films OR images 

By entering you accept  Terms and Conditions.

Do not hesitate to contact us  for help with the entering process.


 Under 15 years old

Under 25 years old



Creativity is the ability to solve problems with new solutions.

Creativity is visual thinking, therefore, art better than any other subject teaches young people to innovate. 

Creativity is synonymous with:

technological advancement, innovation, inventiveness, resourcefulness, adaptivity, ingenuity, imagination, changing paradigm, unconventional and independent thinking, 'eureka!' and 'aha!' moment, initiative, value-creation, visionary, talent, genius, individuality and team-creativity, risk-taking, personal effectiveness, bringing change.

“MASK Prize grows creativity of the younger generations to encourage innovation and a creation of a better future.” 

Caroline Wachira-Wanyama of Kenyan Citizen TV, 2018

"Governments do not support art in Africa. MASK Prize gives young Africans their humanity back."

Pioneer of Modern African Art and MASK Patron artist Ibrahim El-Salahi, 2014

Art by some of our artists is owned by Barack and Michelle Obama. 

In JUne of 2013, they wrote to MASK a thank you letter and hand signed it:

"As our world grows increasingly interdepended, we look forward to working together

to the benefit of all nations and to strengthening the bonds between people."

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